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Posted by: kchappell | May 24, 2012 | No Comment |

This video shows the racism that is still going on across the country.  It is from a news station in Texas, which is reporting a story about a boy that took down a  Mexican flag in his school.  The boy was suspended for doing so.  The reporter that was interviewing the boy’s mother seemed to agree witht he mother, that the boy was correct in throwing the flag in the garbage. I think that this violates the way that reporters are supposed to be neutral, and stick to the facts, not opinions.   However, there is a large population of Mexicans in Texas, and the flag was put up to celebrate their Cinco De Mayo Holiday.  This story seems to me to be racist, and very sad.  People can not even accept a flag.  I think that this is a shame, especially since we are a country that believes in accepting other cultures.  Even the adults in the video do not know any better.

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Posted by: kchappell | May 24, 2012 | No Comment |

This shows the heartbreaking consequences of deporting illegal immigrants.  The girl in this video has to now take care of herfamily as if she was aan adult.  She did not even graduate high school yet, and she has a great burden placed upon her.  The girl has to go to school and then go to work and try to pay the bills and feed her younger siblings.  There are also emotional consequences because the young children do not have their primary caregiver with them anymore, and the high school girl is being overloaded with responsibilities.

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Posted by: kchappell | May 24, 2012 | No Comment |

This video shows the struggles that illegal immigrants go through in hopes of a better life.  They face starvation because they have trouble getting jobs.  The reason that they come here is to support their families, but that does not always work out because many people will not hire illegal immigrants without social security cards.  This forces them to wait on street corners, hoping that someone will hire them as day laborers.  Although they face these troubles, they are still optomistic because the little money that they make here, is worth more than a peso.

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Posted by: kchappell | May 24, 2012 | No Comment |

This video talks about the difference between race and culture.  The man making hte video tried to interview Hispanic people to see what race they thought that they were.  Many of them refused to think about the fact that they could have American Indian ancestors.  The people that he interviewed thought that they were the white race because they did not think their skin was dark enough to identify with the black race.  However, when the man making the video suggested they could be American Indian, they dismissed the idea.

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Posted by: kchappell | May 23, 2012 | No Comment |

This video shows they way in which the latino communiity is growing in this country.  They stated that many millions of latino citicens are under the legal age to vote, and threfore will change the politics of the country when they can do so.  There is a movement among Latinos to gain more rights and to be accepteed into the mainstream.  However, there are some conservatives who do not agree with this.  These people, such as the radio show host, are closed minded towards Latino immigrants, and can not realize that they can have a beneficial impact on the country.

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Cover Letter

Posted by: kchappell | May 23, 2012 | No Comment |

I enjoyed this course this semester.  I think that I now have a greater appreciation for Latinos and the struggles that they face coming to the United States.  I also liked alot of the readings that we did, and felt that they were interesting.  One thing that I liked the most about the class was the focus on the writing aspect.  I think that you have helped me to become a better writer, and I am more conscious about the things that I write, when writing papers.  In addition, I learned alot of things that I did not know before.  Being an English major, I appreciate this because they are things that I feel I should have learned a while ago.  I never knew how to write a title before, and I did not even know what articles were.  Overall, I think that the class was helpful and interesting.

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Changes

Posted by: kchappell | May 23, 2012 | No Comment |

 

“The Story of My Body” by Judith Ortiz Cofer

 

“I was born a white girl in Puerto Rico but became a brown girl when I came to live in the United States. My Puerto Rican relatives called me tall; at the American school, some of my rougher classmates called me skinny bones, and the shrimp because I was the smallest member of all my classes all through grammar school until high school..”

 

This quote shows the difficulties that a Puerto Rican girl had when she immigrated to the United States. In her home country she was perceived as being one way, and when she came to the United States, everything changed. She was seen as being tall and a white girl in her home country. When she came here, people called her names such as ‘shrimp’ because she was short in comparison to the new people she was around. In addition, she noticed a change in skin color. When she was in her home country, she was one of the people with lighter skin. However, when she came to the United States she had darker skin in comparison.

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Can I go to School Please?

Posted by: kchappell | May 23, 2012 | No Comment |

 

Under the Feet of Jesus Chapter 2 by Helena Maria Viramontes

 

“His grandmother had reassured him, this field work was not forever. And every time he awoke to the pisca, he thought only of his last day here and his first day of high school. He planned to buy a canvas backpack to carry his books, a pencilsharpener, and Bobcat bookcovers.”

 

I thought this quote was powerful because the boy is looking forward to going to school. The sad part is the fact that he has to work in the fields to help support his family. However, he can only tink about the day that he will get to go to achool. This was interesting to me because I consider school to be such an important thing in a child’s life. He was being like a regular kid wanting to but new school supplies for his first day of classes, however he had to do hard labor and delay school.

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We are the same

Posted by: kchappell | May 23, 2012 | No Comment |

 

Nigger-Reecan Blues” by Willie Perdomo

 

“-Hey Willie, what are you, man? Boricua? Moreno? Que? Are you black? Puerto Rican?

 

-I am.

 

-No, silly, you know what I mean: What are you?

 

-I am you. You are me. We the same. Can’t you feel our veins drinking the same blood?”

 

This story shows the way that people characterize each other based on their looks. They wants to place others in specific categories because another person may look one way or speak a certain language. However, teh person that answers the question explains that we are all the same. He goes deeper than looks aand says that we all have the same blood. This is meant to be that people are all teh same on the inside. He did not even answer the original question because it seemed irrelevant to him.

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Puerto Rican Imperialism

Posted by: kchappell | May 23, 2012 | No Comment |

 

“‘All this country does is abuse its Hispanic nations,’ my father said, turning a page of his post, ‘tie them down, make them dependent. It says democracy with one hand while it protects and feeds facist distators with the other.’ His eyes blazed with a strange fire.”

 

“The Boy Without a Flag” by Abraham Rodriguez is a story about a Puerto Rican boy who is trying to understand the relationship between Puerto RIco and the United States. He hears things about Puerto Rico from his father, and becomes confused about how he should feel towards the United States. The boy’s father is expressing the attitude that he disagrees with imperialism. He does not think that it benefits Puerto Rico to be controlled by the United States. He feels as though they enable dictators to control Puerto Rico instead of helping them to becoome an independent country.

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