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Unformatted text preview: Professors Barrera and Tabera MAS 10B, Section 3 5 May 2009 The Star Spanglish Banner I have found a picture and a song called “The Star Spanglish Banner.” I found the picture and the song on a website called “Everything Pop Kulture” (http://www.epk.com/2009/O1/the- star-spanglish—banner—mcs-latest—faux—pas/). When I started my search I was initially looking for legal immigrations documents, but when I typed in “legal Mexican immigrants” a picture that caught my eye immediately popped up. I chose to type in legal Mexican immigrants because I wanted to write about legal immigrants and show that all Mexicans are not immigrants like many ignorant people say. The picture and song that I found are still related to my initial topic, and this is what made me more interested in what I came upon. The picture was at the top of the search so this searched worked in my favor. The picture I found shows a very racist remake of an historical picture. The picture shows the man and the women in a sombrero and a poncho, showing that they are supposed to be Mexican. The man is also holding a banjo instead of the farming pick usually pictured in the photo. In the background there are also homes that look like they would be located in the desert and of Mexican influence. There is also cactus in the background of the picture which symbolizes the heat and desert that is often associated with Mexico. The song that I found that accompanied the picture is a remake of the original “Star Spangled Banner.” The lyrics of the song are loaded with racist stereotypes for Mexicans and racist Views of the Mexican race. The song and the website published the items on January 29, 2009. This song and picture is significant because it shows the evident racism against Mexicans still present today. The song and picture try an label all Mexicans as immigrants, which is not true. In class we are learning about/the troubles Mexicans had to face even if they were legal Mexican Immigrants or American citizens. Here we can see that Mexicans still face discrimination and cannot win when it comes to try and show that they indeed are also American. The article that accompanied the picture and song report a congressman promoting the racist version of the song. I think this is really interesting to see how things have not really changed completely. Mexicans still face racism from white Americans even if they are equal. I do believe this will soon change though because just as when see in class, today Mexican Americans and Mexicans are fighting for equality and I believe they will soon receive the equal treatment they deserve in all aspects. ...
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