African American Cultural Reflection Paper

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As a Haitian African American I’ve known my culture made me different in a lot of areas compared to my friends, but I did not know the extent of that difference until I was in my teenage years. I am, and always will be proud of my Haitian heritage, however in recent years I came to notice the impact those differences have on me and the people around me. I am bilingual, and the fact that I speak my native language gives me the advantage to interact with the people that has the same background as me, and others with different cultural background. I’m well aware of the hardships my family faced based on their cultural background. My mom has to work in a low paying job, and my family lives paycheck by paycheck. My experience in this class have…show more content…
For example, the media portrays Hispanic women as sensual, and overly passionate. When I interact with Hispanics in my age group, I make the assumption beforehand that the girls I’ll be speaking too will also be passionate on the subject I’m discussing. Another myth I had about Latino Americans is that they were all alike. I never took into considerations the subcultural differences that Latino Americans have, there is more groups that make Latinos. The major ones include Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and…show more content…
For a long time, I thought no other minority group had to struggle like African American. As an African American, I had to overcome a lot throughout my experience. I had to learn how to deal with my peers discriminating against me because of my looks and accent. I did not think other minority groups faced the same issue as African American, but Hispanics had to deal with the same discrimination. They faced the same discrimination in work setting, school setting, and social setting. Kids with Latino background face been picked on because of their racial differences. They have to deal with peers not understanding their culture, and making fun of the way they dress, and how they talk. The children in school also have to deal with the language barrier if they do not know English very well. They have to learn the class guidelines and rules, and at the same time trying to fit in with their
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