Racial Stereotypes Of Hispanic And Hispanics In The United States

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During the 1900’s people from all different countries began moving to the United States. Some of these immigrants had a harder time than others. Hispanics and Latinos from Mexico and Latin American countries began to immigrate to the United States, and with that came racial identities that they had to deal with. For example, they had and continue to have classification issues among their race, so on the census they are classified as some other race (Hispanic Population, Pg. 15). According to the 2010 Census, 308.7 million people lived in the United States and on April 1, 2010, 50.5 million were of Hispanic or Latino origin (Hispanic Population, Pg. 2). Not only were there 50.5 million Hispanics or Latinos in 2010, but that number is continuing …show more content…
It not only assigns racial identities to African Americans, but it assigns racial identities to Hispanics and Latinos too. Because Hispanics and Latinos are of all different skin colors, they tend to refer to themselves as different names, such as Moreno, dark, bronze, olive, or chocolate, but they will not refer to themselves as white (Garcia, Pg. 104). They refer to themselves as these names because they do not like the derogatory term of Negro (Black). They believe that whites, “think no one else can be white” (Oboler, Pg. 129). Hispanics and Latinos know that they are different, however, they feel discriminated against because they are treated differently than whites. For instance, one girl describes an instance when she is shopping. The clerk will not look at her, but when white, blonde girls walk in, she goes immediately to help them (Garcia, Pg. 92). Furthermore, when Hispanics are referred to as “Mexicans”, they believe that means a skin color (Garcia, Pg. 95). A good example of this is that one young Hispanic overheard some white girls saying they do not like Mexicans, and the reason she gave for being hurt was that she cannot change her skin color (Garcia, Pg. 95). Being racially identified

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