Stereotyping of Hispanics in Hollywood's Films Essay

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Stereotyping of Hispanics in Hollywood's Films

"[Cinema] manipulates the human psychology, sociology, religion, and morality of the people..."(Cine-Aztlan 175). I has been said to be used by capitalists and socialists as a powerful weapon in the struggle for social justice. In all the Hollywood films and documentaries about Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, none have escapes stereotypes. And it hasn't gone unnoticed. Thomas Martinez states that the "symbolic function of advertising in one level of understanding the racist implications of the mass media, especially regarding the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans"(Camplis, in Noriega 284). To completely understand Latino's struggle for liberation, the term "Raza" has come up
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So the question arises, What is the role of cinema in the struggle for Cubans to be heard? In the 1960's, radical political movements in Chicano and Puerto Rican communities took place in the U.S., influenced by the Civil Rights movement of around the same time. They did this in order to expose and emphasize the terrible treatment they'd been forced to live through, such as forced abortions as shown in the documentary, "La Operacion", or Operation Bootstrap.

American-run institutions regulated the number of births as a way to control population by sterilizing women who unknowing went through with the procedure without adequate knowledge of the entire process. Many, once tuned in to what the whole process was, would have preferred alternate methods of contraception, but after being misled, there was no turning back and thousands of children that were killed, thousands of women who had no opportunity to have another child by a government so engrossed in politics and economics that they were too busy to see any moral wrongdoing. So, Puerto Ricans, like Chicanos took a stand and exposed the injustices they had experienced by the American government, that was trying to help the country by destroying lives. This is where the Raza came in. As stated before, the Raza allows these groups to uncover the

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