At my understanding, the term Hispanic is wrongly used when referring to a race. Being Hispanic is, of course, to belong to an ethnic group, but it is much more than that. It is not about the color of your skin or your hair, but about culture, tradition, and manners. All started with the Spanish and Portuguese colonization of South and Central America. From Europe came the adventurous men, full of ambitions and courage. These attributes blended with the strength and energy of African slaves and the Native Americans, and this mixture led to the born of this new culture that we called Hispanic.
Culture is the overall moral belief, customs, language, and attitudes a person is brought and raised into. Daily, we are exposed to diverse and different cultures everyday which allow us to learn the different values and traditions each culture possess. The importance of observing and learning different customs is beneficial because it can help us better adapt and prevent misunderstandings when we communicate and interact with others. Hispanics and Americans are two huge cultures that have been sharing the same living space for years but are an example of two different civilizations. While both, Hispanics and Americans, share many similarities they both differ in recognition of religion, language,
We are always trying to figure out where we are in this world, or how we got where we are today. Obviously you have no choice of parents or where your born and these are two major contributing factors of who am I today. Being born white and a male society has immediately granted social advantages or white privileges. But, how privileged was I really? Being born in a highly populated city to first generations Americans without high school diplomas. I did have some advantages and I realized them growing up around my non-white friends. But compared to other white people I didn’t see my self privileged in many ways.
The culture I choose to explore is the Hispanic culture. I choose this culture because many of the people I work with and many of my friends identify with the Hispanic culture and I feel it would be interesting to know more about a culture that is so relevant to my life. A few of the big things in Hispanic culture that I found interesting are language, traditions and food. Hispanic refers to a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture.
I know that as a young, white, and educated woman, that I am privileged. I have rights and power that I am unaware of. Privilege is not earned, it is given based off of race, status, gender, and many other constructs that one can not control.
What is privilege? What does it mean? Is privilege inherited or is it earned? As an American resident of color I’ve learned that privilege in this country is something that is innate and inherited. The privilege that I speak of is that of White privilege.
“Privilege.” What really is a privilege? Do you even consider yourself privileged? Well, the word “privilege” means “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people” and whether or not you consider yourself privileged really depends on how you define the word and whether you take it for granted or not.
Monahan (2014), stated privilege is understanding in relation to some corresponding form of oppression. The concept of privilege can be amplify in other areas such as gender, class and heterosexual privilege. For example, when it comes to gender privilege, men may get offered more money than women or get a better position. When it comes to heterosexual privilege, we still have some states that do not recognized same sex marriages and it is difficult to obtain their spouse pension or have issues with health insurances.
In high school, I thought of myself as being more privileged than most of my classmates. Most of the students that I attended class with came from a relatively low socioeconomic background. Diversity was present at our high school but privilege was scant. In the activity that we participated in during class, I was surprised to find out that many students were not very close to the front of the group
What is privilege? Privilege is the advantages that you are given. Privilege is often taken for granted by the people who have it because they didn’t necessarily ask for it. Privilege is given to you depending on where you live, what you look like, how much money you have, what gender you are, or even your last name. Your race and ethnicity have a lot to do with how you are treated in society.
I think that if you are privileged that is an advantage of something that you may have that is beneficial, and it may be something that other people do not have. By definition, the word ‘Privileged” is described as, “having special rights or advantages that most people do not have” (Privileged). Someone can be described as a privileged when you know information about other places. You are disadvantaged when there is something that you do not have, that might have helped you. By definition, the word, “Disadvantage” is described as, “lacking the things (such as money and education) that are considered necessary for an equal position in society” (Disadvantage). When I was a child in elementary school, there was not the technology that they have now. As a child, this meant I spent more time outdoors playing, instead of children now who just play on their tablets. As a student, we did not have smart boards in the classroom until I was in middle school. Also in school, I never remember having classes based outdoors, I usually had class indoors and we did many worksheets to help us learn the material. I felt privileged as a student when I had transportation to/from school every day. As a child, I felt privileged when I was able to participate in many different extra-activities. The four different sites I chose was Goddard School, Head Start, Childtime, and Kid’s Country. At the Goddard school, in the
What is privilege? Does privilege contribute to inequality in today’s society? If a person driving a two years old Mercedes SUV and another driving an older Kia minivan go to a car dealership, with the intent to purchase a new vehicle, who would receive the best customer service? Most people may say the person driving the Mercedes would appear to have money, probably has good credit, and will most likely not have issues buying the vehicle of their choice. Having wealth has its privileges: education opportunities, superb health care, and the ability to purchase/accumulate assets to help contribute to one’s overall wealth/worth.
Privileges that I earn have to be the respect of my family. I earn the respect through showing them that I was capable of doing anything I set my mind too. I mainly did it through education. I was the first in my family to graduate from High School even though I have two older sibilings that fell into statistics of drop-out. First to go to University and graduate. While doing all these academical achivements I started to see my parents to view me differently in the aspect of that I had the will power to make myself into something; therefore, they gave me respect and trusted me something that my other
The word privilege has become a hot button on social media platforms in recent years. It is my personal opinion that when people are offended by having the word privilege put upon them it is actually a result of their own privilege. As a white female who grew up in a predominantly white city it was once my privilege to be ignorant about racism. It wasn’t that I didn’t identify color it was that I did not have to acknowledge that racism even existed. I did not understand what a minority group was.
the privilege not to be oppressed You have the privilege not to be dealt with seriously in light of being a lady or a man, dark or white, having an incapacity or for whatever other reason.