- June 14, 2020
Despitebeing the second largest ethnic minority group in the United Statesof America, historically, Latinos are the oldest group of immigrantspresent in the country (Encyclopedia.com, 2016). Some Latinos movedto America due to the civil and revolutionary wars that they wereexperiencing in their countries. Others moved to America to seekemployment opportunities. Latinos have wide dispersed settlements inthe United States (Encyclopedia.com, 2016). Their population hasexplosively grown over the years and as at 2000, the census conductedcounted 35.3 million, about 12.5 percent of the total population ofAmerica (Reisinger, 2011).
Inthe initial years when the Latinos moved to America, they experiencedvarious challenges. The Latinos were shunned by the Native Americancitizens since they had different cultures, values, language andappearance. Latinos have experienced discrimination over the yearsfrom the American citizens since they were among the first group ofimmigrants in the United States. Americans were new to the concept ofimmigration, and they did not welcome the Latinos. The Latinos heldjobs of low cadre, most of them did not receive good education likethe Native American citizens. They went through discriminationbecause people saw them as individuals who did not belong.
HowLatinos changed over time and adapted to life in America
Overthe years, the way Latinos are treated has changed. They have gainedmore acceptance among the American population. Americans haveacquired some of their cultures and traditions including theirlanguage. This move is a clear indication that they have openedthemselves to mingle with the Latino population. Also, there havebeen intermarriages among the Native American population and theLatinos. More of them are holding good jobs, and there is animprovement in the general living conditions of the Latinos (Cárdenas& Kerby, 2012).
Asthe Native American citizens mingled with the Latinos, they becamemore welcoming and changed their attitude towards them. Latinos havemade efforts to be vocal in various ways, and this made NativeAmericans change some of their perceptions about them. Most Latinospreviously could not communicate in English, and this contributed totheir negative treatment by other citizens. Their literacy andcomprehension of the English language have significantly increasedover the years, meaning Latinos can now get better jobs. Theirinteraction and performance in schools are better than before.
Latinoschanged people’s attitude towards them by significantlycontributing to the American society. The Latinos introducedAmericans to their cuisines, their culture especially the value offamily, and their religiosity since most of them are ChristianCatholics or Protestants. In media and entertainment, they have had asignificant influence in the United States through the production oftop albums and top musicians who are famous internationally. Thesepositive contributions changed how people view and treat them (Yafai,2015).
Latinosget along well with new migrants, especially the new ones since theycan relate to the challenges immigrants face in America. Except forfew wars among race gangs, Latino migrants are not as hostile toimmigrants as the American natives.
Inthe past few years, the attitude of Native Americans towards Latinoshas changed for the worse. Between 2003 and 2006 anti-Latino hatecrimes rose by 35% (Mock, 2012). The debate over American immigrationpolicies continues, and it gets worse daily especially after thecurrent election of the president of the United States of America.The president made negative comments about immigrants. Such debatesand actions frustrate the efforts of Latinos to live peaceful withNative Americans.
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Reisinger, M. E. (2011). Latinos in America:Historical and Contemporary Settlement Patterns. In J. W. Frazier, E. L. Tettey-Fio, & N. F. Henry, Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America (p. 183). Global Academic.
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