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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Latinos in Texas Dig In for Redistricting Battle
Latinos in Texas Dig In for Redistricting Battle
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 11/03/2011 - 09:25

Texas saw explosive growth in the past decade, according to the 2010 census, 65 percent of it fueled by Latinos as part of a total of 90 percent growth fueled by minorities. That lead to the state receiving four new Congressional districts, which equals four additional seats in Congress. How those new districts were drawn by the state is now the subject of two big court fights: One in Washington D.C., where Latino groups and the U.S. Dept.


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Can Halloween Costumes Be Racist?
Are These Halloween Costumes Racist?
By Amaris Castillo | 10/25/2011 - 13:15

A group of students in Ohio are so unhappy with racial stereotypes portrayed in certain Halloween costumes that they have organized a poster campaign against it. According to Daily Mail, the Students Teaching Against Racism in Society (STARS) of Ohio University claim that some costumes people don for the holiday can cause humiliation to minority ethnic groups.


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Alabama
Key Parts of Alabama Immigration Law Stand
By Fox News Latino | 09/29/2011 - 16:00

A federal judge refused to block key parts of Alabama's immigration law on Wednesday, which some call the nation's toughest, including a measure that requires immigration status checks of public school students.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn, appointed by Republican President George H.W. Bush, wrote in her 115-page opinion that some parts of the law are in conflict with federal statutes, but others aren't.


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Pregnant
Immigrant Woman Forced to Give Birth While Shackled
By Latino Voices | 09/21/2011 - 14:15

"When I was in bed, I was begging the sheriff, 'Please let me free— at least one hand,' and he said, no, he didn't want to," Juana Villegas said in an interview with a local Nashville television station. She was describing the experience of being shackled to her hospital bed as she went into labor. Villegas gave birth in the sheriff's custody, after she was stopped by local police while driving without a valid license.


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Mana
Maná Urges Latinos in the United States to Fight Back Against Racism
By Amaris Castillo | 07/19/2011 - 11:15

During a recent sold-out concert, Mexican rock group Maná spread pro-immigrant and pro-environment messages to its fans, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports.  “Never forget your roots…we have to keep fighting those lousy damn racists,” lead singer Fernando “Fher” Olvera told the crowd of about 10,000 people.


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Parts of Georgia's New Immigration Laws Go Into Effect
Parts of Georgia's New Immigration Laws Go Into Effect
By Fox News Latino | 07/05/2011 - 11:31

A new law targeting undocumented immigrants has gone into effect in Georgia, though some of the most controversial parts are on hold after a federal judge blocked them pending further review of the measure's constitutionality.

At the moment, the law is going into the effect amid a lot of confusion.

State Rep. Debbie Buckner, D-Junction City, said she's gotten a lot of calls from constituents—including landscapers, roofers and farmers—who have questions about the new law.


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