Ethnic Discrimination : The Chicano Population

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Ethnic Awareness Essay
Cultural Awareness
23 Mar 2013
Danielle Walters / Ivy Tech Community College
James Reed

Ethnic Discrimination

The ethnic group that I have decided to study and do my report on is Hispanic Americans, more specifically the Chicano population. Chicanos are Americans of Mexican origin, and the largest ethnic group in the United States. (McNamara & Burns, 2009) I have decided on Chicanos because I feel that they are discriminated against quite a bit more than any other ethnic group today.
There are more than twelve million Chicanos with a long history in the United States, dating back to the early days of European exploration. (McNamara & Burns, 2009) “In 1821 Mexico obtained its independence from Spain but domination from the United States began less than a generation later. After the conclusion of the Mexican-American war in 1948, treaties were signed that gave Texas, California, most of Arizona and New Mexico to the United States for fifteen million dollars. In exchange, the United States granted citizenship to about 75 million Mexicans.” (McNamara & Burns, 2009)
The movie Stand and Deliver, released in 1988 tells a true story of Garfield High School in East Los Angeles about a South American teacher, Mr. Escalante, who strives to make a difference in the lives of a group of young Chicanos. The students faced many struggles such as discrimination, home struggles, poverty, and gang violence. The
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