As a Hispanic young man, I have witnessed many racial remarks and expressions.
of me, because some of them think I am Anglo-Saxon and do not know Spanish. I can
manner, the teacher told me to sit next to those girls at the corner. At first they were quiet
and then the whispers began. ?Oye chulo,? they began to call me. I didn?t know what to
do, so I did what any guy with a great girlfriend would do, played dumb. Then they began
Hispanic. I am sure that I would have been mad if an Anglo-saxon girl would have talked
bad about a hispanic guy or girl.
got me a job at his company. The first day he showed me around and majority of the
workers were hispanic; once again they all looked at me again. My first encounter with
to know asked me if I wanted to try some Mexican food. That?s when I gave him this
expression that must have stunned him, because he asked me what was wrong. I told him,
?What, do you think I?ve never eaten Mexican food or what??
Mexican food other than tacos.?
?I am not white, I am a mexican just like you!? I exclaimed. From that day forth I
was treated just like one of the guys. It is strange that hispanics are always fighting for
The only time I can recall being treated wrong by Anglo-Saxons, was the time I
went out to the mall with my girlfriend. At first, it was only the teenage girls looking at
her wrong. Finally, an older couple walked by and said loudly, ?What white girl isn?t
good enough for him?? I got so upset, that I said, ?Maybe Hispanics girls just have a
bigger heart than you white h__?s!? They just kept on walking. My girlfriend broke out
into a rage of tears. I comforted her the best way I knew how. I told her that they were
As I recall all the many times that I have heard racial remarks, towards both
Hispanics and Anglo-Saxons, I realize that most remarks have been made by Hispanics. I
the horrible things they did to them years ago. Just like they now have no alternative but
to except us (Hispanics), we too should put our bad memories behind us.
Houston Community College