Race and Your Community, ETH 125 Cultural Diversity, Week 9 Final Project

Essay by Nickers18 January 2009

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Being a Hispanic living in America, I have seen that racism has come to a standstill although there are still some traces of it in many diverse populations. I live in Weslaco, Texas located in the Rio Grande Valley eighteen miles away from the border of Mexico. According to the U. S. Census Bureau from the 2000 census count, 80.3 percent of the population in McAllen, Texas (the city of Edcouch was not listed, McAllen is the closest city) were persons from Hispanic or Latino origin. While the state of Texas as a whole was estimated at having 32 percent of Hispanic or Latinos. Hispanics migrated in high numbers to this country and I can personally admit to being treated with racism and discrimination at some point in my life. Being a Hispanic living in America can sometimes be hard but for the most part, great.

The Hispanics that reside in the Rio Grande Valley tend to be quite different from each other, rather it is characteristics or just the way they live.

Some of them have dark hair with curls and some have fine light to blonde hair. The Mexican's that migrate from Nuevo Leon, Mexico always seem to have characteristics of lighter skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes. The female Latino's here in the Rio Grande Valley always seem to have a curvier body frame and the male Hispanics have dark eyes while 5'6 is the average height. I know a few Hispanics that live in other cities within the Rio Grande Valley and they live in poverty. Some homes don't even have a floor; it is just a shell of a house. Others that have very nice homes decide to trash it and not take care of it. I live in a nice little two bedroom...