I am a Hispanic woman who if I am honest have a lot of self hate for myself and my culture. “Internal racism has been the term used to describe the process by which persons of color absorb the racist messages that are omnipresent in our society and internalized them” (Sue, 2016). I grew up in a small border town where stereotypes are made. I never experienced much racism because we were the majority. However, looking at it now I have a lot of self hate, and I always identified as white growing up, because I am light skinned I still believe I can pass for white at least until I moved to Georgia. Living here has taught me that I miss my culture I miss the cooking, the camaraderie, the unity that Hispanics have. The other day I was asked at …show more content…
I have been really wondering lately if moving was the best thing for me and my family, but unfortunately I have no one left in Texas all my family is in Georgia. Though I still feel that I am in the conformity stage I do see where I am moving into the dissonance phase though I feel like I am moving slowly and that I may be reluctant to change. I do still identify mainly with a white culture though I am more family oriented then the white culture is. My soon to be ex husband is white and our two daughters are half white, and I still only date white men and after looking at this model I wonder when did I become so anti Hispanic.
The resistance and immersion phase is “The primary orientation of individuals in this phase is the tendency to endorse minority- held views completely and to reject values of the dominate society and culture” (Sue, 2016). I feel that I am not even close to because though I do wonder why or when I learned to hate myself especially that I come from such a proud family I still do not feel bad about it. I am the way I am and one day I may change, but as of right now I am who I am and I am okay with that. I still can’t relate to this phase of the identity model even knowing what I know. I guess in a way I am just not ready to change everything about myself. I am sure one day I will be ready for this stage and I hope that one day I can move the the Integrative awareness phase so that I can be better for myself. My kids and for my
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Growing up in an area with a large Mexican community I never really understood how much my culture means to me. I grew up with the stories my dad and grandfather would tell me about my ancestors. My people were the raiders from the hills of Mexico City and that we were a family of warriors. I never held much weight to the warrior part of my grandfather’s stories but I did know that my great grandfather was a fighter. He left Mexico and rode the train up to Denton Texas and sold tamales on the square his entire life. He fought to give my grandfather a better life here. I don’t talk about my dad’s side of the family much, in this day in age being seen as white has more advantages than being seen as Mexican. This thought changed as I came to
One of the most promising approaches to the field of multicultural counseling/therapy has been the work on racial/cultural identity development among minority groups. This model acknowledges within groups differences that have implications for treatment. The high failure-to-return rate of many clients seems to be intimately connected to the mental health professional’s inability to assess the cultural identity of clients accurately. The model also acknowledges
Others look down on Hispanics based simply on ethnicity and a legal status. In times like this, it’s easy to let this discourage who you are. For some, it’s easier to drop out and give up. However, I strongly believe that nothing combats hate more than love; nothing speaks louder than roaring with success. There is a huge importance in the concept of standing up. It’s time to rise up. Do more. Give more. Use your voice to speak up for those who can’t. Use the power within your legs to innovate movements. But most importantly, allow your heart to see others based on their morals and ethics, not by the color of their skin. Defy the odds. Join organizations that provide you a spirit of growth. Find those who seek the best for you. Although people may shoot you down with their looks and inhuman comments, you will
The Helms White Racial Identity Development Model identifies six racial identity statuses (Sue & Sue, 2016). These statuses include contact, disintegration, reintegration, pseudo-independence, immersion/emersion, and autonomy. Each of these statuses identifies characteristics that individuals in these statuses have. I traveled through theses statuses and believe I am currently in the immersion/emersion status. During different points in the model, I learned about race and myself that allowed me to move through each status, and currently working towards entering autonomy.
The Racial/Cultural Identity Development model (R/CID) is an expansion of the Minority Identity Development model. The R/CID model encompasses a broader population and removes the term “minority,” which can be disempowering to individuals. This model works to aid therapists in assessment and intervention of culturally diverse clients. It has five levels of development that individuals undergo to understand the dominant culture, their own culture, and the relationship between the two cultures, which is often oppressive. The first level of development is the conformity phase.
After reading about Carlos and the situation he is in, I would put him in the Resistance and Immersion stage on the Sue and Sue’s Racial/Cultural Identity Development Model. I believe Carlos is in this stage because of the anger he feels towards the racism he is experiencing. Carlos is being harassed by local youth, who have been yelling racial slurs as well as vandalizing Carlos’s home. He has communicated his anger with those youth to me. Other reasons why I believe Carlos is in this stage is because he feels rejection within his work and his community. Carlos has been trying to get a different job, but has not been successful with being hired. He believes this is due to him being Mexican. Because of this rejection, Carlos has been making poor decisions. Some decisions consist of him staying out late and getting completely passed out drunk. He may not have admitted it within the conversations, but within this stage comes guilt and shame. I believe Carlos has some shame due to not being able to support his family as well as being able to bring them into the United States at this time. He also may feel shame because of the harassment of the youth around him and not being able to do anything about it. Carlos may feel guilt because of his friends having to bring him home after being passed out drunk.
