Stereotypes In First Crossings

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In late 1969, a Californian judge said the following at court: "Mexican people ... think it is perfectly all right to act like an animal. We ought to send you out of this country.... You are lower than animals ... maybe Hitler was right. The animals in our society probably ought to be destroyed" (Feagin and Feagin, p. 266). In the book First Crossings (edited by Donald R. Gallo), the teenagers and their families in the 10 short stories experienced a lot of prejudice. Immigrants from Mexico experience name-calling, having jobs denied, are known for being bad, uneducated workers, and much more. White Americans began attacking the first big groups of Mexican immigrants during the twentieth century. During the World War II era, the stereotype of the Mexican male having criminal ideas started appearing more and more. Mexican immigrants in America go through a lot of unfair prejudice (stereotypes). Life in the U.S. is believed to be better than the one in Mexico. According to a study, around 57% of the people that move to America from Mexico have a better life. People that have friends, and relatives in…show more content…
It is well known that America is known for having a lot of immigrants. Blacks and White are not considered to be immigrants. On the other hand, Asians, Latinos and other races are immediately thought to be immigrants. People completely avoid the fact that Latinos have been living in the U.S for generations. Some Latinos families have lived in the U.S longer than some Anglo ones have. Another common stereotype is that all Latinos speak Spanish. Not all Latinos speak Spanish. 75.1 percent of Latinos speak Spanish at home (According to the U.S. Census Bureau). This statistic shows that about a quarter of them don’t! It’s believed that all Latinos look the same. When someone thinks of a Latino, they think of someone with dark hair and eyes, and tan/olive skin. This is very untrue. Some Latinos look European or

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