Magical Urbanism Summary

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Although the US has had a greater number of Latinos in metropolitan cities, it has also tried to limit it growth through deportation and stifling its influence over US society. Mike Davis in Magical Urbanism tries to present the contemporary experiences of Mexican and other Latino groups in the US, whether it is the higher demography, the racism faced by many, or the chances for the Latino group to succeed in the US. The experience of Latinos in the US has followed the same experience as those of Latin Americas relation with the US since many face the racial bias against them such as the scandal from Steven Woods death, the exploitation of immigrants seen through the maquiladoras and the emphasize of US customs being superior to that of Hispanic …show more content…
The exploitation of Mexican labor has been a rather constant in US, where the most prominent example was the Bracero program but an example of Latinos in the border presents the harsh reality that some Latinos face. Although the border seems to separate the countries, the reality is that it is as much a zone of the US whether in a place like El Paso or Ciudad Juarez, and one major site of exploitation are the Maquiladoras. Factories on the Mexican side that mainly has women, has faced the environmental issues of industrialization. NAFTA allowed international companies exploits the labor of Maquiladoras, considering that Ciudad Juarez barely gets 1.5 million in taxes from the various Fortune 500 maquiladoras. The major environmental decay in these sites was done through toxic waste going down the river where it can contain every known viral and bacterial microorganism that can kill a person in the western world. One of the most tragic result of the exploitation comes from the mass deaths because many maquiladoras have women as workers, and as they ae dehumanized to be only cheap labor, there has been mass disappearances and deaths since they are not valued as much if they were of a different race. In all, NAFTA …show more content…
In the statistics of Latinos in school, the high school dropout rates are abysmal at level in which 30 percent in 1997. In many effects, the decrease of returns for Latinos comes from Anglo American have invested less in schools with Latino plurality. A more significant loss for Mexican and other Latino groups is the bilingual programs in K-12. With programs like English Only, it repeats the view of Americans since the imperialism age of viewing their culture as superior to that of Latin America. Another major example was that of Ford in Fordlandia in which he believed that his system of production and ideology could be implanted in Brazil without any modification. As a counterpoint, Davis emphasizes the way that the English only programs are not successful, as the National Academy of Science has rejected the one size fits all. The major concern of Davis in Disabling Spanish is the idea that Latino children would prosper in Bilingual programs if they have the resources such as well-trained teacher, dedication of parent and money for supplies, but that is hard in communities which mainly have working class poor Latinos. As many Latinos have faced losses in the education system, they can have some gains whether in education of in a political union with African

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