Blog Essay #1

What are your general thoughts on all the different terms/labels used for Latinos? Also, if you are Latino, which term do you prefer to label yourself with and why? If you are not Latino, which term do you hear used most, and explain why you think that is the case.

Murphy, Ryan, et al. “South Hills High School.” Texas Public Schools, 5 Apr. 2019, https://schools.texastribune.org/districts/fort-worth-isd/south-hills-high-school/.

My general thought of all the different terms/labels was surprised because I hadn’t heard of terms like Lantin@, Latino/a, Mexican-American, Mexicano, etc. I am a Latino, but I prefer to be called Hispanic since it’s most identified, not gender-specific, and easy terms. I use the term Hispanic to define my ethnicity because I was born in a county and school where most people identify themselves as Hispanic. My school demographic shows 86.7 percent for Hispanics but doesn’t use Latino (Murphy et al., April 2019). So, I have not been exposed to different terms than Hispanic, so being called another term seems unfamiliar. The second reason is the word Hispanic doesn’t revolve around a specific gender. I can easily use one term that identifies me, unlike Latino/a because -o is usually used for men or everyone no matter their gender, and -a is used for women. I would rather have one term than two terms to represent my ethnicity as a woman. Finally, I find it easy to say my ethnicity in Spanish and English to Spanish-speaking and English-speaking individuals. Overall, I found it interesting about the new term, but I prefer to be identified as Hispanic since the majority identify themselves, doesn’t revolve around a specific gender and is an easy term to say in Spanish and English.

Blog essay #2

Write a short-answer essay where you discuss one interesting thing from “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” and one interesting thing from one of the two rap songs posted in this week’s Module. This “things” you discuss can be concepts, ideas, or point made. Make sure to give your thought on why you found those thing interesting to you.

On page 34 of “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” Gloria Anzaldua brought up how her teacher caught her speaking Spanish and getting punished for it; I find this part of the reading interesting since it exposes a problem with discourages culture and silencing voices (Anzaldua, 1987). Anzaldua’s teacher promotes discouraging the share of culture from using physical violence even though students are sent to school to learn and not punished for their culture or language. Even now, Spanish and other languages except English would have their voices silent by teachers. Since I came from a school where students were born in a Spanish-speaking household, teachers would not use violence. Still, they would say, “Don’t speak Spanish to your friend in class since I don’t understand the language” or “don’t speak Spanish because this is an English class.” Silencing the Spanish language and discouraging Hispanic culture still happens today, and I find it interesting that Anzaldua talks about her past experience. Going to Snow Tha Product music “Bilingue” she sing, “parece que alguien la trae contra mi proque de mi parte parece que ni los de alla, me queieren ni tampoco aca que porque soy mujer y tan fenomenal” I find it interesting since it talk about the inequality of women (Product, 2019, 1:59). The translation is “seems that someone brings it against me because for my part it seems that neither those over there love me nor here because I am a woman and so phenomenal.” This verse exposes the inequality of how women don’t have the same respect as men, especially when working in the rap industry since most people see rap as a male-dominated job, but Snow Tha Product is breaking the stereotype. Snow Tha Product brings to light about issue of having unequal respect since she is a woman.

Blog Essay #3- Deportation

Choose one of the poems/lyrics we discussed and share your thoughts on it. Write about what you think is interesting or powerful.

Janel Pineda’s poem called “To be a Latina Woman on College Campus” is powerful to me, especially when she talks about “living every day terrified that family members will be deported.” I found Pineda’s lyric so profound because of a similar situation and the feeling of powerless. First, the quote is identical to the situation I live in every day because my parents are illegal immigrants, and they are always at risk of getting deported. I knew my parents were not from here at a young age and believed any police officer would take my parents away, so I would try my best to get far away from any police officer in fear of being separated from my parents. Now, my fear toward any police officer had worsened. I noticed it when I saw my dad talking to a cop outside; I was afraid they might get him then my mom, which I was still not prepared for since a five-year-old, seven-year-old, nine-year-old, and 13-year old sisters needed their parents in their lives, but thankfully, cops were looking for someone else. Secondly, the quote of the poem brought a feeling of powerless, just thinking as a daughter or a son seeing your parents getting deported and pleading with the ICE authority that your mom and dad is not a bad person or not to take them away. Some ICE authorities do not see a family member but an illegal immigrant, and some ICE authorities want them to go through the process legally. Still, the process is not easy and might take a long time before getting accepted back to America. Overall, Pineda’s poem is profound because I could relate to my experience and bring vulnerable emotions.

Blog Essay #4- Religion and Politics

Discuss two interesting statistics that you discovered about Latinos and their political views. Make it clear what the two pieces of data are and then give me your thoughts/insight/analysis of them.

“Religion in America: U.S. Religious Data, Demographics and Statistics.” Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, 9 Sept. 2020, https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/racial-and-ethnic-composition/latino/.
Krogstad, Jens Manuel, et al. “Key Takeaways about Latino Voters in the 2018 Midterm Elections.” Pew Research Center, Pew Research Center, 27 Aug. 2020, https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/11/09/how-latinos-voted-in-2018-midterms/.

The two interesting statistics are that most first-time voters in the midterm are Hispanics, and 59% of Latinos believe in God. I found it surprising that about a quarter of Hispanics voted their first time in the midterm in 2018 since I thought that more white people would be the majority of first-time voters, mostly the young generation of white people. Since whites are the majority and young adults are starting to pay attention to politics. But, I am glad that more Hispanics are beginning to vote in politics since it would give the community a voice. The second statistic that surprises me is 59% of Latinos believed in God in 2014. I thought it would have a higher percentage since Latinos are prominent in their religion. Also, as a Hispanic person living in a majority Hispanic community and used to go to the Catholic Church, I thought more people would be 100% certain in believing in God. Since my relatives, friends, and parents seem like they certainly believe in God, I was one of the people who were fairly certain during 2014. Which surprised me that about a quarter of people fairly certain believes in God.

Blog Essay #5- Racism and Impact

The three articles talk about racism and impact. Racism has greatly affected minorities based on David Schanzer’s article about the El Paso shooting. I heard about the El Paso shooting, but I didn’t know the shooter was greatly influenced by Trump’s fearful speech “of an immigrant “caravan” from Central America. (Schanzer, 2020) And Schanzer added that the “El Paso shooter posted online… “in response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” (2020) I found it scary that a racist President can make people commit this domestic terrorism. When I first heard of this news, I felt unsafe, and when I read this article, I realized that Hispanics are purposely being targeted. It made me so scared since I am a Hispanic living in a majority Hispanic area, and if we don’t stop and take time to acknowledge their racism in the U.S., we will risk this event happening again.

Secondly, the impact of the two articles is Joshua Bowling’s article about the woman slapping the customer and ShaCamree Gowdy’s article about the increase of people believing that society is racist. Bowling’s article has surprised me since I have never seen a white lady be so aggressive toward a Hispanic person. This article is impactful since this video has gotten viral. This video getting viral is helpful for people to understand that racism is real and how violent people have gotten toward the minority because of their racist beliefs. The second article has brought up that George Floyd’s death has significantly impacted and brought awareness of the racism in American society; with the help of social media and news, the U.S. has positively gone on the right path by exposing this issue. Overall, racism is getting exposed, and most people are becoming aware of this destructive thinking, which would steer us in the right direction.

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