How Latinos are still insulted in American media today


For the editor: As I read Daniel A Olivas’ opinion piece, “The stories I needed as a Chicano boy were silenced. Now I tell them, “I wasn’t surprised to hear that he was insulted by one of his high school coaches. I was not surprised to hear his story about feeling unworthy and unequal compared to other students because of his ethnicity.

I remember telling a school counselor in the early 1970s that I wanted to be a teacher. “Your species does much better in secretarial work,” he replied. Luckily, I knew I was talking to a racist who had no business advising students of color. I knew better because both my parents were college professors. My father was a writer named Mario Suarez, one of the authors mentioned by Olivas.

I was lucky to know that I came from a culture of people capable of achieving great things.

Unfortunately, many children lack role models in our schools and in the media. Many of them watch shows like “The Big Bang Theory” on a group from the California Institute of Technology, where the only Hispanics shown are part of the cleanup crew. Chicanos are rarely portrayed on television as educated professionals. Instead, they are still mostly viewed in the media as domestic workers or criminals.

I am grateful for the wonderful article by Olivas. However, I am sad to report that we still have a long way to go.

Laura Suarez, Lakewood


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