Chicano Migration

.. ive them. The Mexicans are not that bad after all. They want what every parent wants, to be able to better the lives of their children. You see it is not just the Mexicans holding their children back; it is the White Americans holding the Mexicans back from sending their children to school.

Because the Chicanos have come into this country with such a driving force in such a relatively short time span, the Americans who are presently in charge are afraid of the Mexican population taking over. They may be considered a minority in the United States but their large population must account for something. On this aspect we feel pathos towards the Latin American population. Time and time again, Mexican Americans had attempted to reach out to the mainstream by developing patriotic organizations, serving in the armed forces in large numbers, adopting American ideals, and de-emphasizing their national origins. Yet they remained outside the mainstream and saw the gap widening between them and other Americans(Garca, p. 10).

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The situation then changes. It once again becomes confusing to us. If the Chicanos are allowed to send their children to the public schools, why then are the parents hesitant? They are afraid that the children are going to change and feel ashamed of their parents, their background and upbringing. The Mexican parents need to decide what they really want from the school system Why do the parents feel scared that their children are going to feel ashamed? Do the parents feel ashamed themselves? Many of the Mexican families do feel ashamed of their ways of life and even themselves. We guess we would too. This once again causes us to feel pity for the Mexican population.

Over and over again our society hears the white population complain about the minority population, and how they should all return home where they came from. But, is this really a possible choice for the Mexicans? As mentioned before, it seems quite possible and easy. If this is the case, why haven’t they? If all of the Latin Americans returned home to Mexico and South America, who then would do all of the dirty work in the United States? Whites do not want to work endless backbreaking days out in the hot, sultry weather. The truth now comes out: whites have let the Chicano immigrate into the United States but they will not let them return home. If a family wants to return home then it should be able to.

Our society obviously disagrees with this notion. Many ethnic groups have been forced to stay here in the United States no matter what the conditions. Historically, Americans have always been putting people behind walls. First there were the American Indians who were put on reservations, Africans in slavery, their lives on plantations, Chicanos doing migratory work, and the kinds of camps they lived in, and even too, the Chinese when they worked on the railroad camps where they were almost isolated, dispossessed people-disempowered. (Kochiyama, Yuri, Then Came the War, Race, Class, and Gender Issues in the United States, 1998, p.

350). In reality the Mexican population has in the past, many times tried to return home and they have tried to fight back against the powerful White members of society, however, to no avail. The White population, or the landowners, who make all of the decisions in the society choose for the Latinos to stay, and to stay miserable. So if this is the case then the tables are turned on to the white population. Why in the world have they always complained time and time again about the Mexicans if the choice of having them stay in the United States is that of the White members of society who are too lazy to do their own dirty work? Many times we have heard the Latino population referred to as dirty, lazy Mexicans, when indeed it is the white men who have been the laziest of all.

If we have come to the epiphany that it is not really the Latin Americans, or all minority groups who are the bad guys then why does the segregation and discrimination of all minority groups still persist? The answer lies in the truth of who the bad guys really are: us, the majority, the white population. The problem is that we don’t like that answer, we don’t want to realize that we have been the antagonists all along. One thing that is true, no matter what, the past is the past. Yes, we can dwell on the past but there really is no fixing it. We as a whole nation need to focus on the present and the future.

Everyone is different in one way or another. In the United States we choose color of skin in order to separate one person from another. This teaching has served to perpetuate stereotypes and thus kept mainstream society unsympathetic and often hostile toward minorities. We as a group need to fight against these stereotypes. This though obviously is a very difficult task, even for minorities themselves. We think that it is funny, well, actually sad, in reality that minorities when given the chance will actually discriminate against themselves We still are not sure whether we feel sorrow for the Chicanos.

If we feel shame in our actions towards the African Americans, then shouldn’t we also feel the same for the Latin Americans? We guess the answer should be yes, but for some reason we still do not feel as ashamed or sad. Maybe, as mentioned before, it is because the problems that exist among the Chicano race have not been beat at us for years and years like that of other minority groups. Due to the fact that the “Latinos make up the largest ethnic and linguistic group”(Navarro, p. 365) some attention needs to be paid. It seems to us that life is just a big rat race, where everyone is trying to get the largest piece of cheese and we will go to all means to get that cheese.

Another way of looking at the situation is to imagine that we are all looking at life through a mirror. We each have our own mirrors. Many of our mirrors have become fogged by racist stereotypes. We as a group need to defog our mirrors and clear our History Essays.