The Ugly Truth of Latino Discrimination

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One of the most disturbing events in our social society is the subject of discrimination against the Latino community. There are many reasons why this specific instances occurs. Some is self inflicted and some is socially inflicted. One of the things to identify this injustice is the act of enabling bad behavior.

There are many ways to look at this alarming statistic. According to the Pew Research Center, the discrimination that occurs is within the Latin community which the underlying question is why? There are many theories that comes to this, but based on my life experience, the one underlying factor is the stigmas, the fears, and the bad behaviors we enable within our own culture One of those enabled behaviors is in the form of entitlement. Pride is the biggest factor in this struggle to inequality. In my experience, which plays in real time almost every single time, is the way we undermind, belittle, and underestimate those working to making a positive change. In the psychology realm of things, these are signs of narcissistic behavioral habits, which is a social phenomenon known as “The Bandwagon Effect” which in my eyes, is a form of defense mechanism that is used to protect one’s feelings and emotional wellbeing. Where this becomes a psychological form of manipulation called “Gas Lighting.”

One of the things that we encounter in our modern day era is the excessive force which revolutionized the “Black Lives Movement” which shows the unity that the African American community has within it’s own demographic. I see this and I have nothing but admiration for this movement as it shows how this positve change has became a world wide movement that has impacted so many positive changes, but have also caused some additional problems and more barriers in making a consistent positive change all due to the narcissistic mentality that many have gained in this social “Bandwagon Effect.” The problem doesn’t’ lie in the individuals however, it starts by not identifying the delicate balance that this movement needs to make a phenomenal force of purpose and value. In retrospective, while attempting to point out the need for a “Latin Lives Movement” so much feedback and backlash has occurred due to this comment. I will admit that a lot of those comments had very valid points. One of the things that I feel is something that is not taken into consideration is the statics of the statistics of what demographics are subject to forceful actions against government organizations. Below is that specific statistic. Where both the Latino and Black communities are the two demographics that use of force is commonly used on. The irony of this, is amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are experiencing this within the Latino community even more so than ever. Check out the article from NPR below the PEW graph.

It’s no surprise that the rise of metal illness is occurring. After looking at the correlation of reported incidents, the incidents reported primarily have the involvement of Latino individuals, which I am not pointing fingers or demonizing the Latin community. I will say that this is a phenomenon occurring through all demographics. The one thing that I will say is that it gives the stigma that Latino’s are bad people. I talk in my book the discrimination that I experienced in Houston where I was told to go back to my home country, which being Braziian, Puerto Rican, Brazilian, and Mexican had me say “pick the country you want me to go to. I am technically one-fourth American thanks to my Puerto Rican roots idiot.” Here are some of the the common derogatory comments that the majority of Latinos face.

Amongst the rise of cases is the discrimination against Latina women. Again in my expereince, my stereotypes were used against me to make it seem like I was in the wrong of what happened with my employer Sprint. I saw it too often that the discrimination against women was a common culture, which even if it was pointed out, you couldn’t have someone admit that due to the pride and the shame of allowing this to happen. The power of gas lighting is what allows these things to happen. Although this is static’s in 2018, you can only imagine how much this has increased within the past 2 years. A way to identify is the perception of how men these days perceive within women. The assumptiveness they have and the expectations that they get offended for not being responsive to is a clear indication of that specific stigma.

This is a known brutal history that has been occurring for ages as indicated in “The History Channel” that never seems to go away. In essence the new found discrimination, systematics is a tactic used to discriminate against the Latino community that affects us all in the end. The ugly reality is the sense of our perception that we identify with is the major factor of how this affects us all. We all feel that if we percieve a sense of accomplishment, we get exempt from this treatment. However in the wake of COIVD-19, we start to see more and more the inequality that occurs from this as many individuals are being affected by this in so many ways. Here is the chart of what is the determinate of receiving proper healthcare.

If this isn’t real enough than why is the latino community being the most underpaid demographic in America.

One of the things I didn’t realize that I was fighting against in “The Journey of an Unraveled Road” was the fight against systemics which I preach in the book about the unfairness of what I’ve seen happen and what I couldn’t understand, but the major difference was I never used evidential research to back this us. I talked about it and always saw the expressions of people which I could read them loud and clear “this girl is playing victim” which would piss me off. I was like “you’re a fucken idiot” but that never helped the purpose of trying to make people more aware of it. The funny thing it’s always been those who gave up on themselves that never let me give up on me. I will be forever grateful for these individuals as they made me into what I have been deemed as the “upcoming civil leader” which I had no plan in being at all. I was just one person tired of seeing the injustice that I was seeing and allowing to occur. I was just like you. Hoping for change to occur that never ever occurred. Thinking that I couldn’t make a difference so why even try. And when I tried got discouraged to do so. But why stop for the sake of those who are naive enough to think these things don’t happen? You’re doing it for you and for the future generations. Because in the end, you are more capable of doing something great that will make an impact. The one match that you have is capable of making an explosion. Hey in the end we are in this together. And to make a big impact, it’s going to take more than one person to make this.

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Now I say this is a Latino problem but we all know it happens to all of us more than it should. This is the true “we are in it together” because truth is, we are. Have you experienced a form of discrimination that you didn’t realize you encountered? Was it gender role based or demographic based? What are your thoughts? How do you think we start fighting against genera inequality? Until next time, take care and stay positive. Always know you have the power, you just need to finit and learn how to use it positively.

Love your gurl,

Harvard from da Hood

Curious on how I got this logic, check out my book “The Journey of an Unraveled Road” available now.

Published by Frieda Lopez at Frieda the Writer

Frieda López is the writer for Journey of an Unraveled Road who was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. Through her professional career in Customer Relations and Retail Management, she has utilized her experience and interactions with the behavioral patterns, which was used to start her personal journey with Journey of A Unraveled Road as her debut novel. She has completed philosophy, psychology, and theology courses at San Antonio College as well as creative writing courses. Frieda López has been a lifelong writer since 2nd grade. A survivor of childhood trauma, childhood abuse, and domestic violence, she wrote this piece, which started this book as her personal journey; works from home in San Antonio, TX.

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