Category Archives: Hispanics and Latinos

100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics and Latinos

Cuba looms large in Biden Cabinet

Expect Cuba and Cuban Americans to be in the news when Joe Biden takes office as president and begins to try to get his cabinet nominees approved. If selected, Alejandro Mayorkas will be the first immigrant and first Latino to … Continue reading

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Tejanos, not Latinos, helped Trump

The presidential election post-mortem gets more and more interesting as people analyze the Texas vote. One discussion is how well Trump did among Hispanic voters, given the wall, immigration lockdowns and insults against Mexicans. Independent immigration reporter Jack Herrera offers … Continue reading

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Trump’s Latino vote still strong

The Republican Party’s continuing support from Hispanic voters still surprises pundits. Should it? Electoral College heavyweights Texas and Florida both went for Trump this week with plus-40% support from Latinos. This is not new. But people keep waiting for the … Continue reading

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What candidates don’t know about Hispanics and Latinos

Both major parties would do well to listen to Voto Latino CEO María Teresa Kumar. In interviews with Politico’s Tara Palmeri, Kumar has explained the complexity of this increasingly powerful “sleeping giant” voting bloc. Many of the misconceptions that Kumar … Continue reading

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CBS, CNN expanding race coverage

CNN this week announced it will expand and advance its coverage of race in America. In a memo to staff on Monday, CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote, “There are structural changes and investments we can and will make to better … Continue reading

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We welcome UTEP’s ‘True Border’ to the Bias Busters family

Congratulations to the University of Texas El Paso’s Zita Arocha and Dino Chiecchi, who have brought out a 100-question guide about the Borderlands world that straddles the U.S.-Mexico line. There is no way that we at Michigan State, near the … Continue reading

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Why calling Antonio Banderas a ‘person of color’ made trouble

When actor Antonio Banderas is called a person of color, it raises eyebrows on both sides of the Atlantic. The Oscar-nominated actor is Spanish and White, but his name has Americans doing all kinds of things with his identity. Technically, … Continue reading

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Rainbow Coalition examined in PBS documentary about the ’60s

The PBS Documentary “The First Rainbow Coalition,” released Jan. 27, documents the lesser-known alliance between Black people, Latinos and poor Appalachian Whites in the 1960s The documentary focuses on members of the Black Panther Party, Puerto Rican radicals, and Confederate-supporting … Continue reading

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Sorting out refugees, immigrants, border security

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced today his state would not allow refugees to resettle there this budget year. In explaining his ban, Abbott said Texas takes in 10% of the countries refugees and that 100,000 migrants were apprehended crossing the … Continue reading

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School segregation on rise 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education

UCLA’s Civil Rights Project this month reported on its examination of schools, 65 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled racial segregation in schools unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education. The study showed a rollback. The authors wrote segregation … Continue reading

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