In the recent years, the controversial belief of whether or not Mexicans are taking employment opportunities away from Americans has been vocal issue now more than ever. This may have been sparked by the presidential race of 2017, in which a candidate ran using this controversial belief as a campaign “slogan” that caused outrage amongst some Americans. Jimmy Santiago Baca’s poem “So Mexicans are taking Jobs from Americans” is relevant to today’s argument within our society even though this poem was written many years ago. Jimmy speaks to his audience in a bitter tone, who I perceive to be those who are protesting against those who are Mexican living in the United States. The main idea of the poem is that the author is trying to explain how Mexicans are not forcing other Americans out of a job but that they are working hard to feed their starving children and there are …show more content…
White Americans are showcased to be misinformed and he strengthens his point on that by showing that not only Mexicans and African Americans are both judged when in reality they are both working twice as hard to survive and attain no befits because they are not registered as an American. Jimmy writes to his audience in a powerful way to contradict those prejudice views. The authors bitterness towards white Americans is because he thinks they are very privileged and unaware of the difficulties the people with these ethnic backgrounds have of living in poverty and having their children suffer. This showcases the reality that Mexicans are having to risk their life to cross the border because they want a better life and are escaping the gruesome factors in their country. This poem reaches a larger demographic of mixed nationalities who are in fact Americans but blindsided by this serious issue. This poem acknowledges the majority of Hispanics living by the southern border in the United
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Ruth Gomberg-Munoz's Labor and Legaility: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network, describes the lives of undocumented immigrants from Mexico who work as busboys In a Chicago restaurant. Gomberg-Munoz gives insight into the new lives of the boys, through her compilation of their experiences both before crossing the border and after moving away from home into an unknown world. As an ethnography, the book gives information and details of the workers without arguing or taking a stance on immigration itself; it is instead presented in a manner that attempts to give readers a full understanding of the undocumented life through the revelation of the ones living it. She provides readers with a perspective on the daily struggles faced when living
In “So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans,” by Jimmy Santiago Baca, there are many references to the lives of minorities. One stanza shows the general theme of minorities in America, representing all minorities, not just the one being described, and even the abundance of the majority. “I see this, and I hear only a few people/ got all the money in this world, the rest/ count their pennies to buy bread and butter” ( Line 30-33). This quote describes the struggle that Americans experience every daily living paycheck to paycheck.
Explication: I Am Offering This Poem by Santiago Baca In 1990, Jimmy Santiago Baca, an Apache author, wrote Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems. The novel had many prodigious poems; the most notable being his heart-filled ode I Am Offering This Poem. Throughout this explication, I will interpret the meaning of his work I Am Offering This Poem.
Allegations that are commonly known are then illustrated into a mockery by emphasizing the extreme views. This poem begins with a compelling argument which exposes that Mexicans are in fact not “stealing” American jobs. The author clarifies that immigrants are taking the jobs that are available, most often labor intensive, and do not get paid well. This dispute is formed using mockery to battle the racial judgment, which the speaker contends: “O Yes? Do they come on horses / with rifles, and say, / Ese Gringo, gimme your job?”
Soto’s “Small Town with One Road” is a poem that deeply touches upon the issues of Latin Americans stuck in small towns. With the use of literary devices such as similes and imagery it illustrates the deep pain in the townspeople’s hearts. In line 24 the speaker thinks “Papa’s fields wavered like a mirage”(Soto “Small Town”) which shows the illusion of a perfect life in small town fading away. This is a simile that hints at the imperfections hidden in the small town of the speaker’s upbringing. The imagery in the poem such as "And its black strip of highway, big-eyed With rabbits that won't get across"(Soto “Small Town” 2-3) paint a picture of what the quality of life is in the town.
