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Hispanic Heritage Month must recognize our struggles, not just our culture

G. Cristina Mora, Associate professor of sociology | September 29, 2020

Too often our celebrations focus on how Latinos have broken into the mainstream or amount to routine communications with “fast facts” on different Latin American countries. But this is not the type of heritage celebration we need right now, not at a moment when Latinos are suffering disproportionately from COVID-19, police brutality, unjust sterilization practices at the border, pandemic-related unemployment and nearly every other major social ill facing the nation.

Obama: Do the Right Thing

Lisa García Bedolla, chancellor's professor, education and political science, and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies | November 19, 2014

Providing administrative relief for at least six million of the unauthorized immigrants currently in the United States is the right thing for President Obama to do for the country and, most importantly, for the hard-working human beings who have been used as pawns in the immigration debate for far too long. U.S. history is replete … Continue reading »

Where did ‘Hispanics’ come from?

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | March 24, 2014

Oldsters may well wonder where the term “Hispanic,” and for that matter, “Latino,” came from. The press and pundits are all abuzz about the Hispanic vote, Hispanic organizations, and Hispanic cultural influences. Back in the mid-twentieth century, however, they wrote about Mexicans or Puerto Ricans or Guatemalans, not about Hispanics. Of course, people of Latin … Continue reading »