Tag Archives: Hispanic

U.S. Feature | Hispanic/Latinx

L.A.’s “Brownout” in Hollywood Depictions

Despite comprising half of the population of Angelenos, Hispanics have been largely absent from the center of Hollywood narratives using the City of Angels as its backdrop. The Guardian examines the reception of the depictions that have managed to make it to the big screen, a brief history of Hispanic actors’ relationship to Hollywood, and the tales of bigotry encountered in an industry whose whitewashed screens have often drained the nation’s most vibrant and multicultural cities of color and complexity, further distancing those at the margins from the idea of “Americanness.”

Hollywood’s hidden Hispanics: why LA’s Latinos are invisible on screen” (The Guardian)

ClimateWatch: U.S.

The U.S. in the Era of Trump

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The conclusion of an election that saw an historic clash over the values of diversity, inclusion, and the meaning of “America” has brought with it a surge in uncertainty for minority and other historically disadvantaged communities in the U.S. The damage was extensive: the nearly year and a half of campaigning saw ethnic and religious minorities disparaged, immigrants targeted, women (including his opponent) subjected to misogynistic abuse, the mainstream press caught in the crosshairs of an anti-media campaign, and rhetorical and symbolic resonances in speeches and advertising that drew white supremacists and other far-right extremists out of the woodwork.

In what ways has Trump’s election reshaped the social and political climate for vulnerable American populations, including women, Latinos, black people, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities? How is the post-election retreat from data showing racial resentment as the highest predictor of Trump support endangering reality-based solutions for vulnerable communities, politicians, and analysts? And how has his rise to power connected to and amplified similar right-wing, ethno-nationalist politics globally?

Whether and how American conservatives and the Republican Party—now set to hold power in all three branches of government—are able to manage a resurgent coalition of ethno-nationalist voters as well as the capacity for progressive and Democratic activists to create social, political, and legal structures to protect vulnerable communities will determine what life in Trump’s America will look like for the at-risk. This ClimateWatch rounds up a number of key news items, analyses, and commentaries providing insight on what has happened and what could be on the horizon. Continue reading ClimateWatch: U.S.

U.S. News | Hispanic/Latino

Latino immigrants flock to naturalization campaigns across the U.S. ahead of November elections
  • Naturalization applications increased by 14.5% between June and December 2015 over the same period in 2014, with some analysts attributing part of the influx to the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican presidential candidates.
  • Of the 8.8 million authorized residents eligible for naturalization, an estimated 3.9 to 4.5 million are Latino, but hefty costs deter many from gaining citizenship.
  • Mexican immigrants in particular are under-naturalized, with only 36% of eligible immigrants having become citizens, leading to drives in states like Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada to promote naturalization among the remaining 2.7 million.

Read more:
Latinos line up to get naturalized and stop Trump” (CNN)
More Latinos Seek Citizenship to Vote Against Trump” (The New York Times)
In Citizenship Drives, Latinos Sign Up to Vote Against Trump” (Vibe)

(Image Credit: Theo Stroomer/The New York Times)

U.S. News | Latinos

Latinos turn out in record numbers for Iowa caucuses
  • An estimated 10,500 Latinos turned out to Monday’s caucuses, more than 10 times the number in 2012 and quadruple that of 2008, and comprised 4% of Democratic caucus attendees and 2% of Republican attendees.
  • The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) undertook a $300,000 nonpartisan effort to get at least 10,000 of the 50,000 registered Latino voters to attend caucuses throughout the state.
  • On the Republican side, two candidates with Cuban heritage (Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio) won first and third place, respectively, in a first for Latino presidential candidates.

Read more:
The Effort To Turn Out Latino Voters In Iowa Worked” (BuzzFeed News)
Latino Turnout in Iowa Demands Attention From Campaigns, Experts Say” (NBC News)
GOP: Iowa Caucus Is a Big Win for Latino Candidates” (Latin Post)

(Image Credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images, via Latin Post)

Norway Feature | American Immigrants of Color

The Americans of Norway

With its strong social safety net and reputation for friendliness, Norway has had a lot to offer Americans of color who, because of work or relationships, have made a home in the Scandanavian country. Although Norway has had a long history of ethnic homogeneity, contemporary immigrants have begun to carve out a place for themselves as Norway joins the rest of Europe in diversifying. The Root shares the stories of a few American immigrants, who discuss racism, quality of life, and American privilege above the 57th parallel.

