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Mexican Opinion, American Racism, and the War of 1846

Mexicans expressed alarm with increasing frequency at the threat of American expansion and at the growing realization that American con­ descension toward others included Mexicans. As early as 1822 the first Mexican minister at Washington warned his government that the Ameri­ cans were an arrogant people who thought of Mexicans as inferiors.28 El Sol reported in 1826 that John Randolph in a senate speech insisted that his countrymen ought not to associate as equals with the people of Latin America, some of whom had descended from Africans. The Mexi­ can editor believed that Randolph’s view was typical of the “fanatical intolerance” that prevailed in the United States.29