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Mexicans Jogging Essay

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Mexicans jogging seeks to highlight the various issues that immigrant and Mexican Americans are faced with. America is indeed such a diverse society, perhaps the most diverse society in the world. But have Americans fully embraced their diversity? This is an important question that has been raised in many debates seeking to address the issue of societal diversity among Americans. The reason why this issue has managed to raise a lot of debates is the fact that there are still incidences of discrimination whereby members of the society who are not considered part and parcel of the mainstream American society have been treated differently by those who consider themselves mainstream Americans. ...view middle of the document...

Currently, the Mexican population in the country has borne the brunt of this societal intolerance. People belonging to minority groups including legal and illegal Mexican immigrants have at one time or the other been discriminated against by the system (Soto). In ‘Mexicans Jogging’, Soto tries to bring out this issue of societal intolerance towards the Mexican community. As a legal Mexican American, Soto is himself treated to the same level of discrimination as his illegal counterparts whereby he is forced to run from law enforcement agencies who for one reason or the other do not seem to believe his nationality. Moreover, his own boss doses not seem to believe that he is a legal citizen and as such, Soto is forced to flee with the others.
As much as there is a strong element of discrimination in the poem, it might be unfair to have a blanket condemnation of the American society based on the assertions made. First and foremost, the author describes the situation from their own individual perspective, that of a legal Mexican American working in place where the majority of his co-workers are illegal immigrant. Just like any other governing authority, the American government is tasked with the responsibility of controlling the number of people who pass through its borders. In carrying out this mandate, the governing authorities might have to interfere with some of the universal rights and freedoms that human beings are entitled to such as the right to free movement and the freedom of association. It is indeed true that Soto’s right and freedoms as an American of Mexican descent were interfered with but this was not the intention of the law enforcement agencies. Moreover, the boss or rather the manager did not believe Soto and this can be explained by the fact that there might have been minimal contact between the manager and his employees due to language barrier and other such difficulties. As such, the boss might have also had minimal interaction with Soto and this might have been the reason why he did not think that Soto was indeed an American (Hispanic American Poetry). Furthermore, the American society can indeed be considered the most accommodating society as far as tolerance and diversity is concerned. This is because America is the most diverse society and furthermore, successive American governments including the current administration have taken deliberate measures to encourage legalized immigrant migration into the country. Perhaps, the entire Soto story would have been different had they been legal immigrants. This is because they would have been duly recognized by the governing authorities and every step would have been taken to assimilate them into the mainstream American society.
Moreover, the main cause of perceived discrimination within the American society can be attributed to the social-cultural differences among the people in question....

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