Setting Us Back: 10 People Who (Tried) to Put Latinos Down in 2012
Setting Us Back: 10 People Who (Tried) to Put Latinos Down in 2012
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!


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Ann Coulter at the TIME 100 Gala
Ann Coulter Attacks Latinos in Column
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."


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Bachelor Sean Lowe
'The Bachelor' Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed
By Samantha Leal | 10/16/2012 - 10:24

The lawsuit filed in April against ABC and the production companies responsible for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette has been dismissed, reports Fox News Latino.


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George Zimmerman in court in June 2012
George Zimmerman in First TV Interview: "I'm Not a Racist and I'm Not a Murderer"
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.


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George Zimmerman in court in June 2012
Zimmerman Not a Racist, According to FBI Report
By Samantha Leal | 07/16/2012 - 09:47

In a report released by the FBI, a detective states that while George Zimmerman was "overzealous" and has a "little hero complex", he is not racist. 


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Trayvon Martin
Hoodies & Hope: Trayvon Martin Case Speaks To A 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.


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Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas
Negra & Beautiful: The Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas
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.”


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WATCH: Social Experiment with Mexican Kids Shows Institutionalized Racism
WATCH: Social Experiment with Mexican Kids Shows Institutionalized Racism
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.


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Anchor Baby
"Anchor Baby": When a Dictionary Definition Makes a Political Statement
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:


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Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen Stands Up for Latino Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder
By Fox News Latino | 12/07/2011 - 13:30

Hollywood actor Martin Sheen is using his political muscle to try and help a Latino man he says was wrongly convicted of murder.

At a press conference Monday, Sheen, who is Latino himself, said he met with the man, Jon-Adrian Velasquez, hours earlier and believes his case “cries out for justice.”


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