In Class Writing: Hector Bustos
I have never been “tokenized” specifically, but I would like to expand on the idea of a group of college students being “tokenized” to diversify the campus. When making college decisions, there are huge factors that play a role in deciding what college you want to attend. When making my decision, I wanted to make sure I attended a campus where minority groups were celebrated and were seen in large numbers. Every college makes it a point to advertise that their college is diverse by printing admission/promotional materials that feature one student from every racial group. When students see this picture, they feel like their race/culture is well represented at that particular school. The university system has done this to have a “good reputation” when it comes down to diversity within race throughout the entire student body.
USF specifically, advertises their campus as the “most diverse campus in the nation.” I too was one of those students that fell for the trick that universities play on students. When I came to USF, I had a culture shock. There was more white people than I have ever seen before, I grew up in a city where the majority of the inhabitants within the city are hispanic. It is crazy to realize that if USF truly is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, the game that these universities play on students is out of hand. Students are “tokenized” in order for the university to get higher numbers in students, meaning a higher budget for the university as a whole. Students are in a way being used because of their minority status and used as a mean of promotion. People of color should not be used as a way of promoting the university because at the end of the day, people of color are only being oppressed by the university, and while they are being oppressed, the university is making money from their promotional contributions.
Audio Essay Script Prep
My story is about my feelings towards my ethnicity and culture. I grew up in Santa Ana where over 80% of the city’s population is Hispanic/Latinx. I have always been extremely immersed in my culture and for that reason, I am incredibly proud to be a Mexican American living in Southern California. Santa Ana is a world of its own. It is located in Orange County, but it is much different than the rest of Orange County. When one steps into the borders of Santa Ana, they quickly feel the welcoming environment of La Plaza and Calle Cuatro (downtown). In recent years, I have grown even prouder of being a product of Santa Ana, especially because the rest of Orange County is so different. With the rise of Trump’s Popularity in Orange County, there were instances where I, and many of other Santanians felt scared for the legal status of our friends and family. I wasn’t always as involved and intrigued by politics until my freshman year in High School. Before then, I did not know that Orange County was an extremely right-wing conservative county. It was a difficult time for me because I lived in fear that my mom and I would one day be stopped and racially profiled or harassed by white police officers, or any other members of the white community. With the popularity of Trump in Orange County, it was difficult to distinguish who I could confide in, especially when it came to my friend’s and families’ legal status. The police have always dominated the city of Santa Ana, and have been given a lot of money and power because of the corrupt mayor currently serving in office. ICE has also been seen numerous occasions, tearing families apart. After experiencing, reading, and watching videos of white police officers tearing families apart in this hispanic-majority community, I was scared of being a hispanic male walking alone late at night. I had lost the identity and culture that I held so dear to me before the rise of Donald Trump.
Essay #1 Discussion Hector Bustos
For essay 1, I will have to write and record a non-fiction audio essay. This essay will reveal who I am as a person and any other important aspects of my life. This essay will also allow me to explain my experiences in facing identity, cultural, and racial issues. Throughout the course of the audio essay, there must be some sort of music or soundtrack playing in the background. The music I choose may reflect a significant period/event/situation in my life.
Some challenges that I may face are choosing the right soundtrack that I feel will best represent my situation, being vulnerable to my audience when explaining any personal experiences I have faced, and finally, editing all of my audio contents. The greatest strength I have when writing and presenting this essay is that the topic of the essay is all about me. No one knows me better than I do, so the essay shouldn’t be too challenging, especially when talking about situations that have happened to me.
Summary to Brandi’s Response (Hector Bustos)
Brandi makes a clear distinction between Cadogan’s experiences in his hometown in Jamaica and his experiences while attending college in New Orleans. She argues that the United States prides itself in diversity, yet minorities are not necessarily treated the same way the United States prides itself in doing. Brandi comments on how she believed the essay was written a few years ago, but to her surprise, she found that this essay was only written two years ago. This discovery shows that prejudice and discrimination are still prevalent in the United States today. She argues that although the issues on police brutality have become a lot more known and has stirred up concerns, there is still more that needs to be done.
Patricia, August, Hector
- People who are similar to one another, whether it be through race, religion, or background, tend to group with one another because they hold something that they can relate to.
- We tend to judge or discriminate others who are different from us, but if we were all the same, no one would be unique or have a unique perspective to his/her identity.
- We found that our group didn’t really have any differences, we all had very similar ideas when it came down to the identity and cultures of these different groups of people.
An individual has a unique perspective in his/her response to the issues on identity and culture based on their experiences and backgrounds because everyone grew up in different households, and in different regions of the world. People have experienced different situations because there are so many factors that contribute to one’s sense of identity and culture. Some of these factors may include one’s race, gender, religion, political affiliation, etc. These factors have contributed to our differences in our response to issues on identity and culture.
Transgender Identity (Isabel Benito, Hector Bustos, Yuxin Wo)
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines being transgender as “of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity differs from the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth; especially: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is opposite the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth.” In modern society, identifying as transgender is much more common and accepted as it was in the past. Unfortunately, this does not mean that transgender people are accepted by all communities.
Transgender people in the United States face various identity issues all of which negatively affect their way of life. According to Human Rights Campaign, the greatest issue transgender people face is lack of better healthcare. The healthcare system developed in the United States is not meeting the needs of the transgender community. Not only is there a lack of resources to meet the needs of the transgender community, but many transgender people have been turned away by medical doctors because of outright bias and unfair judgment. The transgender community also faces harassment and stigma. There have been many cases in which employers, friends, and even family have rejected transgender people upon learning about their transgender identity. There is also a lack of identity documents among the transgender community. “Many states require evidence of medical transition – which can be prohibitively expensive and is not something that all transgender people want” (Human RIghts Campaign). The lack of identity documents makes every area of transgender people’s lives even that more difficult.
Even though the transgender community faces a lot of adversity with their identity and other external forces, there are many brave, incredible, and successful transgender people living in the United States today. One of those people is Dr Ben Barres. Dr. Ben Barres is an American neurobiologist at Stanford University. Since 2008, Barres has been Chair of the Neurobiology department at Stanford University School of Medicine. He transitioned in 1997, and became the first openly transgender scientist in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2013. Like Dr. Barres, there are many successful transgender people thriving in the community everyday as doctors, scientists, teachers, firemen and women, and the list can go on forever. The point is that transgender people help make the community they reside in a better place.
Merriam Webster Dictionary
Human Right Campaign
Meaning of Name
Hector, derived from Greek legend, was one of the Trojans who fought against the Greeks. After killing Achille’s friends, Achilles himself killed Hector, and tied his dead body to the back of his chariot and dragged him around. The name Hector is historically common in Scotland. The last name Bustos, is a surname of noble origin from Northern Spain. This last name expanded to Argentina, Mexico, and Chile in the 17th century. I was named after my mother’s late baby brother. Living conditions in Mexico were not the best during my mother’s childhood, so her baby brother became extremely sick and passed away.
There was a point in my life when I was somewhat embarrassed by my name because my mother was unable to say it properly. She came to the United States at the age of 16 and since then she dedicated her life to working, and although she understands and can hold some conversations in English, her English is incredibly choppy. Although I found it somewhat embarrassing at an early age, I no longer find this situation embarrassing because I have come to realize that she was unable to learn proper English because she dedicated the majority of her life to working so that my siblings and I could live a better life.
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