Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Should “Hispanic” be a race?

*First off, this shouldn’t be a serious question. Second, the answer is no. Third, who is “Jane the Actuary.” Fourth, give this piece a chance, Jane says there should be a U.S. Census category for “person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America.” It’s like American Indian, but without

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

From One Guatemalan’s Journey, A Whole Community Rises In Long Island

*This is my favorite read of the day. Do yourself a favor, read this story, or listen to it. It first aired on NPR’s All Things Considered. It tells a story of Latinos in the U.S., repeated...

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The Nation’s Latino Population Is Defined by Its Youth

*This article is chock-full of Latino millennial statistics: nearly half of native-born Latinos are younger than 18; one fourth of all U.S. Latinos are millennials; 44 percent of U.S. Latino eligible voters are millennials. It goes on,...

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

An Emerging Entry In America’s Multiracial Vocabulary: ‘Blaxican’

*This isn’t the first time I hear the word, but it’s the first time I read about it . . . and it’s about time. Giving something a name is the first step toward mainstreaming an idea....

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Mapping the Latino Electorate by Congressional District

*What’s startling to me about this map, after I went to my congressional district and found that it’s 60% Latino, was the number of districts represented by anti-Latino, anti-immigrant congressperson where Latinos are the majority eligible voting...

Monday, January 25th, 2016

For Many Latinos, Race Is More Culture Than Color

*This is an old issue, but this article focuses, in part, on the political consequences of the answer. Political representation (voting districts) is divided by racial identification with the idea of equal representation in mind. But Latinos...

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

This is America’s Least Diverse City…and It’s Not Black or White

*This is where I grew up, and yes, it’s very Mexican-American, overwhelmingly so. It was that way in my childhood and adolescence, and it’s that way today as well. I’ll tell you what I loved about growing...

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o Ruffles Feathers By Saying She is Not Just Kenyan; She Is “Mexican-Kenyan”

*She says she’s fascinated by carne asada tacos. That’s full-fledged Mexican cred for me. Mexico recently announced it will give its 1.38 million afro-Mexicans official recognition in its census forms. VL By Liku Zelleke, Naturally Moi Lupita Nyong’o,...

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Birth rates among Latinas at an all-time low, as their prosperity continues to grow

*Jody Aguis Vallejo, a sociology professor at the University of Southern California, says that Latinas “are finally joining the trend of delaying having children in order to graduate college or focus on their careers.” That’s good news....

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Census Changes Could Make Whites Less Than 50 Percent Sooner

*There’s a good infographic that circulated in social media networks recently, done by NPR it showed how much the “race” question had changed on census forms since 1850. For instance, those who we now refer to as African-Americans...

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Changing Demographics Tilt Toward Democrats — Eventually

*In mainstream mediaspeak “changing demographics”means more Latinos than ever before. The “eventually” part of the headline and story means our numbers are growing faster than our political power. A fascinating statistic in this story: there will be 2.6...

Monday, October 26th, 2015

The term ‘Asian’ may be overly broad but California is stuck with it

*This is very interesting! Many immigration projections have Asians surpassing Latinos in the not too distant future. Already, Asian immigration is growing at a fast pace. A recent letter to the editor asked “If Asian is to...

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Leading Latino demographer, Dr. Jorge Chapa, passed away this week

*Dr. Jorge Chapa, a noted and important Latino demographer, passed away on Tuesday in Urbana, Illinois. Former MALDEF attorney and St. Mary’s University Law Professor Al Kauffman was his friend and colleague and wrote this obituary. It’s...

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Watts Is More Than Two-Thirds Latino. So Why Is Hispanic Leadership Virtually Nonexistent?

*Watts Latinos tend to be recent arrivals, young and Spanish dominant. But the issues that face the Watts community today are generations-old, the same issues that black leaders have been working on for decades. VL By Dennis...

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