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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


As we’ve seen numerous examples of in English television shows, Latinos and Latinas often are portrayed in ways that are consistent with stereotypes. Latino men are often portrayed as violent criminals or gangbangers who are bad to women and Latina women are often portrayed as being very sexual often having roles as prostitutes and things of that nature as well as being very loud mouthed and obnoxious. The purpose of this research paper is to expose how Latinos are almost never portrayed as mainstream characters, often being portrayed as sidekicks or lowlifes. This paper will also seek to expose how Latino characters are portrayed as more violent on English television than on Spanish television and how these stereotypes in English television are so recognizable and deeply rooted that even young children are very familiar with the stereotypes that are being portrayed. This research paper will reference several articles that take into account Latino and Latina perceptions of themselves on English television.