American Hispanic- 1st

Growing up in a Anglo socority never really having my Hispanic nationality, freinds and of course boy freinds. and of course not specking fluently. Just to have moved in my late teen 1 out of so so many sibling went to Angelo why did my parents take me to a over populated Hispanic sority city school where girls would call me white and the the boys talk Spanish behind my back. I left their for go never to feel like I'm back ward since this is America. What do you feel?

icuao2 icuao2
41-45, F
2 Responses Feb 15, 2010

Because I lived and went to school in my early years in the suburbs and during these years Hispanics did not live in these neighborhoods. When I came home to New York for high is when I started learning basic Spanish which is all I speak at this time. I have been called white girl many times. I used to try to fit in but no more. Either people accept me or not. My life moves on to live my life to the fullest and for my own happiness. <br />
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I think The USA is the most ethnically diverse country but the least linguistically diverse. So many people have the attitude "This is America......" English only attitude. I am three-fourths Hispanic from Albuquerque, a city in the birthplace of Hispanic America, and still to this day predominantly Hispanic. I do speak Spanish, but with many full-blooded Anglos speaking Spanish here as well as our share of Hispanics who don't, Anglos cooking food that OUR culture started, and my light skin, there are those who place me in that category of Non-Hispanics until they really hear me speak either language in depth with my pronunciations. Also my soon-to-be ex-wife who is Hispanic but from Colorado and VERY anglicized, used to try to get me to pronounce my Spanish words (while talking in English) what she considered the "right way" which to her was the "White way" because she thought I sounded like a Mojado (a term used for illegal immigrant, translated "Wetback") and I guess she was ashamed. After our divorce, she's moving to Arkansas, a very Non-Hispanic state. Go figure. The state of New Mexico was stolen by the USA in 1845and the Non-Hispanic Anglo-Americans promised to let the Hispanos (my ancestors) keep Spanish, but beginning in the 1912 statehood, kids began being physically punished by their teachers for speaking Spanish to their teachers, so the baby boom generation nearly lost Spanish due to their parents deciding to not use it in the home. Now the younger generations are slowly getting it back, I learned it from my grandparents whom spoke it as their first language. And I use it at work as a dual language "two-way immersion" kindergarten teacher. English and Spanish are actually both official languages in my state, something our recent governor found hidden in the state's government law books for over a century!