Skin color cited in Mexican inequality Published: Oct. 6, 2010 at 6:54 PMThis is not new news—Benito Juarez was revolting against this condition in at the time of the American Civil War, although he didn't achieve much in the way of actual equality.
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 6 (UPI) — A U.S. study says skin color leads to profound social inequality in Mexico despite state-promoted ideology denying the existence of such prejudice.
The study from the University of Texas at Austin found individuals with darker skin tones have less education, have lower status jobs, are more likely to live in poverty, and are less likely to be affluent, a university release said Wednesday.
The study by Andres Villarreal, an associate professor of sociology, was published in the October issue of the American Sociological Review.[More]
Mexico's ruling class, (also its productive class—there's a reason they're on top) is composed of mostly white people descended from the Conquistadors, and and people of immigrant stock like Carlos Sarukhan, the Mexican-Armenian ambassador to the United States.
I believe the last President of Mexico who wasn't white was Lazaro Cardenas, a radical who nationalized the oil companies, ensuring that oil exploration in Mexico would be done by the Mexican government. (Yes, they are running out of oil.)
"These differences in socioeconomic outcomes are, of course, insufficient to demonstrate the persistence of discriminatory practices against individuals based on the color of their skin," Villarreal said.It would actually be enough to satisfy the EEOCâ€™s Four-Fifths Rule, but Mexico doesn't have an EEOC.
"However, the fact that differences in occupational status across skin color categories cannot be fully explained by other factors suggests that Mexicans with darker skin tones may in fact face discrimination in the labor market."Yes, there's a lot of prejudice, but that's not the whole story. The fact is that different groups have different levels of ability, not that I'd expect such an explanation to appear in the news.