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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 26, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 13

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Professor of Anthropology, the University of Chicago.
(Prof. Frederick Starr, the noted' anthropologist, knows Mexico better
than any other American, perhaps. In pursuit of his studies the study of
the science of humanity he made 22 visits to that qoiintry and',, as. is his
practice, he lived among the plain people the peons. Prof. Starr, is now
writing a book on Mexico which will be published by The Bible. House, Chi
cago. The following chapter, which has never before been published, is
printed here by special permission.) . .
Anti-Americanism; is a reality in
Mexico! We 'Americans are:hated as
a people, we are hated as a: nation. .
Why do the Mexicans hate us? '
Primarily and fundamentally be
cause they are Spanish-Indian, while
we are Anglo-Saxon. Our 'charac
teristics are profoundly different. Our
ways of looking at things are dif
ferent. We despise the Mexicans, be
cause they differ from us; they hate
us because we differ from .them.
We have sent them quantities of
adventurers who have gone there to
"show them how to do things." They
think everything in Mexican methods
is a mistake; they will "introduce
real American .methods." But in a
thousand ways American methods of
business are ill-adapted to Mexican
surroundings, and the attempt to
force them upon the country is pure
folly. No other foreigners who go to
Mexico make that attempt. Even the
English do not. and the Germans, the
French and Italians adapt themselves
to the conditions of the country as
far as possible, and not the condi
tions of the country to their own
ideas. So there exists between them
and the Mexicans a much better feel
ing than between the latter and our
selves. Another reason the Mexicans do
not love us. is that they have had
small reason to admire our official
representatives among them. Our
consular' service the world over has
been a laughing stock; particularly
has it been a disgrace in Mexico.
Often our representatives there have
been men .of inferior ability, with no
intelligeneej.dr social training, and
with no'.mQral jideals. .
We ajeinformed' that one.cohsular
officers-sip' ''bcfcuiiyjng one of the
most important positions in the ser
vice, lia'djtd have, the superintendent
of schopfe in, hisown town "write his
Prof. Frederick Starr.
letter of acceptance for him when
his appointment came from Wash
ington! All the affairs of hjs office
have been in the hands of a pains
taking German assistant, who is not
even an American citizen!
The incompetence of .our repre
sentatives as officials, their lack of
character.as men, their scant mental
endowments and total lack of social

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