Hispanic Americans:

Job stealing, Drug-Dealing, Uneducated,

           Poor, and Illegal!              

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if every “Mexican” living in the United States decided to leave?


    Would their presence be missed and would anyone really care? Unfortunately, many people within our American borders wouldn’t mind this to happen. In fact for some extremist this would be the happiest day of their life. Their are people that truly believe that “Mexicans” in our culture are purely villains stealing jobs from hard working white American citizens. Our society has made “Mexicans” into illegal immigrants no matter what their true nationality. The fact of the matter is several generations of Hispanic Americans live in the United States. Hispanic Americans in their early years all the way up into their thirties are often completely legal citizens that were born in the states.


                               

This graph demonstrates the number of 2nd and 3rd generation

Hispanic Americans living in the United States in 1980 and 2007.

The 2nd and 3rd generations are all American born citizens.


    The stereotype that Hispanic Americans are uneducated, because they can’t speak English, is also constantly an obstacle they all must overcome. Along with the increase in second and third generation comes Hispanic Americans that have been through the American Public School System. They are able to speak English because of ESL (English as a Second Language) and ENL (English as a New Language) programs. The US census showed that many more Hispanic Americans are competent or fluently speaking English than they were 10 years ago, according to USA Today. In another article written by the New York Times they compare the literacy of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation of Hispanics and it shows a significant jump from the 1st generation where 23% speak English to the 3rd generation where 94% speak English.


                                    

Hispanic American students learning English in an ESL or

ENL classroom.


    Hispanic Americans also are stereotyped as extremely poor to the point nearly all of them are in poverty. We constantly see images of Hispanic Americans piling into vans or a large amount of them living in a single residence. I can’t disregard this fact because often this is true, but it is because Hispanic Americans are deeply rooted in traditions. Family and friends are extremely important to them. Americans could take a lesson from Hispanic Americans and their traditions. Them sharing homes and vehicles play not only to their conscious effort to save money to support their family, but also their deeply rooted culture.


                                     

A Hispanic American women does a cultural dance.

Hispanic Americans are deeply rooted in their culture.


    The stereotypes continue for the Hispanic Americans because Mexico, a country bordering the United States, is one of the top drug producing countries. Hispanic males specifically are stereotyped as drug users and dealers purely on this fact. Unfortunately, some Hispanic males are drug users and dealers, but so are men and women of every race. It’s unfortunate that because of one statistic Hispanic American men are stereotyped in this way.


                               

Mexico is statistically one of the top producing

countries in the drug cartel.


The combination of these stereotypes leads me to my thesis:


“Hispanic Americans are stereotyped in society as job-stealing, drug-dealing, uneducated, poor, illegal immigrants. These stereotypes are exploited by the American media.”


 
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