you tell them.
Dennis: Do you come out of the closet to other Latinos?
Dan: No. I feel weird because it’s almost like I’m not Latino enough to admit it. I’ll
admit it if it’s someone else who doesn’t fit the stereotype.
Dennis: How would you define a Latino stereotype?
Dan: Gold chains. The guys, the girls, the real obvious Latino people all have ‘em.
Dennis: All Latinos or just the people our age?
Dan: Well not all the older people, I mean like young adults. It’s a college town so
Dennis: Does your dad fit the stereotype?
to be around when he’s pissed off. He had four kids so that’s less than the
stereotype. That’s because my mom’s Italian, you know? She balances it out.
think of when you hear the word Chinese?
your kids? How Latino do you think they’ll be?
Dan: Not at all dude. It’s don’t think people should stress where they’re from if there
really American. Maybe second generation kids, but I was born here and unless my
Dennis: You’re a second generation kid.
Dan: Yeah, but my father sees himself as an American. I mean, he grew up in Brooklyn.
Dan: No way dude. No gold chains there.
Dennis: Have you ever been to Puerto Rico?
spring break. I want to try the Puerto Rican ganga (laughs). You can’t put that in
Dennis: Do you want to be stereotyped as a pothead Latino?
Dan: Dude, I don’t *censored*in’ care what people think.
Dennis A Young
Had it not been for a random comment made by Dan about a year ago, I would
have never known he was Puerto Rican. We work together, but we aren’t particularly
close, so I was curious as to how proud of his heritage he was. Although he wouldn’t
outwardly admit it, he seemed almost ashamed of his family’s origins. I asked him a
quick follow up question the next day, because I had never asked him about his
Puerto Rican heritage and like a true son, he plans to follow in his father’s footsteps.
children have only the slightest clue of where their roots begin. I’ve always thought that
eventually everyone in America would be so ethnically mixed that all people would be
viewed equally. An ethnically combined Brave New World. I had never stopped to think
about what would be lost ethnically. At first it was disheartening to think of how much
have a better idea of Latino culture than the average Joe living in Iowa. I would hope that
passing can trace their roots back to. Not to mention the fact that typical white
Americans would be less ignorant of those we share this country with.
The Latino heritage may not have been handed down directly to Dan, but whether
like ours he could never completely lose his heritage. As our society progresses and the
gain a better sense of the culture. It is ironic to think that while a significant amount of
the culture was never passed on to Dan, his children may have a better idea of where they
come from when they are eighteen than he does now. While that may be less ethnic
identity than many second generation Latinos, I’ve come to the conclusion that it really
isn’t that bad. When someone immigrates to the United States, I’m sure they realize that
on a plane, and experience it firsthand. As long as there is a Puerto Rico, the culture will
prevail. The beauty of the United States is what you give up from your own heritage, you
gain from everyone else’s.