Never Marry A Mexican By Sandra Cisneros Essay

838 Words Apr 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
In Sandra Cisneros’ “Never Marry a Mexican,” the narrator of the story recalls her troubled affair with a married white man. It is evident that the narrator is a Hispanic female, but her age is unknown. Nevertheless, most readers will infer that the events in “Never Marry a Mexican” occurred over a long period of time. Hence, “Never Marry a Mexican” is a brilliant, short story that discusses self-hatred and white privilege. White people are extremely influential in the Western Hemisphere due to the fact that their ancestors conquered the New World. Therefore, the forefathers of America designed a system that focused on the advancement of white people while excluding people of color (Blay 2011). In the beginning of the short story, the narrator, Clemencia states, “the men clearing off the tables or chopping meat behind the butcher counter or driving the bus I rode to school every day, weren’t men” (Cisneros 110) and this allows the readers to understand the condition of the Latino community. Evidently, the Latino community is forced to settle for jobs with lower wages because of the systematic racism in America. Frankly, many people do not understand the truth definition of white supremacy. According to Yaba Amgborale Blay (2011), many people of color have adapted the ideologies of white supremacy and they are not aware of it. For example, Clemencia tells Drew that her mother told her to never marry a Mexican because she will have a hard life if she does. Thus, the mother…

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