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Added April 23, 2014

Being Hispanic: Find The Power Within

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Being a teenager is difficult for everyone, whether you're a cheerleader or a social outcast. But the unique cultural pressures put upon a Latina teen makes life even more challenging. You struggle to establish an identity that somehow melds your strong connection to being Hispanic with your desire to fit in as an American teenager. Caught between the conservative values of your parents and the freewheeling ways of contemporary society often leaves you feeling misunderstood, and battling to be heard over the clash of opposing cultures.

 

Being Hispanic, you are part of a legacy of independent capable women who have endured years of hardship. Giving birth to an intelligent modern Latina like you is just one of your mother's accomplishments. For generations, Latinas have uprooted themselves, seeking work in foreign cities, adapting to new customs, and taking life-changing risks. What it takes to reach your goals is part of being Hispanic; call on that courage and strength to create the life you want for yourself.

 

There's an old expression that says, Educate a man and you will educate his sons. Educate a woman and you will educate generations. You have the power to do precisely that. Colleges all over the country are trying harder to recruit Latinas. More money and scholarships are available than ever before. TRIO programs in high school give those who just want school over with, a chance to get excited about going to college.

 

The same diplomatic skills you use to balance being Hispanic with American culture and responsibilities of family and school will prove invaluable in the rest of your life. In the real world, those skills are called diplomacy, tact, and discretion. Because you grew up with parents who made enormous sacrifices so you could have a better life, honor them by taking advantage of the opportunities that lie before you. Surround yourself with positive people who are proud of being Hispanic, who see your potential and expect you to live up to it, people who are going places and doing things. Minimize the time spent with those who are negative. Do not allow anger, fear, or sadness to rule your behavior when you are with them. Know while you can't change them, you can change the way you react to them.

 

Being Hispanic, you are a part of an exploding generation of bilingual, bicultural women whose influence will affect music, television, movies, fashion, advertising, slang, and just about everything else in American culture. Remember that education, the most effective way of getting you to where you want to go in life, is a mix of experience, persistence, and trial and error. Make a commitment to learn more, read more, ask more.

 

Then whether your goals are a college degree, starting a business, doing community work, or raising a family, you will thrive and be the success your hard work has earned you!

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Toot toot
Toot toot
Posted July 29, 2014
I'm a Mexican and my favorite boxer is Saul Canelo Averaz and ppl judge me because of my tradition and in my class her name is liana and she is Portuguese and she made fun of me and I said look at you so I don't know why you talking about me plus your the only Portuguese girl in the class and I told her you race's and then she stopped
Toot toot
Toot toot
Posted July 29, 2014
Also I'm Un Latina ( I'm a Latin
Emmadabest99
Emmadabest99
Posted July 24, 2014
Mexico (mex as in "Mexs" to shout out at a Mexican - ? - jee as in HI pronounced "he" since it's Spanish -ko as in Cocaine) is a giant contaminated drug lab full of chili peppers, government oppression, massive fucking drug wars, dealers, whores, corruption, tequila, factories, jumping beans, blindingly quick mice, sombreros, tacos, and of course, the filthy Spics. The entire continent of Central and South America could actually be considered Mexican since they're all just fucking brown beaners amirite? Mexico is currently in contention with Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the Balkans for the title of the Biggest Shithole on Earth.
julietacueva
julietacueva
Posted July 27, 2012
I'm Mexican. Sometimes I take offense to things people say but most the time I don't. This boy used to ask me if I had a green card and it didn't matter to me cause I knew he was joking. And I joke about being Mexican too so I don't mind.
Mexicanchicka203
Mexicanchicka203
Posted June 18, 2012
As you can see from my name i am Mexican! Lol. One time at school we were on a field trip and on a bus, i was sitting when a white boy asks me "Are you illegal?" I was about to say "Thats none of your effing business!, and no im not!" I just said no i was born in evergreen park, gotta problem?" I was soooo peeved off. Ugh i hate descrimination so much. I love being hispanic but hate people assuming that im stupid or illegal. UGH Thanks for this article it helped a lot. OH and btw im really smart im in honors classes, so HA!
TaylorSwift13fan
TaylorSwift13fan
Posted August 24, 2012
I am proud to be latina. I live in a community where everyone is latina/latino from different hispanic place.I am smart, get good grades, play sports, and am independent. I don't care what they say about my race I know it's envy. We have flaws but so do they and they better just bug off because they are not perfect, no one is.
Harley091594
Harley091594
Posted May 11, 2012
Sometimes people assume that because I am Hispanic, I must be an illegal immigrant in America and that I don't speak English. I love being Hispanic, but I hate the discrimination.
Lesly!!:)
Lesly!!:)
Posted November 25, 2011
Im Latina and I hate it when some are judging my class mates and me I don't get the promblem were all humans,some kids like this girl in my class hates being Latina she's always complaining when she sees books in Spanish she says "ugh the Mexican books" and says "I can be racist to my own race" I dont know what's wrong with her?
Pikachu12
Pikachu12
Posted June 14, 2012
i hate it when people just assume who you are and where you come from, just because of how you look and discriminate you for it to. but sadly that's how it is and how it's always been.the best we can do is hold our heads up high and be proud of who we are. POWAAAAA!!!
BE YOURSELF
BE YOURSELF
Posted April 27, 2012
im a hispanic and proud of myself thnks this blog helped me a lot
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