Tag: Hispanic-Americans

The Mug Shot Is a Crime Story Staple. Newsrooms Are Turning Away.

For more than a century, police departments and news organizations have worked together to disseminate photos of people after their arrest, often bleary-eyed and despondent, sometimes defiant and smiling. It’s a practice as old as the mug shot itself: publicizing an unflattering close-up of a person’s face and profile, taken at one of the worst […]

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As U.S. Confronts Anti-Black Racism, Latinos Wonder Where They Fit In

PHOENIX — “Tu lucha es mi lucha,” several signs declared at a recent Black Lives Matter protest near the Arizona State Capitol. Your struggle is my struggle. The sea of faces included young Latinos who had marched before, during the immigrant rights movement in the state a decade ago, when Joe Arpaio championed draconian policies […]

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Now Is a Time to Learn From Hispanic Americans

CORNELIUS, Ore. — Scholars call it the “Hispanic Paradox”: Despite poverty and discrimination, Hispanic Americans live significantly longer than white or black Americans. Latinos also appear to have lower suicide rates than whites, are less likely to drink alcohol, are less likely to die from drug overdoses and, at least among immigrants, appear to commit […]

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Biden Is Getting a Lot of Advice on His V.P. Here’s What Voters Think.

Joseph R. Biden Jr. appears to face limited political pressure from voters about whom to choose as his running mate, with no contender emerging as a clear favorite and the great majority of people saying that race should not be a factor in his decision, according to polling conducted by The New York Times and […]

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Many Latinos Couldn’t Stay Home. Now Virus Cases Are Soaring.

DINUBA, Calif. — When the coronavirus first spread to the fields and food processing factories of California’s Central Valley, Graciela Ramirez’s boss announced that line workers afraid of infection could stay home without pay. A machine operator at Ruiz Foods, the nation’s largest manufacturer of frozen burritos, Ms. Ramirez stayed on the job to make […]

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Carlos Ingram Lopez Death in Tucson: Another Video and Police on the Defensive

It was another gruesome video of policing in America — a naked Latino man, his face covered by a mesh spit guard, his hands cuffed behind him as he lay dying face down on the ground at his grandmother’s house. He pleaded for water more than a dozen times, saying he could not breathe as […]

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Another Nightmare Video and the Police on the Defensive in Tucson

It was another gruesome video of policing in America — a naked Latino man, his face covered by a mesh spit guard, his hands cuffed behind him as he lay dying face down on the ground at his grandmother’s house. He pleaded for water more than a dozen times, saying he could not breathe as […]

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Tucson Police in Turmoil After Death of Latino Man in Custody

The police chief of Tucson, Ariz., abruptly offered to resign on Wednesday while releasing a video in which a 27-year-old Latino man, Carlos Ingram Lopez, died in police custody two months ago. The video, taken by police officers’ body cameras and not made public until Wednesday, depicts a gruesome episode on April 21. Before his […]

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Tucson Police in Turmoil After Death of Latino Man

The police chief of Tucson, Ariz., abruptly offered to resign on Wednesday while releasing a video in which a 27-year-old Latino man, Carlos Ingram Lopez, died in police custody two months ago. The video, taken by police officers’ body cameras and not made public until Wednesday, depicts a gruesome episode on April 21. Before his […]

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The People Running Campaigns Don’t Look Like Me

I have worked in politics for over 30 years. For most of those years, there have rarely been black or brown faces at the top level of most campaigns I’ve worked on. I am often the lone voice telling a room full of campaign professionals what it’s like to be pulled over by the police […]

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Questions Surround Police Killing of Latino Man in California

Activists and family members of an 18-year-old Latino man are calling his death in Southern California this week an unjustified police killing. The man, Andres Guardado, was fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Gardena, Calif., after he “produced a firearm” and ran away from them on Thursday night, the Sheriff’s Department said […]

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New Mexico Takes Down Statue of Its Conquistador

ALBUQUERQUE — Authorities in New Mexico on Monday removed a statue of Juan de Oñate, the despotic conquistador of New Mexico, as anti-racism protests around the United States are evolving to target symbols of colonial atrocities. The removal of the Oñate statue in Alcalde in northern New Mexico came amid a flurry of other actions […]

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How the Stoop and the Sidewalk Helped New Yorkers Stay Sane

Impromptu concerts from the fire escape. Food relief efforts staged on the sidewalk in front of a church. Friends spread out on the stoop and drinking tallboys. As the city reopens, New Yorkers emerging from quarantine might feel a bit nostalgic for the socially distant bonds they formed outside their homes. From the first days […]

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Black and Latino Churches Offer Prayers, Hope and Coronavirus Testing

Ten days in May. Twenty-four churches around New York City. Nearly 20,000 coronavirus tests. Over the past few weeks, churches serving communities of color have been transformed overnight into mini-clinics offering free coronavirus tests to all comers. The initiative, a partnership of the churches, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office and Northwell Health, is an effort […]

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A Museum Canceled a Show About Police Brutality. Now It Has Regrets.

