i can't believe i was hearing this from a hispanic woman. She had light skin, in her late 70's. She had on too much makeup, dressed quite garishly, and had her hair (what's left of it) dyed blonde.
She laid there on the examination bed and said: "I know i'm spanish. i was born and raised in Mexico (which means you're mexican - especially if your mom and dad were mexican), but i always felt like i am spanish. I'm better than these mexicans. My Parents told me i was."
"I don't even SPEAK like them. I don't even LOOK like "them". I belong in Spain.
I looked at her, and asked: "Ma'am, have you ever BEEN to Spain?"
"Well, no.. but i think i'm spanish.."
I had to give her a rude awakening: "Ma'am, i was in Spain. Rota, Spain, and other parts. If you so much as "spoke" their language wrong, they'll probably come after you, and not in a good way. The Spanish don't like Mexicans. Plus, they speak a totally different dialect altogether. The last New Mexican i know that went over said he was spat on.."
Her reaction? "OH!"
like i pinched her?
"But i'm not like these Mexicans, i'm lighter. These Mexicans are jealous of me. The Spanish won't like me because i'm different, i know..."
that's when i realized...
Can't wait for her to go over there. The strange part? The spaniards liked the fact that i was in the military, and doing something to better myself. They were very open about their prejudice against uneducated/non-wordly people in general. If you were black that didn't help matters.