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"Late last night, my father and I talked about how the term Latino mislabels Indigenous and mixed-Indigenous Mexicans, Ecuadorians, Puerto Rican, etc.. For a long time, he believed Latino and Hispanic correctly defined the Spanish-speaking mixed-Indigenous people of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. His argument was, “We speak Spanish. We dance to Spanish music. We have Spanish names. We live in Spanish towns. That’s what makes us Latinos.”
As we crossed the George Washington Bridge, I looked at the Hudson River and wondered,Why is this so? Why would this make sense to us? I mean, it is true. We do speak Spanish and we practice Spanish culture fused with Indigenous and African elements. But we, my family, are also Indigenous. We come from a land that is governed by our Indigenous relatives. We have Indigenous ties that should not be overlooked. I thought hard about how to politely counter argue his belief. His opinion. His Latino identity.
“So I guess this means Filipinos are Hispanics and Latinos, too?” I said. “Think about it, they have Spanish names. They speak Spanish. They probably dance to Spanish music, too.”
“They are Asians, though. You can’t confuse their race with Spanish,” he says, laughing.
“Exactly, so what makes you think that we’re Latino or Hispanic? Some of us are Indigenous though, right? Think about our families papa. We are Guayakos and Manabítas. We still come from these family clans in Ecuador.”
“No, well..” he said.”We’re…Ecuatorianos.”
Latino or Hispanic is a term coined by the United States to identify Spanish-speaking people coming from south of Mexic0. They probably thought to themselves, “Well, how do we tell the difference between North American citizens and Mexican citizens. Oh, we have an idea. They speak Spanish. Let’s call all of them Hispanics.”
The reality is Spanish-speaking people come from a variety of racial and cultural background. Of course, we are not just black and white. We are also brown, yellow, and red. We are like a rainbow of colors that defines the Indigenous race. Since 2011, more Latinos or Hispanics identify Native American, census shows. Even the New York Times features their article on the cultural change and perspective of Indigenous identity among mestizos, mulattos, and Indigenous people. I also want to add that Indigenous people migrate from South America to the United States and they have to wrestle with their Indigenous identity to Mestizo and Latino labels in the US.
Also, Latino comes from the root word Latin which corresponds to the nations that used to form the Roman Empire: Spain, Portugal, Romania, Italy, and France. According to ElBoricua, “ The word Hispania thus refers to the people and culture of the Iberian peninsula, Spain in particular. The term Hispano (Hispanic) later was used in referring to Spain and its subsequent New World – New Spain, conquered territories which covers most of Latino America.” The white-mestizo society or descendants of Spanish relatives can claim these labels to themselves. They come from Spanish heritage.
But Latino is not a person who only looks Mexican and speak Spanish.
Many of us come from mixed-Indigenous heritage and some are Indigenous, too."
Identity is a powerful thing.
Identity ties you to your lands, your countries, and your heritage.
Identity gives you a deep sense of belonging, of fitting in, and of comfort.
"The following is a review sheet with answers exactly as sent to the parents of 5th grade students by the social studies teacher at a school near where I live. My analysis and thoughts follow the three centered diamond icons. Be sure to see the last paragraph for my full analysis. "
It shows a sample of how poor of an education some of our students receive.
At least the topic is being taught though. Some school districts like in Phoenix canceled ethnic studies for fear that the students would become radical.
"There are plenty of things to celebrate about being American, but being possessed by a blind mania for working yourself into the ground, buying more stuff and mocking people in other countries just isn't one of them."
Another reason I'm not gonna buy any product by Ford (the owners of Cadillac).
Ford is the company that intentionally bought lower priced tires from Firestone that they knew were not rated to support the weight of the Ford Explorer. Then, tires started failing, causing rollovers and over 200 deaths.
Now this Cadillac commercial is trying to sell us on how great the U.S. is by bashing other countries.
One line says "We're the only ones going back up there", referring to going into space. They can't even get their bashing correct.
Citizens of 38 countries have flown in space, and China and Russia have current space programs.
"Lupita Nyongo’s image was recently altered in Vanity Fair magazine to lighten her skin tone. But as you can see in these photos, she’s absolutely beautiful just as she is. And she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress! "
I love that Nyongo won and that Halle Berry had won for Monsters Ball in a previous year.
But what does it say about the U.S. that Black women only win an Oscar if the role they win for was when they were playing the abused or disrespected Black woman.
Next, I want to see an Oscar awarded to a Black woman for playing a role where she's not being abused or disrespected.
And a curious double standard in U.S. culture is how the U.S. is mostly modest in terms of covering our bodies, even on the vast majority of beaches. However, these two women only won their awards after their bodies were bared on screen.
Original image is here
I found this unique image on Imgur, thanks to my friend Betsy Dornbusch. The photographer imagines what Americans eat for and how they eat breakfast and identifies a prevalent stereotype about the US among European countries. What are we saying to the world?
