Andrea Trejo Hernandez
April 26, 2017
“Latinx in Action”
During recent times we have had many changes in the United States that require our participation in politics in some ways that were not so necessary before. In this class, we have talked a lot about the importance of participating in activities that allow us to deliberate our opinion in such a way that we can make a change. Something we call“Counterpower” which means going against the power of the institution or society. Last week I attended an event that reminded me a lot of this issue because it talked about activism and the importance of mobilizing. This event was part of the Chicano Awareness Week hosted by the Mexican American Student Association and the theme was Activism and Action in the Latinx Community.
First of all, he was really effective delivering his message. He was an Alumnae from this organization, therefore, he knew his audience and how to approach it. This helped him a lot with his Ethos because not only was he an Alumnae of the organization, but he was a Latino, therefore we felt as if he understood our problems. When it comes to logos he provided us with some facts talking about other protests and leaders who made a change in their community. Also, he mentioned some statistics of white supremacists saying that in the United States 107 incidents of white supremacy happen a year. Only ⅓ of minorities or people affected by this issues speak out. Then after his Logos came Pathos mentioning our fears such as not feeling accepted in this community and saying that our biggest enemy is fear. He called this current situation a “wake-up call,” meaning that is our time to become active in the community and make a change. Also, he used a metaphor of a ship that is going against the current and saying that you should never allow the current to move you even when you feel like there is no other option. Something really important is that he mentioned Disowe Logoi (looking at both sides of the story) asking us to always look at both sides of the story. He made it clear that it is important to know you leaders and their perceptions of race in order for you to be able to make a change.