This book was written by Juan Gonzalez and he explained the struggle of being a Latino/immigrant. Journalist Gonzalez takes a look at how many immigrants lives are being affected due to a U.S Economy and military interests, that in return is causing a flood of immigrants, which are changing the U.S landscape, and its economy. He also digs deep in order to provide interesting detail, of the rarely talked about success of the Latino community, and the many sacrifices Latinos have to undergo in order to succeed in this country despite all the hate and alienation of those that oppose them. “The scorn of the neighbor who does not know us is our greatest danger... Through ignorance it might even come to lay hands on us.
When reading this prompt, "So Mexicans Are Taking American Jobs," by Jimmy Santiago Baca, was the first reading that came to my mind. This poem brought light to the, recently more controversial, subject of the jobs in America. Mexicans are not "taking" Americans' Jobs. They are trying to survive in this world and are willing to work harder than some of the Americans. The workers do not confront American workers and tell them to give them their jobs, nor do they steal them in the middle of the night (Line 1-11).
Chavez examines the assumptions made by the media and the public by drawing in sources like magazine articles and illustrations to provide the audience with exactly how these accusations are made and shared with the public. Chavez questions what it means and what it takes to be considered an American citizen and how Latinos, particularly Mexicans, have many things stacked up against. There are no doubts that the number of undocumented immigrants has steadily increased each year. Leo R. Chavez argues that because of the rise in the numbers, it makes it easier for the media to assume that undocumented immigrants, particularly Mexicans, are a threat to our nation through an invasion. Chavez’s idea of a Mexican reconquest is developed through something he calls the Quebec model.
Immigration Argumentative works are written to persuade the audience that the writer’s idea is valid, or more valid than someone else’s. Ethos, pathos, and logos are three types of persuasion that are used to persuade the reader to feel a certain way on array of topics from minor affairs to contentious matters. Immigration, for example, has become a controversial topic that many have strong feels about on both sides of the argument. “My Life in the Shadows” by Reyna Wences debates for support of immigration reforms, while “Unskilled Workers Lose Out to Immigrants” by Steven A. Camarota argues that immigration should be restricted.
In Tony Went to the Bodega but He Didn’t Buy Anything, Martín Espada shows how culture shock can affect someone who is a minority. The poem starts off by telling us “Tony’s father left the family” (line 1) and immediately I felt sad for Tony, but then it goes on to say that he was a boy who was “nine years old who had to find work” (lines 4-5). Not only does Tony not have a father figure growing up, but due to his financial situation, he now must find a job despite being so young. This is not uncommon because race and socio-economic status are tied, so many minorities have to find jobs at younger, even illegal ages to support their families.
America is at an impasse with itself over the current unemployment rate and questions about where all the jobs are going. According to Elizabeth Dwoskin, most of these job positions, considered dirty, are being filled by immigrants and not Americans. Americans have found themselves in an uproar about migrant workers taking jobs away from them, but it seems they are hypocritical as they refuse to fill these jobs themselves. In her article “Why Americans Won 't Do Dirty Jobs,” Dwoskin implies that Americans are too lazy to do hard work but complain when immigrants fill these positions. It seems that even when Americans are faced with the threat of homelessness they claim they cannot find any jobs, or rather, they refuse to do the dirty ones.
Jimmy Baca’s “So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans” deals with the topic of Mexicans being treated as less instead of equal as people in general, including for the work they do and for being immigrants. Immigrants are often thought to take jobs away from Americans when in fact they simply take the jobs that no one wants to do and are willing to get paid even less (Hoban). Jimmy Baca’s “So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans” is a poem written in ten stanzas and a couplet. The poem is written in free-verse, meaning it does not adhere to any pattern of rhythm and contains no meter. The title of the poem, “So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans” implies the author may be using sarcasm throughout the work.
The poem “To live in the Borderlands means you”, by Gloria Anzaldua perfectly describes how it is to live here in the valley and be Mexican American and how difficult can be for someone to try to fit in. I have seen how people have been judged only because they misspelled a word or because their accent. Even though those people are trying their best. Everyone should remember that we are equal and that we always should be proud of where we came from.