Latino Assimilation to American Culture

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Latino Culture: The Struggle with the American ‘Melting Pot’ The year is 1776. In an act of defiance of the oppressive rule of the powerful nation of Great Britain, the political leaders of the British-American colonies sign into existence the United States of America. Even before this inception of the United States, North America had been seen as a place where one could move to start a new life and reap the full rewards for one’s work. These opportunities combined with the new United States government founded on the ideals of freedom and equity have attracted countless families from all over the world, making the United States truly a country of immigrants. Immigrants from European nations coming to America both assimilated and helped…show more content…
He even went so far as to name her brother Malcolm X to increase his family’s likeness to African Americans. Unfortunately, trying to adopt American culture changed the social status of Latinos very little because they were judged by their ethnicity not the quality of their English or how well they could keep up with modern fashion. No amount of cultural assimilation would give them the American dream they sought, but who can blame them for hoping? The human brain is designed to gain meaning from the world in patterns, and the pattern that stood out most clearly to them was; ‘Those who don’t stand out from American society get what they want out of life.’ Economic gain was a strong motivation for many Latinos to integrate, but others had more socially driven incentives. Latin Americans who have spent their whole lives stateside inevitably learn how to act ‘American’ in order to fit in at school and in public. A good example is Cherríe Moraga. Moraga is a Chicana, who grew up in California as the daughter of her two fairly well off Hispanic parents. She was considered a Güera, or fair skinned Hispanic, meaning that she could pass as a person of white ethnicity. In some ways Moraga had all of the opportunities that came with being in the ethnic majority, but having these opportunities required that she hide her Hispanic cultural roots. In her
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