Sunday, December 8, 2019

Guest Blogger: Vanessa Cardenas “Why Affirmative Action is Still Important to Latinos”

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the US.  By 2043, they are expected to double in size, yet they lag significantly behind in educational attainment.  By 2018, 45 percent of jobs will require an associate’s degree or higher; however only 26 and 14 percent of U.S.-born Latinos and Latino immigrants have that […]

Guest Blogger: Robert Valencia “A Silver Lining in the Juvenile Justice System”

The string of shootings in Newtown, Aurora, and Oak Creek last year would make some reconsider establishing ‘stop-and-frisk’ policies in several violence-ridden U.S. cities. Most recently, an article by The Chicago Tribune’s Stephanie D. Neely on March 1, claimed that stop-and-frisk policies are needed in an attempt to curb gun violence in Chicago. According to […]

Supreme Court Hears Case for Voting Rights Act Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week involving the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Section 5 of the Act is being challenged by Shelby County, Alabama, saying that the provision was necessary in 1695 when there was voter suppression to African Americans, but that discrimination is “non-existent today.” Supporters of the protection of the Voting […]

Comentarios from Maria: “Cuts will Turn Off Voters GOP is Courting”

Earlier this month, the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, rolled out to much fanfare a new “branding effort” for the Republican Party, focused on broadening its appeal and helping the middle class. It seemed hopeful at the time. Sadly, today it is laughable. We are days away from severe forced spending cuts that will do […]

Latino Students Use Mobile Devices for Homework More than Other Groups

A new national survey conducted by TRU is reporting that Latino students are the biggest users of mobile devices for homework compared to other racial and ethnic groups. The survey polled 1,000 6th-8th grade students and found that 68% of Latino students use laptops for homework, compared to 64% of African-American students and 62% of […]

Latinos Still at Higher Risk of Diabetes than Other Groups

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and statistics reveal that Latinos develop diabetes 1.5 times greater than White Americans, making Latinos one of the top racial and ethnic groups at higher disk of diabetes. Many researchers believe that Latino Americans run a higher risk of having diabetes due to inherited genes from ancestors. In addition, poverty, […]

FCC Data Reveals Low Number of Latino Media Ownership

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report last week which shows that Latino-owned media outlets are low in numbers, with Latinos owning only 2.9% of full power commercial television stations. “I commend the FCC for releasing this data, but it is a day late and a dollar short. The data alone does not account […]

Mitt Romney Offers Negative Remarks on Blacks, Latinos, and Young Voters

In the aftermath of presidential campaigns, it’s rare that you give much thought to the legacy or character of the losing candidate. Usually losing candidates disappear into the shadows of political footnotes. Sometimes, the world even comes to appreciate those candidates in the way we never anticipated. Al Gore, for instance, withdrew from a race […]

Anti-Immigration Ad Attempts to Divide African-American and Latino Communities

An ad aired during the presidential debate is being criticized for its approach, showing an African-American actor highlighting black unemployment and focusing on anti-immigration remarks. With 31% of all new immigrants as of 2010 being of Latino descent, the anti-immigrant remarks in the NumbersUSA ad are seen as an attempt to fracture the relationship between […]

Texas Affirmative Action Case Revisited by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is starting to question the affirmative action case dealing with a student who believes she was denied from the University of Texas because she is white. The court recently heard arguments from the defense of Abigail Fisher, the student who claims she was not offered a spot in the university in 2008 […]