Week 7 Assignement_Hispanic American Diversity

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Hispanic American Diversity Brain Collins ETH/125 - Cultural Diversity Instructor – Jamie Morgan Axia College _ University of Phoenix
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Hispanic American Diversity There are several Hispanic groups living in the United States and although they may appear as if they are the same in actuality they are not; they are completely different in many areas. The four Hispanic groups that will be presented and defined are Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, Dominican Americans, and Cuban Americans. Identifying the diversity that separates these groups from each other helps people understand the distinct differences between the Hispanic groups and their cultures. The first Hispanic group to define is the Puerto Ricans, in which they are one of the largest Hispanic Minorities in the United States as well as Mexican Americans being the other. Puerto Ricans have a commonwealth status in which this is why the United States came and took over their island in the 1800’s therefore granting them legal U.S. citizenship in the 1900’s. “As a result of the Spanish-American War of 1898, Puerto Rico was ceded by Spain to the United States in the Treaty of Paris on December 19, 1898. In 1900 the U.S. Congress established a civil government on the island. Seventeen years later, in response to the pressure of Puerto Rican activists, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones Act, which granted American citizenship to all Puerto Ricans.” (Green, Modern Era. 2011) Due to Puerto Ricans being in conjunction with U.S. mainland and their linguistic being Spanish they were required to incorporate the English language as being and an equal to their Spanish language; as it is to be taught in public and private school as the secondary while Spanish remains primary. As for Puerto Ricans and their political status with the United States it tends to limit them in certain areas even though they are us citizens. They enjoy some of the luxuries of being a U.S. citizen such as: “Puerto Ricans have been citizens of the United States since 1917, but only in a limited sense. They come and go freely within all the areas that are under the American flag. They enjoy all the civil rights and legal protection of the United States citizens. They lack, however, some of the political rights enjoyed by the citizens of the United States. They vote for their own officials in their own government, but as long as they remain in Puerto Rico they cannot vote for the President of the United States or for the members of Congress.” (Mongillo, History and Government. 2011) Their social status is more open and racially diverse moreover the other Latin Americans. “On the island of Puerto Rico, skin color ranges from black to fair, and there are many ways of describing a person's color. Light-skinned persons are usually referred to as blanco (white) or rúbio (blond). Those with darker skin who have Native American features are referred to as indio, or "Indian." A person with dark-colored skin, hair, and eyes—like the
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