Essay Class Echoes With Laughter - Original Writing

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I slouched lower in my desk, embarrassed as the class echoes with laughter. The substitute teacher had just butchered my name calling me Alejandro, a boy’s name. It would be pointless trying to correct her because I would end up reminding her again. I should be used to this by now because it happens all the time. This wouldn’t happen if I had a more American name like Baylee or Aby. But instead my name gave away my ethnicity, which everyone looks down upon. But it was at this moment in Mrs. Wood’s classroom that I promised myself it was the last time I was going to let my ethnicity make me feel inferior to others. This is the obstacle that I have overcome to get to where I am today.
I am already set up to inferiority at school because I have one of the most authentic Mexican name that exists. My name marks me just like the star of David marked the Jews. And I have medium brown skin, so it was really easy to figure out I was a child of Mexican parents. My name made a difference in the way I was perceived by others. I figured this out at school when I would never be used as an example by teachers during class because they thought I didn’t know English. They thought this because I was in the English as a second language (ESL) program. The fact the I wasn’t allowed much participation in class made me feel that I wasn’t good enough to be called on. I didn’t know what the ESL program was but I knew there were only Hispanics in it. I just knew I was taken out of my classes and away…

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