By Samantha Leal | 02/26/2013 - 11:17
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor didn't hold back when criticizing racially charged language used by a federal prosecutor in Texas, even when the Supreme Court announced it would not take up the case. Sotomayor made the relatively unusual step of writing a statement to accompany the announcement, reports Reuters.
By Samantha Leal | 12/20/2012 - 16:03
No matter how far we come, there seems to always be someone trying to knock us down. Whether with racist comments or laws that systematically target Latinos, there are many things our community still has to fight for. And fight we will! Here’s a look at some people who have tried to keep Latinos down in 2012 – and here’s to a better 2013!
By Samantha Leal | 12/07/2012 - 12:18
The conservative pundit Ann Coulter wrote a column on Wednesday that blatantly attacked Latinos. In her column, titled "America Nears El Tipping Pointo," she states that "the deluge of unskilled immigrants pouring into the country" are taking over America, and that the typical Hispanic immigrant nowadays is both "underclass" and "the poorest of the world's poor."
By Samantha Leal | 07/19/2012 - 09:56
George Zimmerman, who is on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, spoke in a nationally televised interview for the first time last night. The interview, with Sean Hannity for Hannity on Fox News, was conducted at an undisclosed location in Seminole County, where Zimmerman must stay under conditions of his release on bail, reports Fox News Latino.
By Jesus Trivino | 04/02/2012 - 15:47
It was a peaceful, breezy spring day in Brooklyn, New York in 1994. It wasn’t cold enough for a coat, yet it was perfect for a light hooded sweater. I wore a tan Timberland hoodie over my Catholic school uniform to disguise my preppy getup. This day I took the long way home; I wanted extra time to listen to A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, Midnight Marauders, on my portable Walkman (Yes! Cassettes!). I put on my hoodie, popped on my headphones and let Q-Tip and Phife dole out ear candy.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/27/2012 - 14:55
The frustrating ironies of being Afro-Latina hit Yuly Marshall with stunning regularity: At work at a Miami hospital, Hispanic patients of the Cuban-born radiology technician usually assume she’s African American, asking her, “Where did you learn to speak Spanish like that?” and expressing shock—even skepticism—that she’s really Latina. Other times, fellow Latinos will disparage African Americans in front of her with phrases like, “What can you expect from negros?” and then turn around and tell her, as if paying her a compliment, “But you’re not like that. You’re one of us.”
By Amaris Castillo | 12/22/2011 - 13:30
Remember the famous experiment involving children and baby dolls?
Conducted by Kenneth and Mamie Clark during the 1940s, the social experiment asked a sampling of black and white children about two identical dolls, one with white skin and blonde hair and the other with brown skin and black hair. The children were asked which doll was good, and which was bad. Which was pretty, and which was ugly? You get the deal. The experiment studied children’s ideas about race at the time.
By Viviana Hurtado | 12/13/2011 - 13:00
Millions of words roll off our tongues every day. We often times don’t think about the power of words, specifically the legitimacy we give a political position or social statement with the terms we choose to use. That is, until a scandal breaks.
Exhibit A: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language added “anchor baby,” along with 10,000 other words and phrases, to its latest edition. The term was initially defined as: