When I interviewed them last summer, Betty Peña and her daughter Eliza came to meet me with some avocados they brought from Caguas, where they live. They were shiny and ripe in the basket, a gift for the office full of people that were advocating for them. Betty is a schoolteacher and a member of […]Read more "What Is To Be Done?"
Huffington Post Latino Voices Still Medicore Okay, maybe it’s not fair to trash the whole Huffington Post Latino Voices “channel” or whatever it is, but this “opinion” piece or whatever it is, might in some ways be worse than the sight of Amaury Nolasco in a dress. I will refrain from calling this an example […]Read more "S**t People Say About Puerto Rico"
José Martí, claimed by both sides in the Havana-Miami civil war, once wrote an essay called “The Truth About the United States,” which is of course a loaded phrase, kind of scary to contemplate, but why not start with the above, which is a picture of a 1949 incident in Old Havana’s Parque Central in […]Read more "Martí and the Ugly Truth"
“Life would be much simpler if people who are subjected to persistent marginalization and disparagement weren’t so “sensitive” and just took their insults and degradation, or pretended they weren’t really about them. Persistently marginalized and disparaged people should not speak up because they are to blame for their own problems. Identifying with marginalized victimhood prevents […]Read more "Work It: The Reactionary Backlash"
The new ABC sitcom “Work It” has caused instant outrage in the Nuyorican community, mainly over the following line, delivered by an island-born Puerto Rican, Amaury Nolasco, about his skill set for a job at a pharmaceutical company: “I’m Puerto Rican — I’d be great at selling drugs.” This is of course incredibly offensive and […]Read more "Top 10 Offensive Things About “Work It”"
When we last left you, there was some weird episode involving J-Lo and a Fiat, and then there was the Fox News Gingrich candidacy, which kind of suckered me in but now it seems as if it might have been just another Murdoch-Ailes distraction from who knows what, some Hugh Grant voicemail. Of course, it […]Read more "Imagine There’s No There There"