Nadia Mendoza CHS 335 May 6, 2014 CIN # 209871829
“To Be Discriminated or Not to Be Discriminated, by another Minority”
“Don’t let anyone call you a minority if you’re black or Hispanic or belong to some ethnic group. You’re not less than anybody else.” –Gwendolyn Brooks. Being called a minority could be an offensive word to some people. To some individuals, the word “minority” is a prejudice word. Most incidents on prejudice has focused on majority discrimination of minority group members, but few have discussed minority to minority prejudice. I am positive everyone has either felt or have been discriminated by a majority. In my situations I have felt I was being discriminated by another minority. I was born in the United States, my parents were born in the United States, and all four of my grandparents were born in Mexico, but moved to the U.S. before they turned 10 with my great grandparents. I consider myself Mexican/American but being the fourth generation to be living in the U.S. of my family, and it should not be assumed that I am part of the second generation just because of the way I look, or what my last name is. I am very proud of my heritage but I am more proud to be called an American. My mother has always been very successful financially, making over $125,000 a year by the time I hit high school. She has raised myself and my three other siblings on her own financially. My father has always been involved in our lives but not as the “bread winner” but as a great father. My mother sent us all to really great private schools in Los Angeles. I attended
Sacred Heart of Jesus High School, my sister attended Bishop Conaty High School, and my brother attended Cathedral High School. When it came time for me to apply to Universities in 2001, my friends were talking about and enrolling into programs like, Financial Aid, and E.O.P. Programs that I did not qualify for at all, due to my mother’s salary. I began to get worried that I would...