The original image is here:
"At this year’s Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres took a “selfie” photo with some of the many stars on hand at the ceremonies she hosted. These celebs seemed genuinely excited to take the picture with her, which says to me that people are becoming more and more comfortable and accepting of gays and lesbians. I’m very, very proud of her for her bravery and achievements as an “out” lesbian. You go girl!"
The GOP's growing chart may need an update. Perhaps a new bar at the bottom redefining rape as "pursuit of sexual freedom"?
HT to Rishona Campbell for finding this photo.
"The power of the privilege depends on the situation."
Which privileges do you think make the most difference most of the time?"
Directed by Jeffrey W. Byrd. With Roy T. Anderson, Demore Barnes, John Bayliss, James Bearden. In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates that story and how it affected all of the residents of the town, both black and white.
I'm kind of shocked there's a movie about this.
The movie poster makes me sick to my stomach.
Explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic and historical context Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends. Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. She also unmasks how undocumented people live—how they work, what social services they’re eligible for, and how being undocumented affects the lives of children and families. Undocumented turns a fresh lens onto one of today’s most pressing debates.
An off-duty cop has been cleared of charges after fatally shooting a firefighter hours after he had gotten married.
FEBRUARY 26, 2014, 3:48 PM
Lawyers for an Oklahoma man who died in police custody released cellphone video of police restraining him to the ground as his wife looks on. Luis Rodriguez was beaten to death by cops after an altercation with his daughter outside of a movie theater.
These imperialist beat a father and husband to death on his own sovereign land.
"A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned-- this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard. The #itooamharvard photo campaign is inspired by I, Too, Am Harvard, a play based on interviews with members of the black community exploring and affirming our diverse experiences as black students at Harvard College. The original play premieres on Friday March 7th, 2014 at 7 PM in Lowell Lecture Hall on the campus of Harvard College."
facebook.com/itooamharvard @iTooAmHarvard #itooamharvard
Thank you social media.
Have you heard the stories of Black Harvard students through any other media?
Experts say the situation may be difficult to change because of longstanding cultural and socio-economic factors.
― Mahatma Gandhi
Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide.
"...respond to rock throwing with live ammunition across an international border — on 22 occasions in 2012 — strikes us as excessive..."
Segment from Democracy Now aired May 13th, 2009 featuring the great Howard Zinn.
Many will not take history classes in college, or even go to college, so children need to learn as much truth about history as they can.
20% of Every year, about 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffers from some mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, statistics released Friday reveal.The data, compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), also indicate that approximately 9.3 million adults, or about 4 percent of those Americans ages 18 and up, experience “serious mental illness” – that is, their condition impedes day-to-day activities, such as going to work.
And guns are super easy to get in the U.S.
How do you like that combination?
Think about that stat for just a sec -- 20% of Americans experience mental illness every year! So of five people that you know, one is suffering, probably in silence, right now.
"On May 19, 2013, in the LaSalle County, Illinois jail, 32-year-old Dana Holmes was arrested for DUI. Caught on camera are three male officers, and one female officer, dragging Dana into a cell and holding her down while the female officer strips Dana of her pants and the male officers strip her of her upper garments, leaving Dana naked on the floor."
Reblogged on WordPress.com
This is not Snapchat, and it's not Skype. It's boots-on-the-ground video badassery.
"THE INVISIBLE WAR is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands.
Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. THE INVISIBLE WAR features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change."
90% of the news in the newspaper and on television is negative because that’s what we pay attention to.
"The U.S. government grants hundreds of visas to models every year. Although more than half don’t have high school diplomas, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of federal data, the government puts them in the same H-1B category as scientists and software engineers, who need a college degree to qualify. Fashion models only have to show immigration officials that they’re well-known in the industry."
1 in 4 fashion models immigrating to the U.S. are from Brazil.
One percent of H-1B visas go to fashion models - approximately 800 per year.
Beauty or Brains will help you get into the U.S.
In addition to the H-1B for fashion models, there is an H-1B3 Visa for Fashion Models
WATCH: Bloomberg video explains fashion model immigration law since 1990
Arizona State Representative John Kavanagh is under fire for jokes he made at a roast for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
By JESSE J. HOLLAND, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday launched his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, urging stronger efforts to create more opportunities for young minority men and to improve conditions that keep them impoverished and imprisoned in disproportionate numbers.
Obama said these young men consistently do worse in society, with odds stacked against them. "By almost every measure the group that's facing some of the most severe challenges in the 21st century in this country are boys and young men of color," Obama said, ticking off statistics on fatherhood, literacy, crime and poverty.
"We assume this is an inevitable part of American life instead of the outrage that it is," Obama said, to applause.
This is the president I elected. I love his honesty and compassion.
I hope this moves the country away from the prison industrial complex.
Now he needs to stop the drone attacks.