The artist Shaun Leonardo has accused the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland of censorship after it canceled an exhibition of his charcoal drawings of police killings of black and Latino boys and men. The show, “The Breath of Empty Space,” which includes images of Eric Garner, Walter Scott and Freddie Gray, was to open last […]

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Minority Workers Who Lagged in a Boom Are Hit Hard in a Bust

When Illinois shut down businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus in March and the state’s unemployment system jammed from the overload, Bridget Altenburg, chief executive of a Chicago-based nonprofit group, visited one of the organization’s work force centers. Two things stood out: the sheer number of people lined up to apply for unemployment […]

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10 Weeks Into New York Area’s Lockdown, Who Is Still Getting Sick?

New York City has been locked down and shut off for more than two months. On sidewalks and in stores, masked New Yorkers stand on pieces of tape six feet apart as they wait to enter, shop, and check out. The person who delivers your mail, your food and your industrial sized box of bleach […]

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Black Coronavirus Patients Land in Hospitals More Often, Study Finds

As the coronavirus spread across the United States, sweeping through low-income, densely populated communities, black and Hispanic patients have been dying at higher rates than white patients. Crowded living conditions, poorer overall health and limited access to care have been blamed, among other factors. But a new study suggests that the disparity is particularly acute […]

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Police Face Backlash Over Virus Rules. Enter ‘Violence Interrupters.’

When Iesha Sekou began passing out surgical masks and disposable gloves in Harlem early in the pandemic, some people laughed and said she was taking things too far. It was an unfamiliar role for Ms. Sekou, the founder of a nonprofit that usually works to prevent gang violence. But as deaths from the virus mounted […]

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New York Doesn’t Need More Policing During the Coronavirus

Of the 125 people arrested over offenses that law enforcement officials described as related to the coronavirus pandemic, 113 were black or Hispanic. Of the 374 summonses from March 16 to May 5, a vast majority — 300 — were given to black and Hispanic New Yorkers. Videos of some of the arrests are hard […]

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The Coronavirus and The Cities We Need

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Latinos Face Crisis Upon Crisis

MIAMI — With decades of effort and dedication, Arturo Morales built a life for himself in the United States. In a matter of days, the coronavirus nearly destroyed it all. His wife, Besabed Román, died on April 1 of Covid-19. Originally from Mexico, Mr. Morales, 52, has no job and no savings. Tuberculosis, which he […]

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Job or Health? Restarting the Economy Threatens to Worsen Economic Inequality

WASHINGTON — Efforts to quickly restart economic activity risk further dividing Americans into two major groups along socioeconomic lines: one that has the power to control its exposure to the coronavirus outbreak and another that is forced to choose between potential sickness or financial devastation. It is a pick-your-poison fact of the crisis: The pandemic […]

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We Can’t Police Our Way Out of the Coronavirus Pandemic

This month, Philadelphia transit police officers violently forced a man off a bus for not wearing a mask. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised the maximum fine from $500 to $1,000 for breaking social-distancing protocols, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has deployed Police Department officers to enforce them and make arrests. In Kentucky, judges […]

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Edward James Olmos on Hollywood’s View of Latino Actors

In the new drama “Windows on the World,” Edward James Olmos plays an undocumented busboy working at the restaurant that was destroyed on 9/11. The moving immigration story, which debuted for free this week on the Latino-focused streaming site Vix, is just the latest turn in a storied career that includes an Oscar nomination for […]

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Trump Is Harsh on Immigration. That Doesn’t Mean Biden Has the Latino Vote.

LOS ANGELES — There’s talk of protecting the country from the “Invisible Enemy” by temporarily blocking people from receiving green cards. New footage of the construction of the southern border wall is available to stream online from a government website. If there was any doubt, this week made it clear: President Trump is making his […]

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Think This Pandemic Is Bad? We Have Another Crisis Coming

On the last Friday in March, I lost hope. I have always believed in America: not in our inherent goodness — I am too black for that — but in our sheer animal will to survive. Crisis after crisis, our country has evolved to meet the moment, even if that meant changing the way we […]

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