A friend from El Paso Tx said her elementary schoolteacher used to call the kids ''pingos'' when they misbehaved [~ ''rascals''].
From the article: ''This is a traditional character that reflects part of Mexico's culture,'' Caballero said. ''His mischievous nature is part of that character.''
Absolutely true, which doesn't excuse any 2005 hurt feelings.
''However, Penalosa said many Mexicans still assume all blacks are foreigners, despite the fact that at one point early in the Spanish colonial era, Africans outnumbered Spanish in Mexico.'' [Emphasis added]
But ... weren't the Spanish and Africans all ''foreigners'' in that place and time?!
Regards, Doug in New Mexico
.....on their way from the US to Mexico city to protest this one:
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- The Mexican government has issued a postage stamp depicting an exaggerated black cartoon character known as Memin Pinguin, just weeks after remarks by President Vicente Fox angered U.S. blacks.