Racial tension between Mexicans and blacks, especially on the west coast and in some parts of the south, is tied to an ugly history.Take the segregation and gang rivalry in Los Angeles or the hate crimes in southern states, like Texas and Atlanta.
My mom knew her father wouldn't approve either way. She knew if she wanted to be with my dad, she'd have to runaway with him. Despite not knowing she was pregnant with my older brother at the time, she hid in a bunk in the back of my father's van and they crossed the border together.
The Pew people didn't get into the why of the matter, but I'd argue it's because of the scandalously low amount of Latinos in college — coeds tend to get with what's around, you know?
All this said, chula, ALL Mexican men want a gabachita at some point in their lives, regardless of class — witness the shout-outs given to the wetbacks who nailed American women in Los Alegres de Teran's "El Corrido de los Mojados" and "El Mojado Acaudalado" by Los Tigres del Norte (your humble Mexican can boast of a mick and a Yid in his past).
They settled in a largely Mexican neighborhood in San Jose, California.
Then, when I was five-years old, they moved to Tracy, about an hour drive east of San Jose, where the population was, and remains, predominantly white.