Read more:
For Americans of Color, Is Norway a Racism-Free Utopia?” (The Root)

(Image Credit: Dayvee Sutton/The Root)

U.S. Feature | Latinos

Latinos in the Big Easy

Image Credit: Casa Borrega, via NBC News
Image Credit: Casa Borrega, via NBC News

In the fallout of Hurricane Katrina a decade ago, Latinos of diverse nationalities poured into New Orleans to assist in the reconstruction of the city. The Latino bloom has been met with polar responses, from harassment and discrimination to exploding entrepreneurial opportunities and cultural flourishing. NBC News examines the new Latino presence in the post-Katrina Big Easy.

Read the full feature at NBC News.

U.S. News & Feature | Nonbelievers of Color

Arian Foster: Freethinking in the NFL

Image Credit: Josh Goleman/ESPN
Image Credit: Josh Goleman/ESPN

NFL running back Arian Foster, currently playing for the Houston Texans, has come out as a freethinker and nonbeliever, one of very few professional players to have ever professed nonbelief. With little to no separation between church and field in the NFL, Foster sits down with ESPN to share his experiences being out to teammates, the evolution of his belief, and the ubiquity of Christianity in football.

Read the full profile at ESPN.

U.S. News | Latinos

Latino students outpace white counterparts in admissions for second year in a row in the University of California system
  • This year, 30% of the 92,324 students admitted into the nine-school system were Latino, while 25% were white, 36% were Asian, and 4% were black.
  • Latino students comprise over 50% of K-12 public school students in California.
  • The Irvine, Merced, and Riverside campuses–already the schools with the highest Latino enrollment–added more Latino students this year, while enrollment fell across other campuses.

“As a majority-minority state, where one in two children under the age of 18 is Latino, we simply cannot meet our economic or workforce needs without ensuring significantly more Latino and black students are admitted to the UC, including flagship institutions like UCLA and UC Berkeley.”

Read the full story at Fox News Latino.

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U.S. Research | Hispanics/Latinos

U.S. Hispanic population grows by 1.2 million over one-year period
  • According to figures recently released by the Census Bureau, Hispanics now number 55.4 million, with the greatest growth in the states that have been the traditional homes of most U.S. Hispanics: California, Texas, and Florida.
  • Non-white majority states and federal districts are California, New Mexico, Texas, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C., with New Mexico containing the highest proportion of Hispanics at 47.7%.
  • The total U.S. population grew 2.5 million over the same period to 318.9 million.

Read the full story at the Latin American Herald Tribune.

Juan Felipe Herrera named U.S. poet laureate, the first Latino in history to receive the honor
  • Herrera’s family immigrated to California from Mexico in the early 20th century, becoming migrant farm laborers.
  • He went on to study at UCLA and Stanford before taking up roles as a writer and educator in a variety of contexts throughout California, and he hopes to continue the work of broadening poetry’s audience as national poet laureate.
  • His work includes poetry, novels in verse, and children’s books, and his success earned him the honor of being appointed California’s first Latino poet laureate prior to his national appointment.

“This is a mega-honor for me … for my family and my parents who came up north before and after the Mexican Revolution of 1910 — the honor is bigger than me.”

More on this story at NPR.

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Ethnic minority youth in the U.S. face high levels of disconnection from school and work, according to new report
  • The Measure of America study finds that while youth disconnection rates have fallen in the post-recession period, African-American and Native American youth lead disconnection rates at 21.6% and 20.3%, respectively, with Latinos following at 16.3%; levels are lowest among Asian Americans (7.9%) and whites (11.3%).
  • Disconnection often occurs among youth in struggling families who lack the resources or connection to resources that provide educational and economic opportunity.
  • Residential segregation exacerbates disconnection likelihood as minority-concentrated neighborhoods often see divestment in services and resources, including schools.

“This time of life is hugely important to what kind of life you live as an adult. … Disconnection really stunts your development and leads to a future of limited horizons and unrealized potential, and that has a very high cost on the individual and on society.”

More on this story at NBC News.

Guardian investigation finds nearly two-thirds of unarmed individuals killed by police or in police custody in 2015 have been minorities.
  • The Counted, The Guardian‘s new interactive database tracking police killings in the U.S., reports that almost 1 in 3 black people killed by police were unarmed, while 1 in 4 Hispanics/Latinos were.
  • The database details a state-by-state breakdown of total and per-capita, gender, race/ethnicity, armed status, and by-cause fatality numbers, as well as a searchable list of those killed.
  • Advocates for police reform laud the investigation as a step towards awareness-building and accountability.

“The public need to know what is happening and be made more informed. With them being more informed they would be able to react differently, in a positive way, to make changes, to make sure some of these things don’t happen again.”

More on this story at The Guardian.

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Despite its Hispanic-rich population, Escondido, California, sees a flurry of anti-immigrant legislation and sentiment within its city limits. More from BuzzFeed.