Tanya Barrientos

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Tanya Barrientos is the author of the essay “Se Habla Espanol”. Barrientos, originally borned in Guatemala, was raised in Texas. I really enjoyed this essay. It was very truthful and full of emotions. The main point in this essay I believe is how the world views certain groups and how their views of them are. Stereotyping occurs outside and within the person or group.
This essay speaks of a female who was born in Guatemala, who is clearly Latino on the outside down to the color of her skin. She moved with her family to the United States when she was three years old so she is completely Americanized on the inside. She is struggling with her race and the stereotypes that go with it. She should be able to speak Spanish but she is still trying to learn the language up into adulthood. She also criticizes her own heritage with stereotyping; stating in the essay “To me, speaking Spanish translated into being poor.” (Roen, 2010) She enjoys in some parts to defy the stereotypes. This is found in when her and her brother went to start school and the teacher showed negativity with saying “You people. Your children are always behind…” (Roen, 2010) They proved to the teacher that they are very capable of keeping up and also exceeding past the others. You can see the internal race struggle within Barrientos throughout the essay. She thought it a compliment when others told her she didn’t seem “Mexican”. She didn’t want the label of being from Mexico which meant poor, dirty, and lazy. Throughout life, she fought with herself and how she views herself. She wanted to reach out to her roots after taking classes at college and was taught about the different histories of different countries.
She went through huddles to learn her native language and still to this day unable to fully comprehend it or speak it. She wanted to fit in with her race but felt she couldn’t. She…...

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