CHS Essay #1 - Growing up I never really put much thought...

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Growing up I never really put much thought into the word “Hispanic” or what it means to be “Hispanic”. In fact, I embraced the word as part of my identity, believing that the word defined my culture and who I was amongst the diverse population of the United States. The word “Hispanic” is a label brought about by our government to group people of Central and South- American descent. It was much more efficient to stick an umbrella identifier on all Spanish- speaking folk than it was to try and figure out each and every one’s race. This system of generalization, although probably efficient, contributed to the institutionalized racism that is evident in modern American society. I would like to show the importance of understanding the word “Hispanic” and of “white privilege” and how the two have affected minorities in the United States. After taking my first course in Chicano studies I refused to continue identifying myself as a “Hispanic” or any other label that homogenizes my culture with others. It is unfortunate

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