Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Writing On The Wall-Plaza of the Americas

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Four eight years students have been paintings bricks with terms they find offensive and making the bricks into a wall. The wall is then torn down in order to represent the breaking down of barriers between people. This year a few students found one word on the wall really offensive: “Cuban”. They felt as though the word shouldn’t be on the wall because they identify with it very personally since it represents a culture/their nationality. I felt like they missed the point of having the wall. I don’t think the person that wrote “Cuban” on the wall meant that it was an offensive/derogatory term. Instead someone may have used it against them in that way. The word Cuban is not negative or offensive but some people may use it in a negative way, maybe to make fun of someone or describe a negative characteristic. By placing this word on the wall and tearing it down it is symbolizing that the wall (barrier) between races and different cultures is being torn down also.


Written by taishae

January 30, 2010 at 2:20 am

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  1. I definitely agree with you. I thought it was very presumptuous for many individuals to see the word ‘Cuban’ and get so offended by it that they wanted it to be painted over. I understand that they didn’t want it to fall down next to words like ‘bitch’, but I feel that the person who wrote it did not mean it in that way. I took it in the sense that many times, people consider Hispanics to all be Mexican, Puerto Rican, or sometimes Cuban. Maybe this person got tired of being labeled as something they are not.


    January 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm

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