Trump has no more right to be President then to tell me and my fellow countrymen to stop speaking Spanish or for that matter any other language. So to Trump I say "No Mas." And as our late and great Civil Rights leader Cesar Chavis once proclaimed - "HUELGA."
Today, one year after the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, race riots sparked by alleged profiling, discrimination and police militarization are still making headlines in America. But in 1919, Elaine, Arkansas, was the center of the country's deadliest race riot.
Taylor Swift's video premiered to tremendous backlash with critics accusing Swift of racism and romanticizing white colonialism. Some fans argue that the depiction is true to the time period, others found the absence of people of color in a video taking place in Africa well...um, less than accurate.
Those who have and continue to experience racism in South Africa would tell you that the public protests are simply an outward and more public manifestation of what South Africa battles with: A system and culture of racism, so deeply rooted that protests alone cannot fix.
We must wake up, open our eyes and ears, avoid convenient ignorance, seek the truth, speak up, stand up, and never give up fighting for justice for all. How long?
An homage to a love triangle about white colonialists is going to present some, uh, challenges to an artist who just wants to make a three-minute music video to put on her VEVO page -- and Taylor Swift found that out the hard way. The singer debuted her vid for "Wildest Dreams" at the VMAs Sunday night, and even the most casual observer would have noticed that -- for a clip that's set in Africa -- it's about as white as a Sunday morning farmer's market.
Hillary Clinton blamed Donald Trump's rhetoric as the kind of speech that can "trigger someone who is less than stable." While she made these remarks after the Charleston shootings, they were before two Boston rednecks beat senseless an apparently homeless illegal immigrant.
There is a common conservative narrative that the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.This "fact" is used to justify a belief that a "culture of violence" is to blame for problems faced by black people in America.
A wise society looks after the well-being of its citizenry. In order for there to be a wise society, though, many or most of its citizenry also must be wise since they create the society. But the society must educate its citizens to be wise.
As a society, we need to come to grips with the way people of color are judged and punished for behavior that is seen as harmless in white people.
I wish people would educate themselves about the damages of stereotyping Latinos. We are not the same. We each have our own interests, goals, talents, and stories. We do not look the same, nor do we act the same. We deserve to be represented and treated in a better way than we are.
Somewhere down where we don't like to go, is a place where racism lives. It's automatic and hidden. Binding and resistant to change. No matter how well-meaning we are, no matter how open-minded. Like the "root kit" on a computer, racism is hidden and operating without our knowledge.
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.
Bush and Trump's refusal to apologize for this racist-baiting is reprehensible. Placing children at the center of political debate and focusing on babies as emblematic of repugnant groups is dangerous, particularly when we live in a country where we recognize children as society's future.
Asian Americans are the fastest growing group in the United States today. Their history in the U.S. is deep-rooted, and spans five centuries. But it's a history that many people don't know that much about.
Our merit has been enhanced ... with positive white biases and negative black ones. Goodness, first and foremost, starts with honesty. Getting honest about white privilege is a great place for good people to start.