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Ethnic Studies

Rethinking Cinco de Mayo

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

This holiday has been commercialized by the food and liquor industry, and in the United States, Cinco de Mayo (similar to St. Patrick's Day) has become an excuse to imbibe spirits and help Corona and Dos Equis beer companies improve their market share. We need more contemporary and complex portrayals of cultures.

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Texas Declares May 1 'Mexican-American Studies Day'

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 05.07.2015 | Latino Voices

The Texas Legislature passed a resolution Friday morning declaring May 1, 2015, Mexican-American Studies Day. The move marks a symbolic victory for ed...

Ethnic Studies Background Increases Job Marketability

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 04.08.2015 | College
Ingrid Vasquez

You pitch yourself every day. Whether it be to a friend or a client, a job or a new business venture, pitching is a daily process of life that involves knowing people, knowing about people, and knowing how to communicate with people.

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

Are Dreams More Important to African Americans

Kristal Brent Zook | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kristal Brent Zook

Not only are African Americans more likely to believe in the power of dreams but according to dream research and author Tony Shafton, more than 90 percent of African Americans surveyed believed that dreams had the ability to predict the future.

The Race to MAS: Mexican American Studies for 100 TX School Districts

Tony_Diaz | Posted 04.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Students from Mission High School, Mission, Texas. Photo used with permission. _________________________________________ ". . . it seems to me to st...

Flourishing Aboriginal Art

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Recently I traveled up through the Northern Territory near Darwin to a prime site for rock paintings in and around Kakadu National Park. While my visits to expressive rock carvings and paintings were fascinating, I was most interested in seeing the art that is being produced in recent times.

Speak English!

Monica Trasandes | Posted 04.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Monica Trasandes

We should speak English in this country--of course. And well. And we should also speak Spanish. We should know about American history and Latino history and about the history of racism. Because we have a multicultural society.

Arizona Tried To Keep KRS-One Out Of Classrooms, So He Went There Himself

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.30.2015 | Latino Voices

Arizona education officials may say it’s illegal to teach his writing, but KRS-One isn’t backing away. The hip host artist offered a three-hou...

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Scholars To Fox News: Writing About White People Doesn't Make You Racist

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 01.28.2015 | Latino Voices

A Fox News host raised alarm bells Friday over a university course that studies whiteness, saying that the titles of the books used in the class make ...

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California Bill Would Require High Schools To Offer Ethnic Studies

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 02.05.2015 | Latino Voices

Conservatives hoping to shut down Mexican-American studies in Arizona are inadvertently helping spread ethnic studies curricula across the country. ...

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Teachers Of Banned Mexican-American Classes Push To Expand Ethnic Studies

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 01.12.2015 | Latino Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Teachers of a controversial Mexican-American studies program outlawed by the Arizona legislature are pressing to spread similar progr...

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Mayra Arce even resembles Esperanza, the protagonist in The House on Mango Street, one of the 80-plus books that were part of the Tucson Unified School District's K-12 Mexican-American studies curriculum before the program was dismantled under Arizona House Bill 2281. But Maya isn't the main character of a book. She's the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against Arizona.

Another Big Win For Ethnic Studies

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.12.2014 | Latino Voices

The San Francisco school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all of the city’s 19 public high schools to offer ethnic studies courses. ...

"Did Somebody Say 'Mulatto'?" Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

As the number of people who identify as "mixed" increases, discussions around topics concerning people of mixed ancestry are also expanding and challenging our perceptions of race and racism. Critical mixed-race studies and films like Dear White People accomplish the goal of furthering dialogues around race that we can engage in with friends, family, and those in our communities.

Do Republicans Hate Latinos?

Tony_Diaz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Will the GOP stand on the sidelines as Falcon9 and other Arizona Republicans waste millions more in taxpayer money and gut the educational system, all the while offending, alienating and oppressing the largest growing segment of voters in the nation?

Professor Arrested for Assault on Police, But Video May Tell Different Story

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 08.30.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

At the time Professor Ore insisted that there was much more that happened that evening, but her story was not taken seriously and certainly it appeared nowhere on the news.

The Jury's in: Texas Wants MAS, Mexican American Studies is Act II of the Civil Rights Act

Tony_Diaz | Posted 06.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Only institutionalized racism can explain how 50 years after The Civil Rights act was signed, Texas Hispanic youth do not have equal access to culturally relevant courses.

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California Bill Would Pave The Way For Ethnic Studies Statewide

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 03.03.2014 | Latino Voices

A bill introduced last month by California Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) would require the state's Department of Education to develop a model for...

An Open Letter to Gov. Jan Brewer on a Proposed Anti-Gay Law

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.24.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To be quite frank, I can't see how two women purchasing a sweet wedding cake or two men sharing a romantic meal in a nice restaurant could offend God, for if God exists, what would be most offensive is using God's name to justify oppression.

12 Years a Slave and the Questioning of Race

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
American Anthropological Association

Here, anthropology reminds us that there is no biological basis for racial distinction but we understand that race and racism continue to exert an enduring and powerful force on outcomes for historically racialized minorities.

Ted Cruz Shut Down the Government, But We Won't Let the Tea Party Shut Down Mexican American Studies

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

The far right can't erase our history. It can only push us to read our banned books in our underground libraries. We know our cause is fair and just. We know we are right, and we will win.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Blue Grass Librotraficantes Use Border Crossing Art to Spread the Chican@ Renaissance to Louisville, Kentucky. Yes, Kentucky!

Tony_Diaz | Posted 08.18.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

You don't have to be Mexican American to enjoy this Renaissance. And you don't have to be a book either. You can also be a quilt.