Hispanic is one of the fastest-growing minority groups in the country, and it is the second largest group after the African Americans. A lot of these Hispanics draw their roots from Mexico. One aspect to understand is that Hispanics have their native language with a cultural background, but they are not an ethnic depiction as usually presented by most non-Hispanics. Based on history, most Hispanics, for instance, Puerto Ricans, received citizenship of the United States after the Spanish-American war. Historically, Hispanics have struggled a lot to fit legally, socially and politically into the American society with widespread discrimination. Despite these struggles, exhibitions such as "celebrating Hispanic Heritage" have emerged as a significant vehicle to inform the current Hispanic generations about their origin, struggles, and need for solidarity. As a result, the essay is a reflection of the "celebrating Hispanic Heritage" exhibition.
From a personal perspective, the exhibition event was outstanding. Diversity is a very imperative subject in the United States. It is not reasonable to talk about the subject without introducing the concept of Hispanics. This ethnic group has suffered a lot since their introduction into the country. As generations pass, the stories of these struggles and suffering at the hands of the natives and other major ethnic factions fade away. The current Hispanics population in the United States, especially Generation Y and baby boomers, does not acknowledge the Hispanic heritage and what it feels to be of Spanish descendant because they are so assimilated to other dominant groups. Luckily, events such as “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage” offer the opportunity to reconnect with the forefathers that fought for Hispanics well-being and ethnic independence in the country. In short, the event brings a strong feeling, a feeling of cultural identity and connection.
It is significant to agree with the talk on the aspects of struggle to discover the Hispanic identity and discrimination. The concept of struggles showcases how the Hispanic custom goes way back in the country. These struggles represent the Hispanic heritage and define the ethnic society. Basing on history, it is possible to make the assumption that most of the current generation does not acknowledge these struggles. However, such events are critical as their primary aim is informing the Hispanic Society descendants of their heritage. It is more important to agree with the subject of discrimination. Discrimination of the Hispanics was obvious from social, cultural and legal perspectives. Historically, the discrimination of minority groups was inevitable, but the Hispanics had a large share of it compared to other groups. Even more recently, the society still experiences discrimination with its population being widespread in the United States.
The concept of migration elicited a strong reaction on a personal level. The event provided a feeling of Hispanic heritage and acknowledged how the Hispanic population came to settle in their present areas. In this case, these migrations depict a lot of struggles on the way for Hispanics forefathers. It is a trace of heritage and a sense of identity for the Hispanic group.
- In case the GOP presidential candidate Trump ascends to power and since he accuses the Latino community and other immigrants of being in the country illegally, will his election lead to the disruption of the unity and solidarity that the community has fought for, for years?
- Will the current state of globalization affect the Hispanic heritage and the quest to safeguard the Hispanic identity?
The class apart stresses on the concept of legal struggles and the aspects of discrimination. It is significant to acknowledge that in a class apart the film and the talk, the issue that emerges in a clear manner is struggling for identity in the hands of the local community. Even the previous federal and state governments have in need taken part in oppressing the Hispanic community. For instance, in the film, after the Mexican Americans got citizenship in Texas, the Hispanic population lost their lands under unfamiliar situations going from the state government through swindlers and other unusual laws. Moreover, still in Texas after the American Civil War, the local government drafted laws that discriminated the minority groups (Hispanics and African Americans). The above small analysis of the film portrays the struggles of the Hispanics forefathers towards the discovery of the Hispanic heritage and acceptance in the American society.
In conclusion, the talk “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage” is very significant, especially for the current generation to recognize the inheritance of the community and the struggles that the Hispanic people had to go through to cement the presence of the community in the United States. Besides, the talk helps the Hispanic group to connect effectively with their heritage and acknowledge their identity. Such speeches are of great significance and should be encouraged by the institutions that have the mandate to ensure their occurrence. Hispanic communities have a great sense of selflessness, and in order to preserve such a concept, the future generations of the community need to be engaged in such talks. Lastly, the "Celebrating Hispanic Heritage" exhibition was very successful and passed the intended message to the listeners. It had a great of impact, especially on the students from the Hispanic community.