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Judith Ortiz Cofer illustrates, "you can leave the island, master the English language, and travel as far as you can, but if you are a Latina, especially one like me who so obviously belongs to Rita Moreno's gene pool, the island travels with you" (Cofer 391). Cofer is a Puerto Rican who immigrated to the U.S. and became an English professor and a writer at the University of Georgia. In her essay "The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria," Cofer narrates a series of personal experiences that made her realize humans have judgmental and superficial minds. Neither her level of education, or awards she had received, nor places she had traveled mattered when people saw she was a Latina. Since Cofer could not “wear [her] diplomas around [her] neck for all to see” (394), people judge her for her skin color. Our society has created a stereotype for each ethnicity and forces us to change and adjust to the model they have created for us. Cofer describes an occasion where a man walked by her in a fancy hotel, and “with his champagne
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