This course has highlighted how the Latino community is growing drastically within the United States, but also how we are still treated poorly as minorities. I have learned and identified the facts behind major historical and current issues concerning Latino/a peoples and culture. Three things I will most remember about this course is the educational issues, unfair treatment that governing bodies have towards Latino/as people, and the unique struggles and triumphs that Latino/as have faced in the United States.
The most impacting objective in this course for me was the educational issues that Latino/a student’s face in the United States. As Monica Martinez stated, “we are still at the back of the bus in public education and we are the …show more content…
As she advocated, on how we should learn our rights and use social media tools and create a solidarity on how we will receive the best education for the Latino/a community. Also, she spoke about how there are many community leaders and charter schools are filling the gaps in the education system for Latino/a students and it should continue to grow across the U.S. The takeaway that I got from Martinez is that if the system is not working to education our community then why aren’t we appropriating our own charter school movement across the United States. Additionally, we should take note how the U.S law authorizes are discriminated and treat people are colors …show more content…
For example, the case of the five African American and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park was unjustified. These teenagers were fallacy accused and punished without any physical evidence of committing such as crime. The most frustrating thing is that these teenagers were manipulated by the NYPD to say they committed the crime. The fact that these African American and Latino teenagers spent about 6 to 13 years in prison for a serial rapist who was still free, continued to sexually violate women. After several years after the case, the serial rapist confessed that he committed the crime and the conviction was overturned. This does not give back the time and childhood memories that were lost while they spent several years in prison. It is frustrating how discrimination and unfair treatment against people of color will continue to exist in law enforcement who say they will keep our community safe only put us in danger and If a woman of color was sexuality assaulted it would not have received the same attention and justice as the white women. After all, the last takeaway I took from this course is the success of Hispanic Americans and Latino/a who have overcome the struggles they have faced in the United States in their professional
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Discrimination against the minority population is a major problem in the United States society’s justice system. There are many examples where African American and low-income minorities are treated differently and not given the chance to prove their innocence. The law enforcement promises to treat all men or women equal opportunity, but the same system has put 120,000 innocent African Americans in prison. While most of them still remain in prisons, injustice by law enforcements is still a burden to the minorities in America. Moreover, wrongful conviction is a horrible injustice when a person spends years in jail. This is getting recognized by the U.S. system but often late. In many cases by the time a person is proven innocent, he or she might
Only months after her father's deportation, her mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. Throughout these times she was obligated to watch over for her family as she promised her father before his departure. Not only having the accountability of her family, she was fully committed to her schooling. One moving comment Martinez specified in her speech was, -
When considering a needs assessment of the Hispanic population of Carthage, many factors were measured through direct observation, as well as research on the internet. With an increase in population comes the need for additional housing, additional residential parking, trash service, and city sewer maintenance; to name a few. The Carthage R-9 School district continues to make adjustments for the ever increasing number of students. With statistical history in mind, there will be a great need for more bilingual educators, social workers, firefighters, medical emergency service workers and policemen. I feel there is a great need for better communication with the Hispanic community, relating to city ordinances. Because city ordinances set
Kalief Browder was a sixteen year old boy who was wrongfully accused of stealing a backpack. He spent three years in solitary confinement on Rikers Island before committing suicide in 2015. Kalief’s story truly upset me, and I wanted to learn why this had happened, and what I could possibly do to ensure this never happens again in the future. My first interests within wrongful conviction were racial bias, reform, and reparation. Questions formed in my mind such as: Why is there not better training towards prosecutors? How common are wrongful convictions? What is being done to combat this grievance? How are exonerees given the resources, if any, to restart their lives? And more specifically, what type of apology, if any, is made? I found it sickening that our law system is not doing anything substantial to shut down this issue. Therefore, I decided to pick wrongful conviction as my topic, and began my research. I read many articles, magazines, and a book about wrongful conviction. Also, I interviewed Colin Bowen, a criminal defense attorney in Oakland, California, and Rhonda Donato, a former attorney for the Innocence Project in Northern California. Despite a few nuances, such as Donato having to postpone our interview, both characters had much to say and much information about wrongful conviction. Through this project, I hope to share with the class the heartbreaking truth behind wrongful convictions, and inspire them to help make a difference. Wrongful convictions are brought about by many many different flaws in our criminal justice system, primarily erroneous eyewitness testimony, and racial stereotyping and systemic bias in the law enforcement
Rodriguez has been labeled a ‘privileged’ minority student and his inner turmoil at being a bilingual along with the cultural clashes is evocatively phrased. During the African American Civil Rights movement, when attention was drawn to the poor education of the African Americans the Hispanics also raised their voices which led to numerous academic aids. Rodriguez, being the typical”scholarship boy” was
According to the data base form The Struggle for Chicano Liberation states, “The Graduation rates rose well into the 90% and the dropout rates were the lowest it had been in years. Students were excited to be in school and took their education seriously as they went on to bigger and better achievements after graduation” (Pollack 1971). But this program did not come without opposition. In 2011, the state of Arizona started a lawsuit against the school district claiming this ethnic history class was unconstitutional as it was un-American and taught un-American ideas. As students, faculty, and schools are fighting to keep their program or to revoke it, it’s has become an intense debate.
