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Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Seeking better data on Hispanics, Census Bureau may change how it asks about race

*Why you should read this: Because U.S. Latino identity is a story that never ends. Because the U.S. Census count is too important to get it wrong, again. Because I had an email exchange today with a Chicano activist from the 70’s-80’s who called himself Chicanosauri – and I loved that. VL By D’Vera Cohn,

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...

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

‘Latinx is me’: How one letter links controversy, community

*Where do you fall on Latinx? I’m not a fan. I understand that people want a non-binary gender term that fits them. But I don’t think it’ll stick. Because if I have a Latinx friend, and hx...

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

America Is Obsessed With Identity. Thanks, Obama?

*This is going to be very interesting. Code Switch will be exploring what they call “The Obama Effect” on identity. The premise is that President Obama, instead of ushering an era of acceptance, has been the catalyst...

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Rubio, Cruz and the politics of Latino Authenticity

*This Rubio-Cruz “who-is-more-Hispanic” feud is the latest iteration of an old discussion. Falcon writes that the argument over the terms and over Latino-ness is “subject to a wide range of cultural traits from over 21 racial, class and...

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...

Monday, July 13th, 2015

‘Mestizo’ and ‘mulatto’: Mixed-race identities among U.S. Hispanics

*”Complicated” doesn’t begin to describe the nuanced self-identification of U.S. Latinos. Thirty four percent say they are of mixed race (mestizo, mulatto, given the choice), but some of them say they are also white. Try putting that...

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Latino Today, But What About Tomorrow?

*Interesting. Esther Cepeda takes us on the often trodden journey of Latino/Hispanic identity. But she adds some poll numbers for context, and pulls the conversation forward to future generations, to ask the identity question again. As I...

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Al Madrigal’s New Special ‘Half Like Me’ Is What Latinos Have Been Waiting For

*The headline may be a little over-hyped, but I’m still looking forward to the program. Humor is one of the best way’s to make a good point. VL By Ana Maria Benedetti, Huffington Post Latino Voices Al...

Monday, September 15th, 2014

#WhatLatinoMeansToMe: This Is How Latinos In America Actually Identify

*There’s a back story here (there always is). I’m tapped-out with “Hispanic Heritage Month.” Every year, when September 15th comes around, marketers and media roll out their old ideas, dust them off, and re-purpose them for this...

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The Invention of Hispanics

*There is little that gets Taquistas (and Latinohispanicschicanosmexicanospuertoricanscubanosandonandon ) riled-up like the word “Hispanic” does. There is no consensus on the term, for or against, except for the fact that the word was invented and imposed. And...

Friday, June 27th, 2014

A New World Of Expression: Latino Identity Through Music

By Felix Contreras, alt.latino It can get so busy at Alt.Latino that we hardly have a chance to put down our earbuds and notice the little things in life — like our show’s fourth cumpleaños on June 15. That’s four years...

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Indigenous Texans Want UN Support Against Border Fence

*This is important for many reasons, especially if you’re a border Latino. Many of the Chicanos of the Southwest are the present-day Apaches, Comanches, Lipanes, etc … It’s a matter of Meztizo heritage. VL By Julián Aguilar,...

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