The LA Times made him a foreign correspondent in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. He also became the Times bureau chief in Mexico City. While reporting abroad in Mexico City he was recalled for missing an important story. Feeling personally defeated, underappreciated and discontent Salazar returned home where he was given the task to write about domestic affairs. Since Salazar was of Mexican decent he was the obvious choice to write about the uproars occurring in East Los Angeles involving the Latino Community.
If they did not adapt to the lifestyle of the newly constructed America and abide by what was considered to be the cultural norms for Americans, they needed to be removed. Cultural conflict deems to be the source of pleasing variety, tension and even violence. The Plain Indians, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Comanche all lost control over their territories because they did not abide to the idealistic “melting pot.” The melting pot is the blend of various nationalities into one American culture, however the Native Americans simply could not change their value and beliefs to confine to Americas perfect “melting pot”
Needless to say civil rights in Texas at the time was not as harsh as one may have thought so, although there was issues with race as well with problems with the surrounding Latino population and the rejection of the citizens opinion on being apart of the United States. Another crucial moment in the Latino civil rights and Texas was the battle of them Alamo and how Texas became independent. Following that brief time period of ease the tensions between Latino civil rights and America became an entirely different thing. Not only
Beyond an energetic and comical playwright, Luis Valdez’ “Los Vendidos” is an accurate reflection of the contemporary American society, focusing on how Mexicans are perceived in this society. The play abounds in stereotypes about Mexicans, which is why the main theme of “Los Vendidos” is stereotyping. Stereotypes appear in societies because the dominant majority has difficulties in understanding the specificities of particular minorities, as it is the case of the Mexicans, portrayed in “Los Vendidos”. Nevertheless, stereotypes are nurtured as a modality of keeping minorities socio – economically repressed and inferior to the dominant race in the society (Escobar p. 562). By portraying the main stereotypes that are used to refer to Mexicans in United States, such as farm workers, gang members or revolucionarios, Valdez describes the identity crisis experienced by Mexicans, who are trying to resist to the cultural assimilation of becoming Americans.
Slowly, the natives of Texas became outsiders in their own land. Juan Seguin himself face Anglo opposition. After the republic Republic of Texas was formed, Juan Seguín was the only Spanish speaking senator. He was driven out of his own land because of untrue accusations from Anglos that he was still loyal to the Mexican government. Juan fled to Mexico with his family, but later returned to Texans.
Americans going west ran into Mexican territory, where settlement was cheap. These settlers moved in and outnumbered the Mexicans six to one, because of this, tensions arouse. Although the United States war against Mexico may be viewed as controversial, the war was just due to the Mexican government refusing to hear an offer, the boundary dispute, and the 16 American soldiers killed. The new president of Mexico, Jose Joaquin de Herrera, refused all negotiation with the United States which called for an excusable war.
In the 16th Century, Spain became one of the European forces to reckon with. To expand even further globally, Spanish conquistadors were sent abroad to discover lands, riches, and North America and its civilizations. When the Spanish and Native American groups met one another, they judged each other, as they were both unfamiliar with the people that stood before them. The Native American and Spanish views and opinions of one another are more similar than different because when meeting and getting to know each other, neither the Spaniards nor the Native Americans saw the other group of people as human. Both groups of people thought of one another as barbaric monsters and were confused and amazed by each other’s cultures.
Betsy Casas Chicano Studies 10A/ Dis 2k Professor Romero/ Brenda Nicholas December 9th, 2015 An Analysis of the Traditional Chicano Social Identity For more than one hundred years, Mexicans (as well as other Latino groups) have been regarded as racially non-white peoples, who are not able to become part of mainstream American white society; as they (we) have been systematically “put aside” and have substantially been prohibited participation, and therefore access to such. This has been strongly manifested by the evident marginalization, as well as second-class treatment, experienced by this and other Latino groups in the United States.
The words seemed so unlike Houston.” Crisp believed that this speech he heard in its entirety in 1992 to be nothing like the man he grew up learning about in history as a child. He quotes Eugene C. Barker when questioning if the Revolution is the product of racial and political inheritances of the two sides, yet goes on to say this is not what he believes despite what others think. “It seemed to me that conflict between the two groups was not as much an immediate cause as it was an eventual consequence of Texas’s separation from Mexico.” (p. 41)
Treat, an expatriate who used to live in both Mexico and Central America was actively but unsuccessfully attempting to peacefully negotiate the annexation of Texas through his personal relationships. Through his travels he was able to foster relationships with various public officials. Treat knew they would never willingly accept a peaceful resolution unless they were going to receive some sort of personal gain. These personal connections are the precise reason Lamar appointed him to this position. By October 1840 the harsh realization presented itself with the Mexican government rejected the Texas proposition.
This proves that there are so many Mexicans in the American population, and it was/is hard for them to adjust to a different, new, weird, unfamiliar, and totally scary system, that is very, very different from how they would have taught the same lesson in Mexico, Spain, etc. I would have felt the same way if my family grabbed me out of America, pushed me on a plane, and dropped me off at some random country and expected me to just learn their teaching ways as if it was easy as pie. It would take time to number one, adjust. Number two; find out how I could help myself to learn and fit in, and three, just being comfortable with all of it. This is another reason Hispanics had challenges, because they had to adjust to very brand new and unfamiliar things in a very fast period.
The problem is that few English speaking media companies bother to seriously attempt to create a show or channel that targets the Chicano/Latino population and those who due are usually big named companies that were created by the population like Univision. This is usually because many of the attempts are usually half assed and done to appease calls for a more diverse cast or programming and the results from these calls are usually misguides and racist which harms the population as it exposes others to racist views and can even reinforce them. That and most research done into this shows that only recent immigrants stick to programming specifically targeting them while everyone else is distributed in all other programming. Sites also suffer the same fate as they are rarely looked at by upper generations and usually disappear after a
We apparently don 't care whether they come legally or learn English -or how they fare when they 're not at work” (626). While it may be true that numerous Americans have little thought for the day to day life of the immigrant, it is simply not true that we ask too little of them. Rape, racism, violence and imprisonment are exorbitant down payments to gamble on a chance at an improved future. Perhaps instead of asking immigrants to seamlessly absorb into our society, Americans should try to empathize with the emigre throwing themselves into the riptide of our society and ask themselves how they can serve their fellow humans. The ramifications of a new, inclusionary immigration policy have the potential to not only boost our economy, but to culturally enrich the lives of
The article “The making of a Mexican American Dream” mentions that Americans have this notions that immigrants ultimately need to assimilate in order to fit the mold of the “American dream”. Sarah Menkedick, the author of this article, cites Milton Gordon ’s book, Assimilation in American life: The Role of Race, Religion and National Origins, to offer an example of this idea and how immigrants are expected to adapt to the American way of life. Mekedick states, “according to Gordon, assimilation depended first upon acculturation: the immigrant group’s willingness and ability to learn English, and to adopt white, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon, middle-class customs, after which point its members would ultimately identify with and marry into the dominant