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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
i <3 my haters
i <3 my haters
Posted August 10, 2011
I am latina. I am Puerto Rican and people always assume that I am Mexican, an alien because that is what they call Mexicans, or stupid. But I am really smart I am smarter than what I am supposed to be amd also this will help more latina girls build up the self-esteem.People always call me ugly but I dont care because i dont have to worry about what someone said about me if it isnt true.Me encanta ser latina y puertorriquena ( I love being latina and puerto rican
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?
Posted April 27, 2012
im a hispanic and proud of myself thnks this blog helped me a lot
Posted August 08, 2011
YES! I am Hispanic myself, and I hate when people automatically assume I'm Mexican or illegal or stupid. Truth is, I write and read English better than most of the native English-speakers themselves! And my mom has done SO MUCH for me, my goal is to make her proud. She literally is like my best friend. I work hard in school and take care of my siblings and do my best to achieve my goals because of her. She's my inspiration. :] And she's such an amazing mom (all of my friends who have met her say they sometimes wish she was their mom instead), that it's heartbreaking to see her disappointed. I'm definitely going as far as I can. My mom gave ME a better life by moving here, and I will give HER a better life to show my gratitude and prove all her work worthwhile. ^___^
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