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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Fear of a Non-White Nation

*Here’s some bright news for the day: a survey found that 30 percent of Republicans don’t have a problem with Latinos, specifically. But (there’s always a cloud), they don’t like the idea of a non-white majority America. This article says that  fact may be a problem when the GOP tries to attract Latinos. You think?

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

For three states, share of Hispanic population returns to the past

*Some might see this as evidence of a reconquista. I’d like to see a graph that compares Latino wealth and political power from a century ago and today. That would paint a better picture of how far...

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Half of foreign-born Utahns speak English ‘very well’

*There’s a part of me that’s fascinated that this is news – it’s one of those obvious discoveries that mainstream media announces as something new. There’s another part of me that’s glad stories like this are reported...

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Why are Hispanics identifying as white?

*This is a very good commentary. A non-Latino tackles Latino “whiteness” but expands the conversation to all hyphenated racial and ethnic groups. A great line from the piece: ” … sometimes our national discourse on race proceeds as...

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Latino Whiteness? They’re Asking the Wrong Question

Victor Landa, NewsTaco Here’s a fact: In the 2010 Census many Latinos, given the option, chose to identify as “white,” as opposed to black or Asian. Other Latinos chose to identify as “other,” then wrote-in a more...

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

More Hispanics Declaring Themselves White

*This isn’t a new discussion, it’s a technical issue where the U.S. Census form gave Latinos an option for racial identification as a subset of a larger “Hispanic” identifier. This article takes-up where the old discussion ends...

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Mapping the Nation’s Latino Population: by State, County and City

*If a dive into Latino population maps makes your day, then I have nothing to add to this. The population growth by county map is fascinating. VL By Pew Hispanic Project The Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends...

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Invention Of Hispanics

*This brings two things to mind. One is the fact that the “Hispanic” term is invented; another is that the inventors had a specific agenda in mind when they did it. Since then, the term has run...

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

California’s Latino Plurality Brings A Sense Of Déjà Vu

*The California Latino population surge is not new, it’s just a realignment. VL By Leslie Berestein-Rojas, NPR Codeswitch In March, provided California state demographers guessed it right, the state reached a historic milestone: For the first time, Latinos...

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next

*Fascinating. This takes the Latino/Hispanic identity conversation to a  different level. How can marketers/politicos/social scientists attempt to define a community that changes its self-definition from decade to decade? Add to that the Census’ idea to change the...

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

U.S. births drive population growth as immigration stalls

*This has huge implications for politics, education, media … U.S. born, English dominant Latinos are 63% of the Latino population. The percentage will grow with important consequences. VL By Jens Manuel Krogstad and Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew...

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Junk Data in Census Makes Us a Nation of ‘Others’

*This takes the conversation about race in America beyond the superficial, redundant conflicts. The idea is that race is an invented concept, strengthened by Census forms, used by money and power, causing oppression. The piece is a...

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Latino Experience In Appalachia

*Latinos in Appalachia? Hernando de Soto gave the mountains their name in the 1500’s. Latinos have worked in the Appalachian coal industry since the 1800’s. Yes, there are Latinos in Appalachia. VL By Celeste Headle, Tell Me...

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Will Today’s Hispanics Be Tomorrow’s Whites?

*Food for thought. As Latinos grow in numbers and power, what kind of leadership will we offer? How will we define ourselves? VL By Jamelle Bouie, Slate According to Pew—and echoing the results in the last census—the United...

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