Sophomore Jasso sterotyped for being Hispanic

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Sophomore Jasso sterotyped for being Hispanic

Jesus Jasso finishing up homework during ELO.

Jesus Jasso finishing up homework during ELO.

Jesus Jasso finishing up homework during ELO.

Jesus Jasso finishing up homework during ELO.

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Interracial conflict has been a hot topic especially at Central High this year.

Jesus Jasso, who is a Hispanic sophomore, has seen this firsthand.

Jasso has experienced dirty looks, being stereotyped and also dealt with racial comments from classmates.

Sometimes during class if the teacher starts a conversation about immigrants Jasso’s friends will turn around laugh and say “just like you” which upsets Jasso. “It’s not fair to be treated like this, but unfortunately this is the reality we have to live in and something we will always have to deal with throughout our life,” said Jasso.

Jasso doesn’t like how people use being your friend as an excuse to say those things.

Jasso remembers a particularly event that annoyed him.

It began when he was walking out into the mods and was entering his classroom.

He sat down at his spot and started to take out his things. As more students entered the room, he tried to mind his own business. Then the two seats in front of him were taken and so was the seat to his right.

As the other students took out their things to get ready for class, the student in front of Jasso turned around. Jasso looked up from the floor and looked at him. The student asked if he could borrow a pencil. Jasso kindly gave him a pencil and looked back down at the floor. But the student turned around and asked a question.

“You’re hispanic right?” the student said.

“Umm yeah, why?” Jasso replied. “So that means your family came from Mexico?” the student asked.

“My parents are from Mexico, yes.” Jasso said who started to feel more uncomfortable.

“You do know that eventually you and your family are gonna be deported. It’ll happen sooner or later,” the student said. After hearing that Jasso was shocked and didn’t reply immediately. “Maybe I should tell them right now so they can deport you” the student continued.

At this point Jasso’s confusion turned into anger.

“First of all most of my family was born in California so they can’t do anything. And second of all don’t bother talking to me if you are just gonna stay stupid things like that,” Jasso replied.

The student looked shocked at first but then turned around and left Jasso alone.

“I know that sometimes it’s hard to not be biased towards your race, but we all need to learn how to treat each other equally,” said Jasso.


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