Hispanics Vs. Hispanics: Inter-racial Discrimination
Many Americans believe that racial discrimination is no longer problematic in today's society.
Situations of interracial discrimination are often cited, but this does not to take into account that there
is often conflict within the race as well. This misconception stems from the fact that diversity amongst
the racial groups is often overlooked. Intra-racial discrimination is when a person or group of people
of the same race use factors including, but not limited to, socioeconomic background, appearance, and
skin color. Social or workplace hierarchies often develop under racial influence. Hostilities and
tensions can reside in every race of minority, but it is highly apparent in the Hispanic community.
Intra-racial discrimination has far reaching effects on not only the individual minority, but on
the race as a whole. The pressure of this type of discrimination affects how Hispanics collaborate
within a society of American superiority. For instance, people of Hispanic descent who do not speak
Spanish are often mistreated by people of their own, ethnic background. These people might be found
culturally lacking and treated differently from those that speak the language. The differences within a
specific race are nothing more than that. They are purely genetic or cultural, and do not hold any value.
It becomes a matter of cultural perception of what is expected rather than an actual cultural lack.
Typically among Hispanics and other ethnic minorities, discrimination is an increasing actuality
witnessed even in the workplace. With the Hispanic population growing rapidly, along with their
increasing numbers of employment, it is becoming more apparent that inter and intra-racial
discrimination will target them as both victims and perpetrators. A hierarchy, or pecking order between
races and within races, and biased management are some of prime examples of workplace inequalities.
Situations like these occur because of the lack of people's understanding of diversity.
Discrimination is also prevalent within a race as seen in how some believe that varying skin
tones is cause for racial disparity. With a wide array of skin tones, Hispanics believe they are easily
targeted for ridicule and mistreatment. Even within their own race, some believe that lighter skin tones
provide them much more opportunities, and can help them to be more successful in a white dominated
community. More opportunities were provided for those with lighter skin.
Not only do Hispanics in America face more discrimination in regards to their outer
appearance, they also deal with the constant battle of being accused that they are not being ethnic
enough, or being too “Americanized” and not keeping their culture and traditions alive. Part of the
Hispanic population across the Mexican border feel that American Hispanics are “traitors” to their
ethnicity because they have denied themselves their rich, historical culture and thus abandoned their
Some Non-White Hispanics discriminate against their own race, not because of any
physical differences, but because of the similarities they share. Some identify with whites to such an
extent, that they believe they are white themselves. Ultimately, being discriminated against can lead to
the shameful denial of one's self and their heritage, in hopes of becoming a more easily accepted
member of a predominantly White America. Their wish is to assimilate into the culture and to “fit in”.
In the article, Raising the Status of the Cashier, Agius and Lee report on their findings while
observing the interaction between Hispanic cashiers born in another country and their white customers.
The results of their three month long observations...