In her essay, Cofer explores the racial stereotyping that Latin Americans are subjected to in professional and social circles. Cofer takes an ethos approach in presenting her case trying to appeal to the better judgment of individuals so as to impact on their thinking and behavior towards the Hispanic people. The writer claims that Hispanic people suffer the brunt of negative stereotyping often being subjected to the embarrassing situation only based on their looks. In many places, the Hispanic woman is viewed as a sexual object or one whose place is in the kitchen or at a pub. This stereotyping is widespread such that even highly educated individuals subscribe to the stereotype and practice actively. In fact, children have picked up this perception of the Latino people.
The styling of this article is that the author backs her claims from historical and present facts. The use of real life examples shows the extent to which the stereotyping vice is entrenched in our people. The narrative approach taken by Cofer ensures that she has the attention of her reader and can navigate the article without losing interest. This approach also helps with resonating with readers as they flow with the article. Many people suffer from logical misconceptions or misrepresentation. This error is what causes one to view any Hispanic person as fit for kitchen and bottom cadre work. Further, this misconception leads people to behave in manners that are inappropriate thinking that their deeds are kind or friendly to the subject. Cofer also uses instances of humor to show her displeasure with actions targeted at her. Humor captures and refreshes the interest of a reader while taking the intended message home. Her use of humor also creates carries the imagination of the reader to her context making the audience view her argument from her point of view. This technique also serves to bring life to the story and avoid the reader getting bored.
The flow of logic is well guided as it moves from one point to another without bringing confusion or overlapping of points. Cofer logically addresses the reasons behind particular Hispanic practices such as dressing with solid logical evidence. She indicates the vital role played by culture in shaping Hispanic ladies and dispels the assumptions Latinos women cannot hold high positions educationally or professionally. She sites and instance she was confused to be a waiter while she was participating in a professional forum. Though Hispanic looks are a giveaway for their women, they are not all named Maria, and not all would be pleased by uncalled for advances. Further, one ought to have full understanding of people’s culture before they engage in it else they might appear as rude or say inappropriate and offensive things.
In this article, the intended message is passed on with utmost literal prowess. The writer is successful in attaching the theme of the article to real life instances. Through the article, one gets enlightened on a serious subject in a casual manner. Racial stereotyping is addressed from a cultural point of view in this article. Though the reasoning and approach serve the intended purpose, the author ought to have also considered the contribution of the Hispanic people towards this. For instance their insistence on speaking Spanish even when in America provides an avenue for them to be misjudged. Being in America, it would only be right for the people of foreign origin to intermingle in with the locals as much as probable. This relationship might mean departing from some of their cultures but, in the long run, the prejudice subject is substantially addressed.
- Cofer, Judith Ortiz. I Just Met a Girl Named Maria. n.d.