Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Let White People Appropriate Mexican Food—Mexicans Do It to Ourselves All the Time

*A couple of White women traveled to Mexico and brought back tortilla recipes that they got from Mexican women in markets and restaurants. They started selling the tortillas from their food cart and all hell broke loose on them. They’re accused of cultural appropriation and had to close their cart. I’m concerned about the effect

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

¡Feliz Aniversario! The Smithsonian Latino Center Enters its Third Decade

*Twenty years ago the Smithsonian Latino Center was an act of courage. Today it’s a necessity. It’s a pillar of national Latino storytelling. There are plans for a permanent home on the National Mall in Washington. VL...

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Don’t culturally appropriate Cinco de Mayo or anything else

*Why you should read this: Because Ray Salazar has a bone to pick about silly Cinco de Mayo celebrations – “if wearing a cultural object requires you to explain why you’re wearing it to someone from that...

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Native American Students Push San Diego State to Retire Controversial Aztec Mascot

*Why you should read this: Because, as SDSU professor Ozzie Monge says, “the use of indigenous groups as mascot . . . make students and faculty “accidental racists” in “redface.” VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla (3.5 minute...

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Laughter, fear and Trump at the Spanish-language circus

*Why you should read this: Because it’s a good story. Because it shows the Trump effect from an unexpected place – circus attendance is down because of fear of deportation. VL By Daniel Blue Tyx, The Texas...

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

The PC Term ‘Latinx’ May Get Ditched—Partly Because It’s Too Hard to Pronounce

*Why you should read this: Because this discussion doesn’t seem to end. Because there are as many people who think Latinx is here to stay as there are those who believe it’s not. What do you believe?...

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Coming To Terms With “Latinx”

*Why you should read this: Because Latino identity is complex enough without adding another option. Becasue this young Latina asks good questions about the Latinx choice. VL By Arianna Davis, Refinery 29 (9.5 minute read)   When...

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The Making of a Mexican-American Dream

*There are two pieces that I believe you should read today. I’ll be posting both of them and I’ll start with this one. It’s a 30 minute read, but it’s well worth the investment, thanks to Taquista...

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Our Institutions as Sanctuaries

*Why you should read this: Because Eduardo Diaz makes a good point about expanding the idea of sanctuary to mean more than a religious place of safety. Because sanctuary should mean a safe harbor for ideas and...

Monday, March 6th, 2017

An Unknown Latino Tuskegee Airman Has Been Discovered

*Why you should read this: Because this is new, or rather, resurfaced. Because It’s a cool story with cool pictures. VL By Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, The Atlantic  (4.5 minute read)   An exhibit that opened Wednesday at the City...

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Latinos along border discover Sephardic Jewish heritage

*Why you should read this: Because it’s fascinating. Because the U.S. Latino culture is vast and varied and intricate. Because in many ways the Latino culture is all cultures. VL By Mercedes Olivera, The Dallas Morning News...

Monday, December 26th, 2016

8 Great Latino Books Published In 2016

*Suggested reading before the year ends. VL By Rigoberto Gonález, NBC News (4 minute read)  As the year comes to a close, here’s one final look at some great Latino books published in 2016. This list includes...

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Some Christmas Wishes

*We made Henry’s list. More good news to report! VL By Henry Flores, NewsTaco (2 minute read)  I was pondering what to write about in my next column when it suddenly occurred to me that it’s Christmas! ...

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

12 Latino Holiday Festivities And Traditions That Are Bigger Than Christmas Itself

*This is from a 2015 post, but the list still stands. Tomorrow night is Noche de Rábanos. VL By Tanisha Love Ramirez, The Huffington Post (6minute read) Santa Claus, reindeer and jingle bells are great, but they’re hardly the...

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