Week 7 Assignment
Hispanic Americans comprise peoples from several nations across the world.
There are over 35 million Hispanic American citizens currently living in the United
States representing over 13% of the population.
Yet, the first misconception which must
be erased is that these diverse peoples are all of one race, when it is rather a shared
language, Spanish, which provides the tenuous connection among Hispanics.
distinctions exist and by comparing and contrasting four unique groups; Cubans,
Dominicans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans these distinctions will be apparent.
Mexican Americans are the most prevalent Hispanic group in the United States
and are mostly concentrated in States like California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and
Nevada. (Mexican Americans, 2007).
Most of Mexican Americans residing in the United
States converse in their own native language.
Spanish is usually the language that they
use, but English is the universally unrestricted language in the general community.
many generations have passed, a new verbal communication has emerged, called
Spanglish, which is a blend of both Spanish and American.
America has always been harsh on Mexican Americans. Mexican Americans had
a hard time elevating their financial and social status in this country, as they were judged
by the color of their skin. The Mexican Americans are a multiracial group
white; Native Americans; mestizos, which are people of mixed Native American and
European descent; and mulattoes, which are those of mixed African and European
The Chicano Movement changed the lives of Mexican Americans’ in the
United States. This movement secured these people in the economy with civil rights and
economic opportunity. Economically, Mexican American’s do not have a high chance of
achievement because many do not attend college. When it comes to jobs, and pursuing
high economic goals, it is almost impossible due to the fact that they work for extremely
A significant number of Mexican Americans are Roman Catholic. Their religious
beliefs influence their perceptions on various aspects of their life, including their view on
sex, education, and politics.
Mexicans emphasize on family, which is the valuing of
family considerations over individual needs (Kemp, 2005). The nuclear family is the
most common social unit and there is usually a strong reliance on family in day to day
functions and crises. The oldest male holds the greatest power in most families (Kemp,
2005). Child-rearing is primarily seen as the woman's responsibility. Earlier, pregnancy