Essay on The Myth Of A Latin Wom I Just Met A Girl Named Maria

987 Words Feb 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Stereotypes are what people generalize others to be just because their personal characteristics are different from one another. This has been an on-going conflict in our society because of the fact that it privileges certain people to have more advantages than others when it comes to jobs, education, and who the people are. But the problem that society has when it comes to stereotyping is that they do not see the real dangers of what it has been doing too many of these people. Such dangers have led many to believe that based on skin color, race, gender, and other traits, people are potential threats, less privileged, and thought to be just different in general. In the essays “The Myth of a Latin Woman: I Just met a Girl Named Maria” by Judith Cofer and Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space” by Brent Staples, the reader is introduced to the real life experiences of stereotypes and how they impact many of these lives in different ways.
In Cofer’s essay, she explains her personal experience with being stereotyped just because she was Latina. To many people, she explains how “Mixed cultural signals have perpetuated certain stereotypes—for examples, that of the Hispanic woman as the “hot tamale” or sexual firebrand” (Cofer 234). The reason why she claims this is because during her time of growing up, she talks about how Latinas were treated based on their skin color, accents, and the way they dressed. Most people chose not to take them seriously,…

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