Kin 169-Mexican Americans: Racism.docx - Running head Mexican Americans Systemic Racism in the U.S Mexican Americans Systemic Racism in the U.S San Jose

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Running head: Mexican Americans & Systemic Racism in the U.S.Mexican Americans & Systemic Racism in the U.S.San Jose State UniversityChris Morales1
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Running head: Mexican Americans & Systemic Racism in the U.S.“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people” (Trump 2015). As a 2ndgeneration Mexican American it pains me to hear this. My family has struggled and worked hard to provide a better life for me. This comment is just a small example of the racism that Mexican Americans progressively face in the U.S. Throughout my life time I’ve experiencedinequalities surrounding education, racial identity, and discrimination. These have acted as psychological and sociological stressors; that has impacted my health. Many Mexican Americans are presented with this struggle as well. It’s for that reason I look to explore the racial and social dynamics that determine the Mexican American historical, social, political, and economic processes. From this research I hope to find potential or on going solutions to eliminate these inequalities. Growing up in five different cities, I’ve experienced different environments. However, one thing remained constant; racism. I vividly remember one time; I was selling discount cards outside my local grocery store. I asked a white male coming out of the door if he would like to support my football team and buy a card. He responded with “I don’t buy from your kind.” I waspuzzled on why he said that. I spent most of my life growing up in Santa Clarita which is a predominantly white neighborhood. I was constantly stereotyped as an “illegal” or “alien”. I’ve had friends and teachers use these derogatory terms against me. On the flip side individuals also made the assumption that I spoke fluent Spanish. This was solely based off the color of my skin. I’ve also faced educational barriers. Statistically speaking I am not even supposed to be in college right now. Hispanics have the highest high school dropout rate than any other race 2
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Running head: Mexican Americans & Systemic Racism in the U.S.(Krogstad 2016). My mom had me at the age of 18. I lived in the back of grandparents’ home in a single room. My parents worked and still went to school. For this reason, I had little help in school and rarely saw my parents. Having a low economic status limited my academic progression. I sometimes didn’t have the supplies required for courses. All these events correlated to racism.Racism against Mexican Americans has been present throughout our history. Most of the racism Mexicans face today is deeply rooted with the Mexican American War. This presented theoverwhelming force used by the U.S. to take control of one third of Mexico’s territory. Without fair political involvement they claimed the rights to Mexico’s land. All this was due to the fact they felt superior to this group (Keller 2016). Next historical context was the Great Depression in
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