Cesar Chavez

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The readings for this week offended me as a Mexican American. Racial remarks and accusations will always be made by those who believe there in power. As I was reading Gregorio Cortez, I had the impression that the American Sheriffs blamed Cortez for the “horse-thief”, all simply because the sheriffs didn’t understand Spanish. I believe that if the racial empowerment wasn’t involved then Cortez wouldn’t have been mistreated. “-local authorities in south Texas began searching for a horse thief, described only as a “medium-sized Mexican.” Lawmen confronted Cortez and confusion ensued, since neither the sheriff nor his deputy understood Spanish.” The sheriffs assumed that because they were White American Sheriffs they had the power to accuse an innocent Mexican. But even with this racial remark, Cortez fought to protect his race. Cortez was fearless he wanted the racistism to end. “so now I will surrender, because such things are not right.” Such as in the reading “ The Homeland, Aztlan”. They mistreat Mexicans only because they are in the U.S illegally. The whites again believe they are in higher power therefore led to deportation. When in reality Pedro had his papers, but because he was a Mexican they figured he was in the country illegally. Whites are so quick to judge by the color of your skin. To them you could never be as good as them. My cousin lived her entire life in Minnesota, and when I recently visited her, I quickly became the talk of the neighborhood. Since I was darker than her and spoke Spanish, they immediately assumed I was an illegal. The questions they asked were offensive, like how I haven’t been caught, or how I even made it past border patrol. It irritated me more than it hurt. But politely showed my birth certificate, and the expressions on their face were priceless. That only goes to show how much Whites believe Mexicans are hurtful,…...

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