Judith Ortiz Cofer talk about the many stereotypes people has against Hispanic women. Cofer start off telling about an experience in London, with a drunk man who re-enacted “Maria” from West Side Story and even though she was aggravated, she kept her cool although everyone around her was laughing and applauding. She go on to tell about her experiences growing up here in American. Cofer was raised in New Jersey, as a child she was tough her traditional culture while living in a culture where her friends got to act and dress the way they wanted.
One of Cofer main point was that In Puerto Rica, there are any different colors all over, the women were colorful clothes and show a lot of skin because it’s hot. But here in America Latino women are stereotype as whores, maturing early, or only look at as a sexual being, due to the was they dress and because of a lack of understanding the Latino culture and history.
She relives some stereotypical encounters with another man serenading her and she rejecting a kiss from a boy after her first dance.
She also stated that the media has place a negative image on Latino women. Always showing them in a kitchen cooking cleaning, and saying funny things while pronouncing words wrong. She gave an example from her encounters, while at a restaurant she was assume to be a waitress. Cofer concluded that she was lucky to have parents that made sure she was educated and that there are many other that was not as lucky, she hopes to change the media betrayal of Latina women to a more educated, wise, and positive image.
In “ Just Walk On by Black Man” Brent Staples open up his essay disturbingly, giving the characteristics of the first person to discriminate against him due to his presence and stereotype, and describing the actions the effect of his presence on another person. As he walked behind a white woman she started to walked faster until she got out of his sight, thinking he might be a mugger, rapist, or worse. Staples realize that others’ reactions to his presence affected him in return, and he explain the emotions and effects the experience.
Staples continue by shearing encounters throughout his life, as others have discriminated against him due to his physical characteristics, as black man who works as a journalist a field dominated by whites. Ironically, Staples mention that that blacks are overrepresented among the perpetrators of these crimes. Two encounters Staples mention were when he was mistaken for a burglar while investigating for his job and a fellow journalist was mistaken for a killer, all due to physical characteristics. Staples concluded that he will change the way he do thing in certain situation, due to the lack of understanding of others.
For example, Staples go out for a late night walk he whistles classical music as a way of show others that he is a not a dangerous person, but he may always stand out like a cow bell while bear hunting. These two article was similar to each other because both of the writers experience discrimination base on stereotypes, prejudices, and a lack of others understanding them. They experience culture clash Cofer by growing up in American but holding on to her culture and Staples by growing up in the ghetto then becoming college educated moving up the social class scale.
The difference among the two was that Cofer and other Latino women was discriminate sexual and was betrayed by the media as maids and Staples and other black men was discriminate by law enforcement and betrayed as a mugger and rapist. Both of these articles fit into the recent chapters we read in class. Chapter 9 state the main stereotype for Latinos women was they are only good for domestic laborer, which included waiting tables at restaurants and cleaning homes both which Cofer write on.
Chapter 8 on African Americas mention prejudice, stereotypes cause discrimination, for example, how young black male are more likely to get stop by a cop because the color of their skin and how its more blacks in jail than any other race, which in a difference way happen to Staples. These articles provide an alternative view of the experience of racial minorities by allowing me to understand the difference types of discrimination and to allow me to try to understand others difference before I judge them.
These authors broaden the view from their personal experience to larger concerns and issues for these particular racial/ethnic groups because as both authors stated it many people that goes through the same things, if not worse and have story’s similar to theirs. By giving reasons and attempting to explain to those that don’t understand a person them they open the possibility for understanding and change. After reading both articles I agree and understood both authors point of view. I felt I could relater with both authors because they both deal with stereotypes, but with Staples the most.
As a black man myself I have experience all of what Staples wrote about. From his childhood growing up in the ghetto being known as the good boy , where he seen countless tough guys locked away, and buried several. I can relate to him because it sound close to my story, as Cofer I was lucky to have parents to get me to a better neighborhood but still unconsciously in certain situations I become a shadow-timid, but a survivor due to my experiences. For example, as I walk into the class rooms at Clayton State some of the faces on the students with the same characteristics as the lady Staples describ in his opening paragraph.
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