Wow, Raphael can you be any more a walking and talking Latino stereotype? If you listen closely you can the song, ‘Low Rider’ by War playing in the background. The first words out of his mouth is Spanish, so we instantly know that he’s latino. Actually, in every sentence he speaks there is a spanish word in it. Now, from reading his wiki, I do know that he’s a first generation immirgrant from Mexico, but Raphael has been in the United States since 1953. I could also understand if he only spoke in Spanish when angry like Ricky Ricardo (I Love Lucy) used to do. Yet, every other word out of this guy’s mouth is in Spanish. I personally would think that after all this time that every other word he speaks wouldn’t be in Spanish.
However, I could over look the Spanish, if his whole physical description wasn’t just as sterotypical latino. She even used a the paitings of a Latino artist to describe his skin color. I think the cherry on the top of the sterotype sundae would be the gold chain that’s he’s wearing.
Also to add to the overall racist overtone of Raphael introduction, is this the whole chico exchange. It’s one thing for Raphael to call Jace ‘Chico,’ but for Jace (who is white) to call Raphael ‘Chico’ in that condencesning tone was really racist.
Now moving on from the racisim, the last thing I want to talk about is Clary’s stupdity in telling Raphael, a realtivive stranger, about vampires. Once again, Jace just stood by and said nothing to stop her. I have to ask again: How is the Shadow World still a secert from Munane Society?
Everyone is just so happy to make it more than obvious that the Shadow World and the creatures in it exist. In a logical world, The Shadow World would have been exposed to Mundanes a long time ago.