What are some of the sterotyepes of hispanics and how were some of these sterotypes developed

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Generally speaking, all ethnicities are labeled in some negative way. One of the most common stereotypes of Hispanics is that they are not motivated. One reason that this stereotype may have developed in because some Hispanic people work at a low paying job to support their family (sometimes even sending money to Mexico to support family there). They are unable to go to college, therefore unable to get better jobs. Unfortunately, this makes them look as though they do not want to better themselves.

Hispanics also have a culture that believes strongly in family. Many times a home will not only consist of a mother, father, and children but with grandmothers and grandfathers as well. They may not place as much importance on money because family is a number one priority.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Stereotypes about Hispanics have largely been the kind of stereotypes that are applied to most ethnic groups that are seen as "bad."  Hispanics are often said to be lazy and unwilling to try to get ahead.  I would assume this comes from the fact that they have historically been stuck in dead end jobs that do not allow them the chance to actually advance.

Where I live, at least, a typical stereotype of Hispanics is that they have excessively large families that get packed into small homes.  This stereotype probably has some truth to it since most Hispanics are Catholic and because the newer immigrants have come from cultures where large families are the norm.  When put together with low incomes, this would lead to overcrowded homes.