Let’s Unite

In an article published by pewreseach.org in June 17, 2019 and written by Jynnah Radford she states that in 2017 there were more than 40 million immigrants in the United States. Immigrants account for 13.6% of the U.S. population. Of those immigrants most immigrants, 77%, are in the country legally and 5% are temporary residents. Another 23% of all immigrants are unauthorized immigrants. 

In my 1st episode I discuss that my mother, an immigrant from El Salvador, had to go through Mexico to get to the United States. In that episode I discuss how Mexico has the highest number of immigrants coming to the United States they take advantage of immigrants using their country as a means to get to the United States. In 2017 Mexico, China, and India topped the birthplaces for immigrants in the U.S. Mexico coming in at 11.12 million, China at 2.9 million, India at 2.6 million, Philippines at 2.0, million and El Salvador coming in at 1.4 million. Although, Mexico is a lot larger than El Salvador that is quite a big disparity. One thing that is most often not discussed is the topic of racism within our own culture. 

In so many ways they most often want to lump us into one group. The term Hispanic came from the Nixon administration in the 1970’s to encompass all Hispanic subgroups. So, the term Hispanic is relatively new. I personally do not like this term because it sounds too similar to the word “spik” a derogatory term used to call Mexicans that spoke Spanish. 

In doing so I think they created an idea that we are all the same and therefore one big happy family. I mean Shakira and Jennifer Lopez were on stage and they were the same, right?! The problem is that we are NOT the same and we are not one big happy family. We are all individuals that come from different cultures and as you see in my story, sometimes we discriminate against each other. I remember very vividly my dad telling my mom that she was an “india pendeja” meaning a stupid Indian. My dad was from Guanajuato, Mexico. There were no differences in color as far as both were concerned, which shouldn’t be a reason to discriminate but let’s be honest and say that it happens. The idea that she came from another country made my father think he was superior to my mom. It happens within our culture all the time. Even the idea of immigration plays a part in how we discriminate against each other. Puerto Ricans can say that they are American citizens, so they are better than Mexicans, and it does happen so let’s not pretend it doesn’t. At times Mexicans try to say they are of Spanish blood to seem superior to those of indigenous blood. The list goes on regarding these injustices that we create upon ourselves. 

I guess what I am trying to get at with this is that they are already lumping us together so why don’t we just work together? Let’s dance up on the stage like JLo and Shakira and show them the amazing things that we represent. On that stage both women were united despite their background for the unity of all Latino’s. Let’s unite to show them the better versions of ourselves. The many bright colors that we represent both in skin tones and in life. 


Episode 1: Vanessa Graves

On my first episode we discover my story. As an hija to a Salvadoran madre we discuss my madre’s journey. I also discuss why I wanted to start this podcast and what special event led me to the idea. Ultimately, I tell the goal for this podcast in hopes that my story allows others to discuss their stories.

“If we do not tell our stories someone will tell them wrong for us.”