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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 of a revolution in the way Americans deal with identity. Latinos are a large and loud part of

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,...

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...

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Chicana/Latina Hair: A Discussion About Identity and Your Pelo Journey!

*This is why we need our storytellers, to point out the obvious in a beautiful way, because ordinarily we wouldn’t see it. VL By  Amelia ML Montes, La Bloga What is your relationship to your hair?  How much time...

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Latino: Use only when it’s politically convenient?

*Great question! This is what happens when the theory of identity runs into the reality of politics. What makes a Latino politician? Culture alone, or advocacy? It’s interesting to see who makes the cut – Arizona is...

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...

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