Locals, scholar sound off on why New Mexicans don’t like Texans

It’s no secret that New Mexicans and Texans sometimes have their differences. Now, a UNM assistant professor said there’s a historical reason why the two states often duke it out.

New Mexico and Texas are two states with big claims to fame.

We have our chile, national parks and our love for extraterrestrials.

Texas has their sports teams, NASA and Matthew McConaughey.

A UNM PHD student claims there is a reason why Texans and New Mexicans don’t get along.

“Often times it’s based on a lot of history,” said Joseph Paul Hall-Patton.

He’s part of UNM’s history department. Online, he goes by “The Cynical Historian” and he is the creator behind the video: “Why New Mexico Hates Texas.”

“New Mexicans have a pretty unique hatred for Texans,” said Patton in the video. “And that history between Texas and New Mexico has been continuously violent for about a century.”

Patton said the two states did not get along for almost a century because of Texan invasions, territorial claims and more. While his video takes a historical stance as to why Texans and New Mexicans have their differences, people we spoke with have their own reasons.

“I think it’s just because we got better beer,” said Nate Begay.

“I feel like Texans are more cockier for some reason,” said Mark Watson.

“We have better food and then again I would say we have a much richer history in terms of Native American artifacts and what-not,” said Ping Yang.

Invasions, territorial claims and history aside, it may just be a matter of pride.

“We have mountains, we have White Sands as well,” said Luie Chavarria. “I think we have a lot of opportunities people underestimate.”

“I don’t think Texas really has that,” said Begay. “At least, they wish they did.”

Patton said he has got more than 43,000 clicks from that video. He is releasing his next video: “Stars on flags and their meanings,” within a few weeks.

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