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Last semester I took a screenwriting class, which I thought would be interesting and an outlet for
my creativity and who knows, it might be my secret talent in life. When my
class of ten sat in circle to discuss movie ideas I began getting depressed and
then angry. One the students, a boy of course was writing a story about gangs
in Phoenix, the typical bad boy, learns his lesson the hard way story.

What got on my nerves is that he said his characters were Hispanic they were drug dealers and
murderers, that is, after the professor asked the race of his characters. The
student said they have to be Hispanic or Black, because they are drug dealers,
he is white. I understand that it’s typical to stereotype in the movies, but
when students are pretending and might be future writers it hurts that they
want to continue that stereotype.

I was writing a story, but I changed it after I heard his story, because I wanted to place
Hispanics in a good light. It’s discouraging seeing the only people that look
like you be the maids and drug dealers in movies. I said this in class, not
caring if he got offended, but I obviously was.

We saw black cinema emerging and began leaking onto the popular market with Tyler Perry films.
Hispanics could have an emerging of their own. What would you like to see in

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