Constructs of Race & Ethnicity and Latinx Adults’ Perceptions of Discrimination – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Constructs of Race & Ethnicity and Latinx Adults’ Perceptions of Discrimination

Alexis Garcia

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Pronouns: He/Him/His

Research Mentor(s): Teresa Satterfield, Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 5 (3pm-3:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 3
Presenter: 4

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Abstract

Hate crimes and domestic terrorism have spiked during and following the 2016 US Presidential election (www.justice.gov, 2019). The current project zooms in on the US Latinx and immigrant Latino community, as a demographic perceived to be targeted by President Trump. The FBI’s annual statistics also show an increase racially motivated crimes: begging the question of the relationship between the upticks in hate crimes and the former President’s rhetoric. This study examines how the Trump presidency actually impacted Latinx/o/a community. Secondary research questions include: Is there a relation between residential location and racism, such that people of color feel pressure to assimilate to become more “╦ťAmerican’? What is the nature of the Expat identity for immigrant people of color in the US, can they really ever ‘belong’? What factors contribute to the disproportionate amount of legislation targeted at immigrants from Mexico, Central, and South America? Data analysis includes statistical models (SPSS) and comparative studies, based on Garcia Coll et al. (1996)’s Integrative Model. This research will serve to educate diverse populations in the US, particularly those that may have also been impacted by the former presidential administration. We conclude with implications for the study’s findings can bring, in terms of population unity and healing.

Authors: Luis Mendez, Heidi Cano, Teresa Satterfield
Research Method: Survey Research

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