In the articles; In Search of the Next Harvest, by Guillermina Gina Nunez, Reflections on Diversity Among Chicanas by Patricia Zavella, and The Ethnic Test: Who’s the “Real” Chicana by Gloria Anzaldua we come to understand many of the cultural dilemmas Chicanas face throughout their lives. In some of these articles we identify the terms discrimination, stereotypes, gender,cultural identification, diversity and a couple of other topics that are covered in our Introduction to Chicana/o Studies course. In addition to these terms, I too as a Mexican American identify with a few of the stories these three writers inform us about. An example of how I identify myself with these stories would be discrimination among people of different races.
For example, in the article InSearch of the Next Harvest; Nunez tells us a story about how the Anglo students threw rocks at her and her siblings because they weren’t the same. This describes discrimination because the Anglo students were treating the Nunez family unfairly because of their cultural background. I too experienced a similar story when I was in elementary school. As a kid my parents thought that my education wascritical and that they needed to do the best possible to get me and my siblings the best education in order to succeed. Their solution would be sending me to an all white catholic school. They thought that this would help us through life but instead it made me feel different and insignificant. As a child I interacted with many white girls and boys and most of them didn’t know we were different. Icouldn’t tell the difference either until one day I overheard a conversation between two of my teachers. One was telling the other that I wasn’t fit for that school because I didn’t understand half of the words they said and I wasn’t “white”. As true as it was and knowing English was my first language they thought that it was appropriate to point out that I wasn’t white. I didn’t think that whatthey were saying was nice and I felt sad because I was only a child. I went home and told my mom what I had heard and she went to the school and discussed it with my teachers. After the discussion she encouraged me to do better and prove them wrong because I too was as good as all the other “white” kids. I know it was just a demeanor but to my mom it meant a lot because she too grew up in a worldfilled of discrimination. This was the story that opened my eyes to discrimination and the difference between skin colors. I know now that we are all human and are capable of achieving the same things but as a little kid a person doesn’t understand those little things. It marked me for a while but now I’m over it and I know it isn’t the 20th century anymore were people were marginalized forbeing of a different color but that was the aspect that the teacher had and it was discriminating and a bit hurtful but that was only her opinion.
Journal Entry #3
A quote that caught my attention in the article “Racial Formation” would be “In 1992-83, Susie Guillory Phipps unsuccessfully sued the Louisiana Bureau of Vital Records to change her racialclassification from black to white” (Michael Omi and Howard Winant 23). It caught my attention because I pondered the question of why someone would have to go through the trouble to change their race. Then I figured out that it was because she wasn’t black and instead considered herself to be white. The woman in the story had 1/32nd “Negro blood” in her system, therefore, she was considered black.I found it unfair that she had to be considered black and that she lost the law suit because she didn’t want to be considered black when in her blood there was almost no “negro blood” in her. That quote also caught my attention because they used the term “negro blood” when they could have used a more fit vocabulary word to describe that she was not fully white. It caught my attention to because...