Hispanic Stereotypes: A Case Study

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A:) Hispanic Stereotype: B:) I was working the closing shift at The Home Depot when a man approached me, probably in his early 30’s. He asked how he seal a piece of wood outside his by the poo; deck. I began to ask him questions like I was a robot programmed to handle this on numerous occasion. I began to walk to the caulking sealants area to give him the product he needed, to which his slightly raised voice said, “What is this?” I began to explain to him what the caulking sealant does, how to apply it, and what does it protect from. Somehow, there was an awkward silence as if he was taken aback at the flexibility and how easy I handled the solution to his problem. Suddenly he begins to ask the same question again. Confused, I began to answer them diligently until he calls me by my name. “Jonathan where are you from.” I answered, “Why do you ask?” which he nervously responds “ How long have you been living here?” There was sudden silence he walks away and begins to ask for help to his project to my coworker as if he had…show more content…
Being at a store close to downtown must really mean that having a Hispanic speak to American in their native language is crossing their territory. Being Hispanic must mean that I am an illegal immigrant from Cuba or Mexico. Being Hispanic must mean that when there’s an increase in poverty, crime and teen pregnancies, I must have something to do with it, or my mom must have debuted on Dr. Phil screaming at her “baby daddy” for child support. And of course, when applying to a scholarship for being Hispanic, the essay topic would be to write about the challenges in my life and how I overcame them, because you know, I am Hispanic and therefore my life has to be complicated. I must have had a set of obstacles that others don’t and risen above.

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