The Latino culture in respect to the rest of the United States is a true phenomenon. The numbers of Latinos coming into the United States is steadily growing, with the Spanish language competing with the English language for usage. Latinos are also creating a big impact on the world of politics; their numbers are not only viewed as a wanted asset but as “game changer” to politics. However, there are key factors that influence the voting patterns of Latinos and how they themselves interact in politics. Taking a look at interrelating factors can show Latino’s pattern in voting participation. The strongest predictors of Latino voting turnouts will be based on a strong ethnic background and socioeconomic status coupled with gender.
Senior year is nerve-wracking for any given student. The main incitement being taking the initiated steps towards college. At present time, Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States, coinciding as the least educated. Latinos currently have the lowest rate of college enrollment, the highest rates of college and high school depreciation, and the lowest overall educational attainment of all the major racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Therefore, ethnicity correlates with educational aspirations.
In addition the articles “The Faces of Discrimination” by Fleming, Mali Michelle, and “ Moving Forward: Future Directions for Improving Institutional Support for Latino/a Students” by Caitlin J. Saladino, Magdalena Martinez demonstrate that Latino/a college student do experience some type of microaggression on their college campus. This essay will explore in greater detail how Latino College students experience microaggression and recommend various of solutions to college administrators to help Latino college students overcome this obstacle that .
The East LA student protesters were a champion for Latinos because they bravely fought to improve education, and were able to be let their voices be heard to inspire others. First of all, the East LA student protesters fought bravely as they worked towards improving education for themselves and future Latinx students. As Sal Castro, a Chicano teacher who helped organize the walkouts, once said, “The blowouts are important because of the courage of the kids… The students knew that whatever changes they could bring about in the schools wouldn’t affect them but they hoped it would affect those who came behind them…” (Castro and Garcia, 3)
In today’s society parents are looking for explanations to understand their child’s actions and lack of obedience. Some studies focus on the child’s perspective while others focus on the parent’s perspective. In reality both attributions should be considered together. It is commonly believed that negative mother attributions produce an oppositional child. Another study says parents that blame the child for their misbehavior and choose a harsh discipline may cause the child to act out. Oppositely some children will hear what their parents say about them and start to place blame on themselves for their actions. Realizing that the parent child relationship is difficult to comprehend from all sides was the reason for the study done by Colalillo,
The number of convicted African American men far exceed the number of Caucasian men. The ones who are found to be innocent by the court are released without any job training or any idea on how to get back on their own two feet. Once released, they still have a felony on their records which make it nearly impossible to find a job. Moreover, if they have been in prison for a long period of time, they might not understand the little things that differ in everyday life so it could be harder to adjust. Because of this, they might purposely try to come back to prison just for the benefits. To avoid this, training programs need to be situated. The problem is, these programs cost an exorbitant amount of money which is why most of the people don’t get out of
I'm part of the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. By 2050, Latinos will account for 25% of the U.S. population. These rising numbers keeps most politicians scratching their heads on how to handle immigration issues wishing there was an easy way out for them of course; how to please the masses from deep-rooted discrimination within our communities on their speeches in order to gain followers. Others don't even care of throwing damaging lies fueling the violent media machine of prejudice against foreigners whose desire is to reside in this country.
At times the media is right about wrongful convictions on the accused persons as a result of specific populations. However, in other instances, their reports are biased since they tend to focus on the wrongs of the justice system rather than the wrongs of both the criminals and the
The United States of America is a pool of different nationalities; immigrants come to the country to find a better way of living, to find the greener grass. But this is not how things go all the time, especially in schools. Racial discrimination still exists. Physical differences are easy to spot and ignorance and bias lingers in today’s schools. This is disappointing because there is no such relation between one’s race and their capability to be educated. As an institution, schools must address this issue as it greatly affects the students, not only in their academic life but also their social