Posts tagged "racism"

MSNBC apologizes over offensive Cinco de Mayo segment

MSNBC apologizes over offensive Cinco de Mayo segment
You may have heard that MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” program embarrassed itself with a Cinco de Mayo segment showing a guy with a sombrero downing a tequila. They invited viewers to a tequila drinking game. Really? It wasn’t funny and MSNBC apologized. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists also condemned MSNBC. Here is part of... Read more »

Hispanics can be victims and perpetrators of racism

Hispanics can be victims and perpetrators of racism
George Zimmerman and singer Marc Anthony show us that Hispanics can be both a perpetrator and a victim of racism. Half Hispanic, half white man, George Zimmerman, shot and killed young African-American teen Trayvon Martin, and walked away without a conviction. He wrongly suspected Martin was up to no good walking through the neighborhood because... Read more »

Sebastien de la Cruz, 11-year-old mariachi, rises above racism

Sebastien de la Cruz, 11-year-old mariachi, rises above racism
Before game three of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the visiting Miami Heat, an 11-year-old boy wearing a mariachi suit sang the national anthem. Sebastien de la Cruz didn’t sing it in Spanish. It wasn’t his first time in the spotlight. He has been featured on “America’s Got Talent” for his... Read more »
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March Madness: Kansas' Rodriguez taunted about green card

March Madness: Kansas' Rodriguez taunted about green card
It’s March Madness and sports fans are focused on college basketball. But racism reared its ugly head Thursday when some in the Southern Mississippi band insulted Kansas State player Angel Rodriguez. “Where’s your green card?” they chanted. It’s racist for them to assume just because he is Latino that he has or needs a green... Read more »

Comedian Katt Williams' rant about Mexicans is not funny

Comedian Katt Williams' rant about Mexicans is not funny
I never heard of Katt Williams before. Apparently he’s a comedian. But he’s not funny at all. He’s in the news for going off about Mexicans during a recent show in Phoenix, according to The Washington Post. “If you love another country more than you love America, (expletive), then get the (expletive,)” the African-American comedian... Read more »

"Illegal alien" Christmas song? Bah humbug!

Now if you thought the “illegal alien” Halloween costume was offensive (as I did) here is something that will make you toss your Christmas cookies. The conservative Web site Human Events has posted an “Illegal Alien Christmas song.” They describe their site as “Headquarters of the Conservative Underground,” but I’d say that any place to... Read more »
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It's too easy to label someone a racist

There’s a lot of name-calling going on out there. Rush Limbaugh called Sonia Sotomayor a reverse racist. Fox commentator Glenn Beck called Barack Obama a racist Some debated on Chicago Now’s “An Improvised Blog” whether John Hughes was a racist for not having more people of color in his films and for creating a stereotypical... Read more »

Why is Rick Bayless the expert on Mexican cuisine when he isn't even Mexican?

I’ve noticed Rick Bayless everywhere lately on television and in magazines. He’s considered the leading chef of Mexican cuisine in Chicago and probably the nation and the chef at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago. I tried each of his restaurants once. And the food was great, but I never went back. Something just bugged... Read more »

Pilsen mural vandalized says "Mexicans are racist."

An immigration-themed mural that Latino youth were painting was vandalized in the Pilsen neighborhood overnight. Scribbled over it were the words “lies” and “Mexicans are racist.” The mural is an extension of a past exhibit put on by the National Museum of Mexican Art called a “Declaration of Immigration.” Silvia Rivera, general manager of Radio... Read more »
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Sotomayor not the only justice shaped by personal experiences

Sonia Sotomayor’s not an irrational woman who can’t separate her ethnicity from the letter of the law as some of her critics claim. During his nomination hearing, Justice Samuel Alito spoke about how personal experiences impact one’s judgment. “When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family... Read more »