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An Inside Look: Incorrect Perceptions of Immigrant Families
Families are the root of how we live. We gain our values, morals, and traditions from them. They are the usually the biggest influences in our lives. Families made up of immigrant parents give children a different upbringing compared to other American families. Immigrants and their American born children are now numbered to be about 81 million in population or about 26% of the United States’ population (Batalova and Zong, “Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States”). This means that about a fourth of the population is made up of immigrants and their children. But, if the number is so high why are there still so many stereotypes associated with immigrants and their families? Both of my parents are from Guatemala, so I have had experience and have heard of experiences from other people engaging in confrontations about the stereotypes and perceptions associated with being Hispanic. These perceptions include things like having no education, relying on government programs, and not knowing how to speak English. Of course, there are always going to people who perfectly fit the mold of the stereotype bestowed upon them because where else would the stereotype have come from? But, the majority of the time the claims upon groups of people, for the most part, are extremely inaccurate and unseemly.
The notions implied about immigrant families need to be corrected in order for people to not judge a person upon their race or background. When a certain label has been placed upon something, whatever it is, it is hard to eliminate that stigma. These inaccurate brands put upon immigrants and their families or even people who are not typical “Americans” are extremely hurtful and sometimes even dangerous. People may gain a false sense of superiority because of these stereotypes which could lead them to act upon prejudices. In one incident a Puerto Rican family, the Santiagos, who are the only minority family on their street, realized after picking up a child from her bus stop that someone had scratched into their car “Go Home” ( Sgueglia and Yan, “‘Make America White Again’: Hate speech and crimes post-election”). It is clearly shown that having false images of a person or group of people is dangerous. In a broad sense, having a false perception on something, in this case immigrants and their families, can cause one to not truly understand a people and how they live their life. Therefore, in this essay I hope to give more understanding and insights to Hispanic families relating to their false labels. Also, as a disclaimer, every family is different, and I am not trying to say that my family is absolutely representative of every immigrant family.
Everyone is misunderstood, whether it be because of the way they dress, the way they act, or even where their family is from. For me, the biggest misunderstood part of my identity is being Hispanic. There are always stereotypes associated with the way a person is or chooses to be. The important thing is to always stay true to who you are even if people misperceive you. I know the way it truly is to be raised in an immigrant family, and no one can ever tell me different. It is the greatest blessing to be a part of two different and distinct cultures, Guatemalan and American, because they have made me who I am.
Batalova, Jeanne, and Jie Zong. “Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States.” Migration Information Source. Migration Policy Institute. 14 Apr. 2016. Web. 4 Dec. 2016.
Costandi, Mo. “Am I too old to learn a new language?” Education. The Guardian. 13 Sept. 2014. Web. 4 Dec. 2016.
Sgueglia, Kristina and Yan, Holly. “‘Make America White Again’: Hate speech and crimes post-election.” Crime and Justice. CNN. 29 Nov. 2016. Web. 4 Dec. 2016.
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