Tag: Hispanic-Americans

The Latina Writers Who Raised Me

I grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in the 1980s, in what felt like a forgotten neighborhood. Abandoned buildings loomed over piles of garbage and rubble. Playgrounds were overrun by drug dealers. But for me, Bushwick was a place imbued with my culture. There were piragua carts with multicolored umbrellas selling shaved ice on every corner. […]

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Teacher Fired After Asking Trump to ‘Remove’ Immigrants Wins Her Appeal

A high school English teacher in Texas who was fired after she sent tweets to President Trump asking him to rid her school of undocumented immigrants should be reinstated or be paid a year’s salary, a state agency ruled this week. But the ruling is probably not the last turn in the story, as the […]

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Why I Left ‘Knives Out’ With Emotional Whiplash

In “Knives Out,” the writer and director Rian Johnson pays tribute to Agatha Christie and “Clue” in a star-studded whodunit that begins with the mysterious death of the wealthy author and patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). Almost every one of his heirs falls under the suspicion of the private investigator Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) at […]

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Racial Slurs, and 15 Days That Shook Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The racist graffiti was discovered one night this month on the sixth floor of a freshman dormitory at Syracuse University — an anti-black slur and the words “Little China Town” scrawled crudely in marker. The next day, similar messages were found on a fourth-floor bulletin board. Although the campus had already experienced […]

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What Democrats Need to Know to Win Latinos

By the evidence of the Democratic primary so far, it’s clear that no leading Democratic candidate has any idea of how to engage Latinos. The Latino electorate has always been complex, a reality that Democratic candidates, consultants and election “experts” fail to grasp or simply ignore. The 2018 midterm elections showed a sharp increase in […]

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Older Whites, Younger Latinos: One City’s Changes Mirror the Nation’s

YAKIMA, Wash. — Dulce Gutiérrez heard the angry voice as she was speaking in Spanish to a group of students who had volunteered to hand out leaflets for her City Council campaign. It came from across the street, where an older white woman stood on her front porch. Ms. Gutiérrez had endured the taunt before, […]

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Grand Rapids Will Pay $190,000 to Veteran Detained by ICE

The City Commission in Grand Rapids, Mich., has agreed to pay a former Marine $190,000 after he was wrongfully detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for three days last year. The former Marine, Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 28, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed complaints in April over the Grand Rapids Police Department’s involvement […]

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Challenging Trump, Catholic Bishops Elect Their First Hispanic President

BALTIMORE — The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States on Tuesday elected a Hispanic immigrant as their president for the first time by elevating Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who has long vowed to defend immigrants amid their fears of deportation. The bishops followed custom by selecting their previous vice president, but […]

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Brown Is the New Black

I’ve had many lively over-the-fence conversations with my Salvadoran-born neighbor, who moved into my primarily black Los Angeles neighborhood with his wife and children three years ago. Rene and I banter easily about a whole host of things that we have in common, from our shared love of animals to our growing dismay about the […]

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You Must Never Vote for Bloomberg

With his filing of paperwork on Friday to put his name on the ballot for the Democratic primary in Alabama, the billionaire businessman and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg inched closer to declaring a run for the Democratic nomination for president. According to The New York Times, his advisers say he hasn’t made […]

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‘Tío Bernie’ Is Courting the Latino Votes He Needs to Win

LOS ANGELES — Three months before anyone starts voting in the Democratic primaries, advisers for Bernie Sanders are confident about the new voters they are registering in Iowa. They expect a decisive victory in New Hampshire, where Mr. Sanders, the senator from neighboring Vermont, is seen as a local. And in California, a state the […]

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Liberalism’s Latinx Problem

Everyone remembers the image that demonstrated Donald Trump’s cluelessness about Hispanic voters: the picture, from May 2016, showing him grinning like a fool over a tortilla bowl, with the immortal tweet attached: “Happy #CincodeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics” That Trump tweet received entirely deserved scorn from […]

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Victim of Milwaukee Acid Attack Says He Was Told to ‘Go Back to Your Country’

The police in Milwaukee on Monday were investigating an attack on a Hispanic man as a possible hate crime after the victim, who was severely burned on his face and neck, reported that his attacker threw acid on him and told him to “go back to your country.” The victim, Mahud Villalaz, 42, was assaulted […]

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He Wanted Cold Medicine, but CVS Rejected His Puerto Rican ID

CVS has apologized for denying a 20-year-old Puerto Rican student cold medicine at a store in Indiana because employees did not believe his driver’s license was a valid form of identification. José A. Guzmán-Payano, a junior at Purdue University, went to a store near his dorm in West Lafayette, Ind., on Oct. 25 to buy […]

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‘Swing Set Susan’ Threatened to Arrest Hispanic Teens. Instead, She Was Charged.

A white woman from Texas who was seen berating and threatening to arrest a group of Hispanic teenagers for playing at a park in a widely shared video was charged this week with impersonating a public servant, the police said. The woman, Samantha Louise Eley, yelled and cursed at the teenagers who were using a […]

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Veggie-First Eating, and Thinking

Veggie Mijas is a collective of over 300 nonbinary, female-identifying people and women of color in 12 chapters across the United States, and the group — originally founded by Amy Quichiz and Mariah Bermeo — facilitates community building through vegan potlucks, cleaning up community gardens and hosting youth seminars to teach children about the importance […]

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The Immigrants Trump Denounces Have Helped Revive the Cities He Scorns

ImageChildren in Mexican folklore outfits braving Chicago weather for an “El Dia del Nino” parade in Pilsen in April.CreditAbel Uribe/Chicago Tribune, via Associated Press President Trump has turned repeatedly throughout his tenure and his re-election campaign to two targets: immigrants whom he has described as “invading” the country, and American cities he has called out […]

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Garbage Fires for Freedom: When Puerto Rican Activists Took Over New York’s Streets

Hiram Maristany laughs when I call to ask him about the famous Garbage Offensive. “Like so many things with the Young Lords, you got to go backward to go forward,” he says as the sounds of East Harlem rise around him: kids yelling, the cackling bochinche of old ladies, the heavy sighs and squealing brakes […]

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Julián Castro Was Never as Outspoken as His Mother, Until Trump

SAN ANTONIO — When Rosie Castro’s sons, Julián and Joaquin, were still in elementary school, she took them to countless political meetings in San Antonio, hoping they would learn to see the world as she did: a place that needed Mexican-American voices, like theirs, fighting for representation in the upper echelons of power. A place […]

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Man Who Berated Woman Over Puerto Rican Flag T-Shirt Is Convicted of Hate Crimes

A Chicago man who was seen last year in a widely viewed video berating a woman in a city park for wearing a T-shirt with the Puerto Rican flag was convicted this week of two felony hate crime charges. A Cook County jury found the man, Timothy Trybus, 63, guilty on Wednesday after deliberating for […]

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