THE SHIFT IS REAL: HOW THE HISPANIC POPULATION IS BECOMING THE MAJORITY

 

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“Estados Unidos.”


the new nation

The United States is going through a massive cultural shift. And that shift is involving the Hispanic population becoming the majority in the future. That means that the country is starting to change especially the language in the country. And when that happens you’re talking a lot of people stand a chance of being upset. The reason being that we are used to a certain way of life in the United States. And now the Hispanic population is supposed to represent the change that so many are against. Now notice I said supposed to represent. There are many different groups who come from around the world, but the Hispanic population is so close. So they are seen as this reason for so many of our problems in this country, whether crime or employment.

the color construct deconstructed

America is not the only country in the Americas that have a history of colorism. But living here we are so closed off from a diverse experience. Yes, we have cities like New York and Miami, but for the most part America is rural. And when you are not connected to the world you judge based on outer. Problem is, the Latino population comes in different physical representations. Now, notice I switched and said Latino. When looking at the numbers we combine the two, so Puerto Ricans would be considered Latino, but Mexican Hispanic, yet they are combined. Once that happens you now have people who have a wide range of looks from European to African. And in America you will be excepted or rejected based on color. Only thing is, the numbers are growing in part as a result. We as Americans want to pin point a Hispanic/Latino man or woman based on the physical. And as a result this is one way they will actually become the majority.

the blame game

We need someone to blame for the reason our lives are in the position it is in. So the Mexican community have become the face for the problem. Too many Black people are underprivileged to blame and the Native American groups is far too small at this point. Now, the reality is that technology is changing the way our country operates. A lot of the jobs that the Hispanic are working are more physical jobs that a lot of people in America are not trying to work. So they are be targeted from an “idea” that jobs are being taken, not really being taken.


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CULTURAL APPROPRIATION: WE ALL DO IT, WHY THE UPSET

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“Is there a double standard?”

Over the recent years, I have heard more and more about cultural appropriation. The question of who is allowed to do what. Am I ripping someone off, or am I admiring someone? Which means paying homage to where you got it from, but how many people actually do that? For me at least, I see a lot of styles that African Americans have made popular. It has been considered persona non grata, but worn by someone White and it’s a fashion statement. But, is this something that we all do, or just centralized to a certain ethnic group of people. Well, let’s take a look at the different groups of people.

The African American population for starters are a group where music, dance, and clothing style has influenced generations of young people. Not only Black youth, but youth from a variety of other ethnic groups as well. Yet we still have the appropriates of the styles and claimImage result for cornrows it as their own. There has been a term for the name of these people and they’re called Culture Vultures. They come in and consume the parts that they want and toss out the rest. So instead of calling a hair braided technique Cornrows, the name has been changed to Boxer Braids. The name is changed and yet there is no conversation as to where it came from; almost like it doesn’t matter. It does when the group it is being taken from is told they are not innovators of any style. Yet the style is used later on by an outside group.

Is it just African American? What about the Hispanic population, are there any cultural identifiers they have that people adopt. And my answer is absolutely. I have noticed that a lot of people from the west coast over the years have taken on the Cholo and Chola look. What is this look? It’s what Image result for cholo lookhas been popularized by west coast hip hop artists. Flannels, Dickies pants, shorts and long tube socks, Chuck Taylors, hair nets, with hair slicked back. A look that the Hispanic community has popularized is more than just some hip style. It has more meaning to the group, but to everyone else, it’s the cool thing to do. So how come no one is open into talking about all of these non-Chicanos adopting the style as their own, or showing disrespect by trivializing it.

No one says much about it, unless you’re Chicano. But, what about White Americans. Wait a minute, what I meant tImage result for guido blowouto say was, what about Italian, Irish, Greek, etc. I have always seen people dressing up in traditional Irish garb, who are not Irish. I have seen people styled in the Guido culture of Italians. Even people dressed in togas, but how does the Greek community feel regarding this appropriation. But unlike minority groups, people who fall under the category of European don’t typically get upset over the appropriation. Is it because their cultures are not strong enough to take over. Or is it because that they are typically the majority so it does not encapsulate them like it does someone else?

In the end, we all take a little bit from someone else. Even at times not knowing where it came from. Yet that is what it all comes down to in life. Who created what and who gets the credit for what. But most of all, are the creators being replaced by the popularity of the group using it next.