Once Upon three Homes: Talk American ,boy!

Essay by kittycatxxUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, April 2003

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Spanish In America, of course, is the principal minority language that competes for equal status with english. The united states has the fourth largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, and it is the most rapidly growing segment of the nation. However, For the Hispanic community, Spanish is seen as a derogatory language, and as the ethnical trait of oppression and inequality. Racial and cultural differences have persisted among the children and grandchildren of immigrants. Due to this there is a very visible distinction between the Hispanic community and the mainstream American community. It is true however that the consciousness of national or ethnic origin has often enhanced the sense of American identity. And for this reason America has legalised such enactments of the Spanish language in ballot papers, instructions in public schools, social service work, etc. " The printing of ballot in other language puts those who are unable to read english at the mercy of their leaders" Ought the nation take that course without discussion of its implications and possible consequences?

This can promote further strain and lead to bitter divisions within nations.

The Latino himself and his culture are looked down on. However, there are different types of Latinos Immigrants. One of them I portrayed in the character 'El Chulo'. This character used "spanglish", which it is seen as a very 'low' form of speech . As Ruiz stated "If linguistic discrimination is a culturally deep-seated way of maintaining social distinctions, then discrimination is likely to continue" . In the play when he quoted Gringito saying: (with a put on 'gringo' accent) "It is the best way to get ahead in this world. Talk like them, act like them. Learn how to beat them in their own game... using their own weapons" Hence the Hispanics and other...