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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 up in Laredo (and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, too, because I lived on both sides of the border), and

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...

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Hispanic population reaches record 55 million, but growth has cooled

*While the U.S. Latino population continues to grow, there are some changes to report. The growth rate is slowing, and there is evidence that Latinos are dispersing widely across the country. VL By  Jens Manuel Kroogstad and...

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

New Census data shows Latinos driving shift in U.S. population demographic

*This is a lot like watching food cook. We know what’s happening, it’s been happening since before the 2000 Census discovered Latinos. The growth is statistically undeniable and the yearly Census updates tell a recurring story –...

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Some Thoughts on Racial Identity

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco I think we owe Rachel Dolezal thanks for bringing to the forefront an issue that was going to rear its head sooner or later—the complexity of racial identity in America.  The notion...

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

The Catch-22 of U.S. citizenship law

*What a story! A Latina is trying to prove that she’s an American citizen through a clause in the law called derivative citizenship – it means that if either of your parents are American citizens, you are...

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Myth of a White Minority

*The problem of racial and cultural identity becomes more difficult as Americans intermarry. Fifteen percent of new marriages cross lines, making new definitions possible, changing the way we see ourselves and others. VL By Richard Alba, The...

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Will California ever become a majority-Latino state? Maybe not

*Because the immigration from Mexico and Latin America has fallen after the recession, and because the U.S. Latino birthrate have fallen as well, the projections of when Latinos will become the majority in California have been adjusted....

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