The Hispanic American population has had to overcome many obstacles in their history. Although each individual group within the Hispanic American culture has its own distinct cultural identity, they seem to all be labeled Hispanic Americans because of the commonality of their language. In fact, each group may speak Spanish, but they each have their own dialect of the language, and many times their common words have different meanings. We will look at the following individual groups: Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban and Panamanians.
Mexican Americans have been politically active in the United States of America. They have groups today like the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) that has fought and still continues to fight against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or national origin. It is through all the hard work of groups like LULAC, and others like it that Mexican Americans have raised to the social status that they have today. As a matter of fact, Mexican Americans turn out to be a highly diverse population in many respects; socioeconomic attainment, linguistic assimilation, racial appearance, and legal status. A substantial fraction among them-the majority, in all likelihood-is pursuing the American Dream and clearly advancing beyond the humble status of the parental generation . According to Huntington, data appears to show very low levels of Mexican Americans ever advancing beyond high school, regardless of generation . This may be a pattern, as Mexicans immigrate to America; little progress has been made as to them moving from immigrant status to mainstream social status. Economically, Mexican Americans are still fighting to be able to be paid fair workers wages and obtain decent benefits. This is probably one of LULAC’s biggest fights going on today.
Puerto Ricans, like Mexican Americans, speak English and Spanish for the... [continues]
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