Hispanic American Diversity

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Running head: HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 1 Hispanic American Diversity
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HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 2 Andrew J. Ayers ETH/125 April 24, 2011 Teresa Edge
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HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 3 Hispanic American Diversity Four major Hispanic or Latino groups make up a large percentage of the United States population; Mexican Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, Cuban Americans, and Dominican Americans. These four groups are separate, but with commonalities and differences between them. Some of the most important similarities and differences exist between linguistic, political, social, economic, religious, and familial conventions and statuses. Mexican Americans In examining the Mexican language, Nahuatl is an inherited language that strongly influences the language of Mexican Americans today. Mexican Spanish, a native language, which was brought into the United States, containing words not found in Spain’s version of Spanish. For example, Buitre is the Spanish word for “vulture,” but the Nahuatl influence has caused the word to become zopilote (buzzard). In 2004, the majority of the Mexican American vote was Anti-Republican. This could be from possessing the lowest median income, the highest poverty rates, and the highest concentration in the blue-collar and service categories. Studies show that the United States born Mexican Americans each earn more money and have an overwhelmingly large presence in the middle and upper classes of society. However, they make a very small presence in the professions; this is probably because of difficulties in transferring professional licenses. Mexican Americans are usually less educated than people of other ethnic groups, and this lack of education results in fewer job opportunities, which could be the reason for the
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HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 4 moderately low earnings of workers with a Mexican lineage. Richard Vara states that, “The Catholicism that Mexicans brought with them had its beginnings with the conquistadors and had a more old-fashioned perspective than modern day Catholicism. The Catholicism that prospered in Mexico was more spiritual and emotional than the newer intellectual, attendance-counting European version,” and, “Mexican Catholicism then and now is a way of life that strongly binds and forms the community.” The way that Mexican American families function in the home is based on the dimensions of the attachment and versatility of the unit. Christenson, Zabriskie, Eggett, and Freeman report that compared to White American families, Mexican American families tend to be more adaptable when problems surface. While becoming a part of America, which is mainly White, the Mexican American family is flexible with such responsibilities as family leadership and household chores. Puerto Rican Americans
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