The Disconnect

By Christopher Heide
“I remember promising my mother that I would go to school everyday, if it meant that I was able to stay in Mexico," said 16 year old Mexican-American, Guillermo Romano, as he tearfully recalled his final moments as a native resident of Mexico City. Romano was only five years old when family prepared to legally moved to the United States, so that his parents could attend American universities. Little did young Romano realize, his proud heritage would be a source of ridicule and disapproval for the next few years of his life. “In retrospect” commented Romano. “I faced a lot of racism and stereotyping as I grew up, but I just didn’t realize it until I was older."

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