How much do you know? Can you name a Hispanic individual in any of the following categories. But wait. Stop. This isn’t a test of your research skills. Can you do it without asking a friend? Without looking it up on the Internet? Without using your best research tool, aka, your local librarian?
No cheating now. See how many categories you can fill.
Picture Book Illustrator
Nobel Prize Winner
United States Surgeon
These are just a few to get you started. Do you notice any patterns? Do you think a child under 18 would have different answers? Why? Why not?
Do you have more general knowledge in one area than another? Why do you think that’s so? Do you have lots of gaps? How long did it take you to answer? (You can be honest – at least to yourself.) How did you feel about your answers?
Feel free to share you answers in the comments below.
Share what you know about that person if you know more than a name. If you can, identify that person’s family ancestry or cultural heritage. If you feel comfortable sharing your own ethnicity, please do. How do you think this does or does not influences your knowledge base?
How did you learn about this person? Were you taught it in the educational system? Do you think you should have been? Could you answer these same questions if they were for a different cultural group? Could you answer all of them if you were thinking about White European Americans? Why do you think you answered the way you did?
Obviously, this exercise is meant to be thought provoking rather than let’s try and pass the test. (Though do keep an eye out for answers in the next post!) What did you just discover?
Look forward to hearing your thoughts.