Instructor: Rachael Jancks
July 22, 2013
In TV programs and movies l, I noticed Latinos being portrayed as farm workers, and immigrants. Being an immigrant myself I started to believe that, I saw a truth in those stereotypes. I felt guilty for being here like I didn¹t belong and was trespassing in someone else¹s country. In my social studies classes I didn¹t learn anything that contradicted those stereotypes. I thought all we did was cross the border and steal jobs. Now, as I’ve grown up and used other resources to expand my knowledge on world history (mainly Latin American); I no longer believe those stereotypes. I’ve come to the conclusion that students shouldn¹t have to wait until college to learn about their history. After all teaching students about the world will benefit everyone not just minorities.
One of the first stereotypes that I always heard is that Latinos are “Mexicans”. The people from the United States, think that all the Latinos are from Mexico. There is nothing wrong to be Mexican; however, the stereotype that most people from the United States connect with the word “Mexicans” is that they are stealing jobs, ignorant, and not educated.
The next stereotype I hear about is that Latinos are illegal immigrants who are coming to steal jobs. They are now classified as, “Terrorists” and they are considered to be a threat to the national security. A lot of people relates the word “Mexican” with the idea that this group is the cause of many of the country’s problem.
Another stereotype is that they portrayed Latinos as, drug dealers, or women as whores. The media, such as, TV shows and movies are responsible, for such, stereotype. It is unbelievable how many people believe what they see on TV to be true.
The last and final stereotype I’ve heard about Latinos is that we like this kind of loud “circus” kind music, known as, regional Mexican music. The sound of this type of music is very loud and...