This is the month when Latinos are officially celebrated for everything we have achieved and contributed to this country. Yet the celebration of Latino Heritage Month is bittersweet, because we remain the most underrepresented group in politics and government leadership.
It's time to claim our birthright as second gens, and to acknowledge our parents as first-generation pioneers. Anything less makes us perpetual outsiders, the "other" who never belongs.
Now as the dust has settled after an unforgettable visit from Pope Francis, we are left to face an emotional Speaker of the House exiting a tumultuous Republican Party in Congress and the growing threat of a stubbornly ultra-right agenda.
Perhaps the media is misconstruing the true pulse of the Latinos when it discusses the possibility of Latinos being turned off by the Republican Party because of Trump rather than being turned off because the party has a long history of anti-Latino politics and policies.
I have never felt that my ethnic background was a hindrance to my education. Speaking languages other than English should be seen as an asset in this country, not a threat, an insult, a hindrance or something to be made shameful. It should be celebrated.
There's a reason why racism and discrimination is called systemic. It means it happens everywhere with everything. So yes, I have an issue with injustice everywhere. Not just the injustice that I think affects me.
Congress is back in session and one of the first orders of business is the reauthorization of ESEA. Up for debate will be how to bring two conflicting visions for education into one bill that can pass congressional muster and be signed into law.
I never thought I'd say these words: Republicans, listen to Reagan--on immigration. As the Republican candidates for president prepare to face off in their next debate at the Ronald Reagan Library in California, they'll be tripping over themselves to prove that they are the new Reagan.
President Trump? Sounds like a nightmare. Millions of undocumented immigrants will be forcibly deported, tearing apart families and causing untold pain and suffering.
It's time for us brown people to step up. Let's begin reclaiming our history and our movement, and stand with others also fighting for liberation. We don't need a savior to come rescue us; we need to claim that which is rightfully ours - our history, our culture, our right to self-identify, and our united voice.
I was disgusted -- but not surprised -- when Donald Trump kicked Jorge Ramos out of a press conference, telling him to "go back to Univision." It's important that we speak out against his abhorrent rhetoric and tactics. But we can't let Donald Trump distract us.
There is solace in the fact that Trump's presidential campaign is a circus act with sideshows such as Ann Coulter. We all have laughed at some of his absurd statements, but the joke is slowly starting to turn on us.
As we take time as a country to reflect upon the issues that led up to the impetus for a March on Washington in 1963, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the statistical data I would share with Dr. King if he were still alive today.
"No more anchor babies!" "We'll make the illegals build the wall!" "Repeal the 14th Amendment!" Whatever leads us to our next president, I fear there will be nothing inspirational, sublime, or hopeful about it. The hateful hounds are already loose, and they are very, very loud.
Every year, thousands flock to the Coachella Valley for its iconic Music and Arts Festival. Just a short twelve-minute drive southeast of the festival location lies a different Coachella -- one not nearly as glamorous. It's actually quite the opposite: filthy, decaying and in need of your help.
Latinos have made many more contributions in literature, journalism, military, business and finance, arts and entertainment, as well as politics. Despite this it seems the narrative, especially for those in a position to command the attention of a wide audience, is to relegate Latinos to nothing more than criminals and toilet cleaners.