Check out this post by Dr. Silvia Mazzula, professor of psychology at John Jay College, explaining how Latina/os experience microaggressions, a form of subtle, everyday racism that wears us down psychologically. As she explains,
If you are Latina or Latino, you may have heard comments such as, “Wow, you speak so well… You are not like them… You are really smart… OR You are different and they will really like you.” You might even be asked repeatedly where you are from if your first answer is a city or state in the U.S.
The take away messages from these simple statements are clear for many of us who study microaggressions and racism: You are not acting like those Latinas/os who don’t quite behave like the “norm” – which essentially is referring to White Anglo-American. After experiencing a microaggression, you might wonder, “Were they giving me a compliment or telling me that people from my culture are less than” or “Were they really curious about where I live or were they telling me that I don’t belong – that I’m not American?”
Read the full article at this link, which includes some suggestions for how to identify and combat microaggressions.
Brazil was the last place in the Americas to abolish slavery — it didn’t happen until 1888 — and that meant that the final years of the practice were photographed.
This has given Brazil what may be the world’s largest archive of photography of slavery, and a new exhibition in Sao Paulo is offering some new insights into the country’s brutal past.
Check out more at NPR, where you can either read or listen to the full story.
The University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), following in the footsteps of UCLA, has banned the use of the term “illegal immigrant” deeming it a racist, derogatory term.
The school’s student government in a unanimous vote passed a resolution stating the term is racially charged and dehumanizes people thereby contributing to “punitive and discriminatory actions aimed primarily at immigrants and communities of color.”
The news organization Associated Press banned the use of the term earlier this year.
Mattel has released two collectable Barbies fashioned in JLo’s likeness. The only problem? People are commenting on the Barbie version’s lack of curves.
But company Mattel … says the doll was made from a new design meant to emulate Lopez’s hips, thighs and derriere; not the traditional mold used to create the traditional Barbie doll, whomcritics have slammedfor its unrealistic proportions.
“We created a specialty sculpt that has more enhanced curves,” Robert Best, Barbie director of design toldYahoo Shine.
Yet, it seems like the public isn’t buying it. Check out the full story at NBC Latino.
Coachella Valley High School’s mascot, “the Arab,” is rightfully coming under fire from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. And though one freshman says, ‘“It’s pure pride, you know? My parents, my grandparents, they’ve been Arabs, and I don’t see nothing wrong with it! It’s just to show us that we’re strong. We’re strong Arabs, you know?”
But here’s the thing; they’re not Arabs. Or even Arab-Americans. The student body of Coachella Valley Unified School District — and most of the entire region — is 99 percent Latino.
Listen to the story by clicking on the link above, or by reading the transcript at NPR.
From the LA Times:
While Latinos make up 38% of California’s population, they trail all other ethnic groups in completing college, according to a report released recently by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group.
About 11% of Latinos age 25 or older have earned bachelor’s degrees, compared with 30% of all Californians, 39% of whites in the state, 23% of African Americans and 48% of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders … .
Educational achievement among Latinos shows some promise: Between 1990 and 2011, the number of those ages 25 to 34 who earned high school diplomas increased 23%. But the number earning bachelor’s degrees increased only 5%.
For more info, check out the full article here.
The Black Bruins is a video decrying the fact that UCLA’s freshman class has fewer than 50 black males. Moreover, the institution graduation rate for those students is only 74% (lowest amongst high-ranking institutions). Click here for more information and a petition to challenge UCLA to improve its diversity.
From the Daily Mail:
Britain is being sued with France and the Netherlands by 14 Caribbean countries demanding what could be hundreds of billions of pounds in reparations for slavery.
Around 175 years after Britain freed its last slaves in the West Indies, an alliance of Caribbean nations is demanding to be repaid for the ‘awful’, lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.
Caricom, a group of 12 former British colonies together with the former French colony Haiti and the Dutch-held Suriname, believes the European governments should pay – and the UK in particular.
How will these European countries confront the legacy of slavery> Stay tuned to find out. In the meantime, check out the full story and more images here.
"Americans and Mexicans playing volleyball over the border in Arizona."
Check out this great new resource: “Latinoteca: The World of Latino Culture and Arts”:
This is your portal to written, sound and visual information about the history and cultural development of Hispanics in the United States. Free, downloadable texts, sound recordings, videos and materials are yours at the touch of your keyboard.
Looks like a good place to begin a research project or to search for interesting teaching materials.
Gloria Anzaldua (1941-2004), renown Chicana feminist and queer scholar and theorist, would have been 71 today. Her work continues to inspire us all. Never read Anzaldua? You can learn more about her life and writings here, and celebrate her birthday with other great quotes here.