Mexicans” written by Gary Sotto, the author expresses how is to growing up in the ‘barrio’ and makes a comparison between two different cultures. Even though: “The Back of the Bus” and “Like Mexicans” are although different because of segregation and differences of cultures, they share the same struggles through racism, stereotype and having no choice. Even though “The Back of the Bus” and “Like Mexicans” are although different because of segregation and differences of cultures, they share the same struggles through racism. On “The Back of the Bus” Mbabane wanted to show how racism was taking place before the Civil Rights Act.

There was a big difference between white and black people. “Black people were at the bottom of society in all aspects of human life”, meaning that black people always will get the worst. African American can not used the same bathrooms and white people. African American were not allowed to seat on the bus, even thought with time it had a tremendous change. As for “Like Mexicans” Sotto described how Mexican people were meant to marry Mexicans only. For both essays it seems that each culture had their own neighborhood of only African Americans or Just Mexicans.

Even though: “The Back f the Bus” and “Like Mexicans” are although different because of segregation and differences of cultures, they share the same struggles through stereotype. In “The Back of the Bus” we see how African American were being stereotyped by white people, that if they violated or broke the law the policemen and Jails were around the corner Just to chase them. “Like Mexicans” Sotto mentioned about living in the “barrio” (Sotto, 390). By growing up in the “barrio” we can tell that Mexicans were stereotyped by living in old houses where the paint was coming off, on a loud neighborhood, with rusting cars near the barn.

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But Sotto, also describes how her fiance Paeans family) neighborhood were Just the same as the Mexican Barrio. Even though: “The Back of the Bus” and “Like Mexicans” are although different because of segregation and differences of cultures, they share the same struggles through having no choice. In the essay “The Back of the Bus” Mbabane talks about having no choice on her own experience on riding a bus. When blacks had no choice, but to show respect to whites to the extent that they had to give up their seats in a in a bus when a white person wanted it.

Blacks and whites were definitely treated fervently and unequally. Even though they had no choice, African American had a specific area where black people could sit while they were on the bus. On the essay we can see how an old lady defends those seats by saying: “These are the naggers’ seats! ” (Mbabane, 173) “Like Mexicans” they had no choice but to continue with their family tradition, that consisted on getting marry with Mexicans only that were on your same class. To continue with the Jobs that their family were doing as well.

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