Hispanic American Diversity
At some point in time in your life you have heard the terms Latino or Hispanic. What was the first thing that came to your mind? There are many different types of Latinos and/or Hispanics in the United States today. In 2003, 37.4 million Latinos reside in the U.S., outnumbering 34.7 million African Americans (Ramirez and de la Cruz 2003 Racial and Ethnic Groups Chapter 9). Each of these types has similar cultures and customs, but is uniquely different. No one person can be so sure of which of these ethnicities one belongs to, unless you already know the person. Mexican Americans are the most populated Latino/Hispanic group in the United States. As of the census in 2003 they make up 66.9% of the Hispanic population in the U.S. (Ramirez and de la Cruz 2003 Racial and Ethnic Groups Chapter 9). Although they are often thought of as lazy or your average everyday border jumper, the Mexicans offer a lot to the U.S. that they do not get credit for. There are many jobs that get done by Mexicans, which the average American would never do. In California, where the majority of the United States gets its produce from, Mexicans are the ones out there picking the crop. Granted the non-Hispanic Whites are the owners of these companies, but they are not out there harvesting their crops. Mexicans are spread all through the states, but the majority of them stay in the southwest regions. According to the census in 2003, Central/South Americans make up the next largest groups of Latinos in the United States with 14.3% (Ramirez and de la Cruz 2003 Racial and Ethnic Groups Chapter 9). Although they are classified by others as Latinos, this group of people has a variety of diversity amongst them. Those coming from this region have little in common other than where they are from and the language they speak. For example, immigrants from Brazil speak Portuguese, those from French Guyana speak French, and those from Suriname speak Dutch (Ramirez and de la Cruz...
References: Schaefer, Richard, T. (2006). Racial and Ethnic Groups, Tenth Edition. Pierson Education: Prentice-Hall.
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