Se Habla Espanol

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Se Habla Espanol by Tanya Barrientos was about a Latina girl who struggled with her identity. She was born in Guatemala but has lived in America since she was three years old. In the beginning she was somewhat embarrassed by her Hispanic heritage. Tanya felt inferior to the white people because of how she looked and because of her last name. The tone of the essay was a serious and desperate cry for help. It seemed she was speaking to anyone who could listen and relate to her. Tanya wrote from her point of view and how she felt like a “gringa” trapped in a Latina girl’s body. I can relate to everything Tanya wrote in her essay. I am an African-American male and I have had my own share of feeling like I did not belong in society and felt misplaced. I did not look like others because of my skin tone and my hair. Many people would mistake me as Hispanic or mixed with another race. It made me feel like an outcast within my own race. I could not relate to them nor could I relate to the white people. As I got older, I began to realize that there are many shades of black. Everyone is different and that very difference makes the world diverse and special. My parents were very prim and proper and they expected the same from their children. We spoke differently. Many would say we spoke like white people. At the time that made me feel inferior. Almost as if I was not “black” enough. I would watch television, read magazines, and watch other black people and how they acted around each other. I wanted to change how I was. Now, I see things totally different. You are who are. I have learned to accept myself for who I am and if people cannot accept me, they have no place in my life. My race as a whole has had many struggles and is still having struggles today. The unity of my people is crucial to our existence and that has been my motivation to enhance my skills in all I do. It’s a plus that I am African-American actually. It shows that among racial adversity you can do...
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