America and Race, Gentrification and Suburban Poverty, Globalization, Hemispheric Identity, Latinos and Race, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Republican Party politics, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

Republican Plan to Address PR Debt Crisis Is a Disaster

Okay let’s get this straight. Last week Obama free-styled on the White House lawn, apparently said he had the Oscar López Rivera matter “on his desk,” then took off for Havana, where he watched a baseball game and then on to Argentina to throw down with some tango dancers. Prominent members of the Puerto Rican/diaspora […]

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America and Race, Globalization, Hemispheric Identity, Latinos and Race, New York City Politics, New York Mayoral Politics, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

A Look Back on 2015

2015 was not an easy year to get through in many ways. A lot of troubling signs have appeared on the landscape: Continuing injustice toward people of color in the form of extra-judicial police killings of unarmed civilians, increasing wealth inequality, the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, the continued threat of gentrification, out of control gun […]

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America and Race, Latinos and Race, Latinos in Media, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, US Intervention in Latin America

Red Hot Chili Peppers Are Us

The Economist’s cover image for its current issue, “Firing Up America: A Special Report on America’s Latinos” has already stirred up some controversy, for obvious reasons. It’s another form of the horrendous stereotyping that affects not only Latin@s but any other non-majority group. It’s a fancy reductio ad absurdum: Latin@s are essentially red hot chili […]

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