Hispanic American Diversity
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Hispanic American Diversity
The Hispanic culture, from social origins and religion to art and cuisine, has a big impact on the United States. A Spanish speaking person, from Mexico, Spain, Central America, or Cuba is presented as Latino or Hispano. In recent years our country has seen a vast intolerance for immigrants. Though this wave of intolerance is nothing we haven’t seen before, America seems to experience this whenever there is a wave of vast immigration, it may be enhanced this time around. Some attributing factors that may be responsible for this uprising we have experienced since 2001 are our ...view middle of the document...
(McNamara, 2006) Though the incident was clearly inspired by hate against non whites the prosecutor in the case tried to downplay the severity by claiming that the attack was not inspired by hate, and only appeared to be that because of the racial slurs that were yelled in frustration and anger. (McNamara, 2006) This may have been the case; however, the tattoos that referenced Hitler and respect for him, flaunted by one of the assailants seem to display a different story.
This is not the only act of violence toward Hispanics, brought on merely for the fact that they are Latinos. On July 12, 2008 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania two teens aged 17 and 19 beat 25 year old Luis Ramirez to death. There was evidence presented in the case that suggested that Ramirez was targeted because he was Mexican. (Grinberg, 2009) This 25-year-old father of two was beaten so badly that during surgery at the hospital brain matter oozed from his head. He was kept alive on life support for two days before officially dying. Previous to the fight racial slurs were targeted at him by the two young men. The prosecutor in the case brought charges of felony counts of aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation. The boys, however, were acquitted of these charges and charged with misdemeanor simple assault, and sentenced to a meager up to 23 months in jail. Possible attribution to this light sentencing was the fact that the case was presented to an all white jury. (Grinberg, 2009) Though the judge seems to have disagreed with the charges the jury found he was bound by the jury’s decision, though he did sentence them the maximum he could for the charges they were found guilty of. This case split the community, half of the community supported the boys and hoped they would be found not guilty while others recognized the truth and hoped they would be punished for their poor Americanism.
Hate Crimes are not the only ‘Immigrant-bashing’ going on in America. On St. Patrick’s Day this year in Arizona a letter was read by Republican Senator Lori Klein on the senate floor stating “most of the Hispanic students do not want to be educated but rather be gang members and gangsters." (Valdez, 2011) This letter was later to be found to be written by a substitute teacher who claimed to have witnessed this first hand while subbing in a classroom of ‘almost all Hispanics and a few black children’. The sub claimed that he found the children to refuse to speak the pledge, and denounce English. Investigation revealed that the complaints made about these children in the email he sent to the senator were never included in his end of day report left for their teacher, or reported to any school officials. The act of sharing this letter as a way to inform people of the issues in Arizona schools, which are full of Hispanics considering almost half of state residents under age 18 are of Latino decent, proves to be poor judgment on Klein’s part. This is the kind of a...