Later as I grew a little older I began to start to identify with my other ethnicities. During 4th to 6th grade I was going through the enmeshment/denial stage. This stage is when an individual will usually feel bad about choosing one ethnicity over another. I was feeling ambiguous about only identifying myself as white and not Native American, Spanish, French, Dutch, or Bohemian. Later during Middle School, I noticed that when asked about “what am I?”, referring to my ethnicity I would begin to list out what I associate myself with more so, as well I remember visiting cultural events to learn more about my heritage,
Even though I believe to have a strong cultural diverse upbringing that differs from many of the lifestyles of my white friend, I never experienced any self-depreciation and oppression regarding my culture. I do believe I have undergone cultural development in terms of acculturation, but considering I have never experienced the need to abandon my cultural values, I feel it is appropriate to refer to the white racial identity development model rather than the racial/cultural identity developmental model. As a white female, I have certainly benefitted from white privilege, and it is my responsibility to acknowledge that aspect of my racial identity.
The main purpose of the paper was to reflect the changes in the racial identity development during the course of history. The assignment was aimed to achieve several tasks: to analyze the impressions and responses to the interview; to trace back the causes of the negative reactions on some questions; to reflect the story of the Racial Identity Development, as well as elaborate the ways of racism confrontation within and outside oneself.
I am a young female Hispanic of Mexican decent that I am indeed proud of even though I never wanted to admit it due to all the negativity going on with being Mexican. I am considered a first-generation American born in Georgia and raised in the Rio Grande valley. I am the youngest and only female of three, sadly but fortunate they left a permanent impact on me both positive and negative. They are a big part of my life that have helped mold me into the women I am today. I am grateful that I am the youngest because older siblings just consistently make mistakes after mistakes and thanks to those mistakes I learn from them and I’m careful not to commit them. I am also considered a minority due to my gender and roots, which is sad and completely irritating because being labeled as a minority isn’t really a good feeling, making me feel like if I am less and powerless just because of my gender and ethnicity. Having to hear all the negativity occurring in the country towards minority and women and all the inequality occurring, I would have thought that in this era all the unequal treatment over gender and ethnicity would be vanished but as I grow older I realize that has
My family which includes my mother, father and sister all live in a predominately white upper class town. Life was a lot easier for me as I was a part of the upper-class community in the town. Being a part of the upper middle class allowed me to attend an out of state college. On the other hand, many of my friends from school stayed in Massachusetts to attended community college and other in state colleges as it is a less of a financial burden. Many of the student attended my high school and went to those colleges were predominately Hispanic culturally. As they were Latino, I appeared to them as a generic Asian. With this came stereotypes such as the assumption that I was
Humans have come a long way in terms of racism. We want to live in an era where discrimination and racism was a very common thing. The big question I will however pose is, is it not still a big and common thing? Racism a great amount of violence. Romberg the holocaust? The group that wiped out nearly 6 million people? All of this chaos created by one single racist mind. Racism is not always about violence. Racism is discriminating against someone because of either their religion, skin color, or their features. But out of all this hatred, came some inspiration, from Martin Luther King jr., Barack Obama to Collin Kaepernick.
To get a better understand of how my perspectives of race/ ethnicity, culture, and heritage came to be. I need to give a brief history of my family. Both of my parents immigrated from Mexico in the early 70’s. they are both from the same state of Jalisco, Mexico. Both of my parents did not have any formal education; consequently, they do not know how to write or read. My dad worked all his life in general labor jobs as well as my mother. I grew up in a predominately Hispanic area with minuminal diversity. I have two older siblings that are substantially older than I am. My grandmother took care of my while my parents went to work. So, a lot of my views I gain from her, since I spent a lot of time with her. It was until I got into late middle
In the education system, students of color seem like they aren’t getting the same opportunity’s to succeed in school, compared to the white students. Ramon Menendez’ film Stand and Deliver reveals several issues on the subject of institutional racism as well as other matters which create a major struggle for minority students. Menendez depicts several characters in his film that illustrates some obstacles or situations students of color deal with on a regular basis. For example, Angel, a hard core gangster, is drawn between his success in school and his commitment to his gang. His friend Lupe dealt with situations at home which prevented her from studying and homework. Their other classmate Ana, deals