Mexican Americans Essay example

751 Words Mar 8th, 2008 4 Pages
Mexicans immigrated to the United States back in the 1800's (Stanford, 2006). During 1848 the United States took over a part of Mexico which is now the Southwest (Stanford, 2006). Mexicans living in these areas were Mexican citizens before the acquisition. The United States even went into agreements with Mexico to have Mexicans work in the United States. Mexicans were treated with cruelty, while working the agriculture fields for years. The United States made several agreements with Mexico to have the Mexicans come work in the United States while American soldiers were fighting in the world wars. The labor shortage that the United States went through was reason enough to have Mexicans migrate to the United States as laborers. The United …show more content…
The majority of residents in Texas are Mexicans. Mexican Americans are not the minority in the state anymore. Discrimination occurs in many hidden ways. We have come a long way and diversity is practiced throughout the work place. It will continue as long as society continues to compare ethnic groups. Yes we are all different, and we should be proud of who we are, but aren't we all human? Redlining used to happen and is still happening. "Mexicans will not be able to purchase their own house much less, be the owner of a new vehicle." These types of comments are patterns of discrimination that Mexican Americans have faced at one time or another. The affirmative action was when the minority groups were given the opportunity to get jobs (Schaefer, 2006). Although in Texas and in some other states Mexican Americans are not the minority anymore the ethnic group overall is still a minority; therefore the group has faced and gone through the affirmative action. Presently there is still some social inequality and reverse discrimination is something that I have faced. Some places exist where they will not hire someone if they don't know how to speak Spanish even though English is the main language at the work place. They can easily get away with it because they report that the language is needed to conduct the business and this is accepted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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