Category Archives: Racism

The Trojan Horse: How it Destroys Chicana/Studies

I rarely overreact to the university administration’s movidas chuecas (shady deals); I expect them. But the UNAM (The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) deal shook. Like a Trojan Horse virus it is insidious. It gives the illusion of being innocuous; … Continue reading

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Which Side Are You on?: History Absolves the Losers?

People keep asking me whether I feel bad about Eric Garcetti’s trip to Mexico City and his apparent support of CSUN President Dianne Harrison in signing the UNAM accord. I am disappointed with him, but I am more upset with some of … Continue reading

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The Silencing of the Lambs: The Hispanic Generation

“Silence of the Lambs” is from the Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel that was made into a movie three years later starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. It is about the imprisoned cannibalistic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. I suspect the title was first … Continue reading

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The University A Bastion of White Supremacy

Chicana/o and ethnic studies department at California State University at Los Angeles is under siege. Led by the administrations and faculty bodies at these institutions, the goal is to cut access of the ethnic studies programs to general education. GE … Continue reading

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Obamacare: Greed and Health Care Gap

In the John Grisham’s  1995 novel The Rainmaker, Rudy Baylor, a graduate from Memphis State Law School, is about to take the bar. While waiting for the bar results, he becomes an ambulance chaser. One of his clients is a poor family, Dot and … Continue reading

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El Baruyo: Context in Understanding History Unforgettable Characters

Context is everything in understanding what happened in the past. “Historical context refers to the moods, attitudes, and conditions that existed in a certain time. Context is the ‘setting’ for an event that occurs, and it will have an impact on … Continue reading

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Back to Bachimba: Why History Makes Us Important

History has been important to me for as long as I can remember. As a child I loved hearing my relatives tell stories about the past. However, it was not until I was older that I realized that the stories … Continue reading

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The Word Neo is not New: The Age of the Billionaires

Every day I realize more how little we have progressed since the nineteenth century in terms of ideas. Our technological advances dwarf our ability to conceptualize new paradigms. It is as if we are trapped in a twilight zone. Take, for … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Are Non-Existent In My Barrio

A young man was shot three times in the back, in my neighborhood. There were people near him as he laid face down on the dirt street; by the time the police arrived they stood around, and a person told … Continue reading

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Los Pochos y Los Vendidos: “Viví en el monstruo y le conozco las entrañas”

When I sat down to conceptualize Chicana/o Studies, I was forced to distinguish it from Mexican Studies. If I had not done so, I would have never gotten it through the committees. I also had to differentiate CHS from race … Continue reading

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Corazón del Cielo, Corazón de la Tierra – Documental Completo

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Response to Harry: “Numbers Lie and Liars Figure”

I would first like to thank Harry for his rebuttal of sorts, but again he is not seeing the point. He responds that “I certainly think that the department faculty should be consulted closely on like matters because of their … Continue reading

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The Delusion that You Are Going to Win: “Educating Harry” About the Little Brown Brothers

A couple of years before her death Alice (Greenfield) McGrath, the executive secretary of the Sleepy Lagoon Committee that appealed the conviction of the Sleepy Lagoon defendants in 1942, was asked if when she got involved if she thought that … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Words: Privatization, Marketization, Globalization “Greed is Good”

People keep telling me about the need for an ideology as if it alone will correct the imperfections of society. But what they don’t understand is that disparate ideologies often confuse the problem of communications. The lowest common denominator in … Continue reading

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21st Century Outlawing of Ethnic Studies: “For the sake of American Democracy”

The current assault on Ethnic Studies has been justified by its critics who point to much needed cutbacks in higher education. It sounds reasonable to the average U.S. citizen in light of today’s economic situation. After all, don’t Americans feel … Continue reading

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Is CSUN Racist?: Harry Hellenbrand In Denial

In a recent exchange with Provost Harry Hellenbrand, he made the most amazing statement: he was offended by my assertions that California State University Northridge is a racist institution. Like they say on Facebook, I almost lol (laughed out loud). … Continue reading

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The Great American Chastity Belt: The Obsession to Control Our Minds

The chastity belt is symbolic of how society controls minorities and the poor; it extends to higher education where the chastity belt controls the memory of students.  It is a metaphor for society’s obsession to control everything from the vagina to … Continue reading

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Never Trust a Gringo Who Calls you Amigo: De-constructing Harry

As administrators go Provost Harry Hellenbrand (Harry.Hellenbrand@csun.edu) is not a bad guy. He seduces you because he is intelligent and is outwardly liberal. Harry understands the social issues, although, when it comes to the university, he seems to think that … Continue reading

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¡Tierra y Libertad! Articles 27 and 28 of the Mexican Constitution: Does History Matter?

El grito ¡Tierra y Libertad! (Land and liberty), attributed to Emiliano Zapata, was in reality popularized  by Ricardo Flores Magón whose prints are all over Zapata’s Plan de Ayala. Flores Magón wrote an article titled, ”Tierra y libertad”. Otilio Montaño Sánchez, a local school teacher, introduced … Continue reading

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Los Muertos de Hambre: The War on Chicana/o Studies Unmasking the Illusion of Inclusion

Muertos de hambre is a derogatory phrase often used by Mexicans to refer to people who are predators, i.e., human vultures, vendidos. They are so starved for attention or recognition that they pounce on scraps of garbage discarded by their colonial … Continue reading

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