Americans enjoy categorizing their citizens into groups, even the large mass of Caucasians find contentment in knowing their own origins. After viewing a simple image of Dora the Explorer, most Americans would believe that they could see Dora as a Latin young women. The problem however is that Americans tend to lean on stereotypes for further information about Latinos. For instance, Harold J. Alford believes that “Latinos are still treated as illegal immigrants even though they are citizens” of the United States (Alford, 228-234). When the Arizona debate had occurred, Dora innocently awaited her quick allegations about her immigration status. Thus this topic provided ideas for many “creative” Dora spoofs.
Links to different spoofs via the topic of immigration:
Dora the Explorer’s first political dismay was her intention to bring the spanish language to young preschoolers. Many parents stood against Dora at this time hoping to reinstate the English-only laws, therefore the parents would be protecting America’s cultural integrity. Their attempts to complain about Dora into Revision of her purpose had failed. The creators of Dora wanted young Latino children to feel proud of their heritage not threatened or ashamed of it. Prior to 1967, children that were caught speaking spanish in the classroom would receive corporal punishment, and Gareth Dowes believed that the parents and the english-only movement only supported this movement out of fear of the unknown. Another great author Donaldo Macedo said this:
The present overdose of monolingualism and anglocentrism that dominates the current educational debate not only contributes to a type of mind-tied America, but also is incapable of producing educators and leaders who can rethink what it means to prepare students to enter the everchanging, multilingual, and multicultural world of the 21st century (Macaedo, 246).”
Moreover, Americans need to trust Dora in preparing their children’s future. Dora will teach them both another language and self-assuredness to face the upcoming primary years of school.