Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Hundreds protest ‘racist’ Mexican-American studies textbook at Texas education hearing

*Maybe we should thank the Texas Board of Education for angering Texas Latinos. One of the organizers, Tony Diaz, says there hasn’t been this kind of community energy since the 1960’s. VL By Rebekah Sager, Fox News Latino (3 minute read) Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Austin, Texas, to protest what they say is a

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The Textbook That Calls Mexicans Lazy

*We have to keep this issue alive and relevant. Share this, talk about it. VL By J. Weston Phippen, The Atlantic (8minute read) For years teachers and activists in Texas had tried to get Mexican American studies on...

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Trump ‘wall’ gag at high school football pep rally draws cries of racism

*This was reported yesterday. There’s a blatant reference to Trump’s wall. It keeps happening . . . VL By Sarah Mervosh, Dallas News (4.45 minute read) A suburban high school football rivalry escalated Friday after a Donald Trump-themed pep...

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

San Antonio painter Vincent Valdez unveils work on persistence of white supremacy

*This is well worth the reading time investment. The New York Times call the work “a selfie for 21st-century America. VL By Michael Agresta, The Texas Observer (16 minute read) A casual art viewer, wandering into the David...

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Bus driver fired for pouring water on Hispanic 8th grader

*Do you think incidents like this one have become acceptable or more common because of Donald Trump’s rhetoric? To what extent is he making overt racism a new normal? VL By AllMediaNY A Jerome, Idaho school bus...

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Roughly half of Hispanics have experienced discrimination

*Latino millennials say they’ve experienced discrimination more than other age groups. Why do you think that is? (Without disparaging millennials . . .)VL By Jens Manuel Krogstad and Gustavo López, Pew Research Center Factank About half of...

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Washington Perspective: What’s so great about Trump’s America?

*Trump’s call for a great, white male dominated America is a call for a return to an ugly past. VL By Bill Valdez, NewsTaco (3.5 minute read) Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” begs the...

Friday, May 13th, 2016

It’s Gotten A Lot Harder To Act Like Whiteness Doesn’t Shape Our Politics

*Despite mainstream media’s prevalent version, Trumpism is about the politics of white identity. It can’t be middle-class discontent when 40 percent of the middle class are people of color and they vehemently reject Trumpism. And it can’t...

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

The effect racist rhetoric has on young Latinos, and why all Americans should care

*The important thing, I think, is the “why all Americans should care” part. Latinos know the effects of racism on our youth, it’s non-Latinos who need the knowledge. Why? Apart from moral decency, Latinos are Americans and...

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Latino man denied burial at “whites only” cemetery in Texas

*Of course, Texas. I thought the era of this kind of nonsense was gone. There are still a few cemeteries in Texas with fences across them to separate whites from non-whites. Any wonder the state went all-out...

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Community Rallies Around Mexican Grocery Store

*A good happy ending story. It started badly, with vandalism on the wall of a Mexican grocery store: Go back to Mexico now.  The community around Las Palmas store in Brookline, 10 minutes south of Pittsburgh, rallied...

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Anti-Trump protesters descend on NBC headquarters over SNL appearance

*There werent hundreds of protesters, it was more like dozens. But they delivered more than half a million signatures in a petition that demands that NBC and Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels remove Donald Trump from...

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The other baggage of Confederate symbols: anti-Mexican sentiment

*The vast majority of Latinos have no idea of the struggles of Latino generations past, specifically of Mexican-Americans who fought institutional racism, lynching, and deep seeded hate. This is why Mexican-American studies are needed, not just for...

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

*A fascinating read! It turns out that traditional Latino neighborhoods are more prone to gentrification because new white residents are less likely to move into a neighborhood that has a majority of black people. VL By Daniel...

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