Monthly Archives: May 2013

Context: The Meaning of What We Say as Victim of Political Correctness!

A non-tenured, African American Spanish language teacher in the New York Public Schools wasfiredfor using the word ‘negro’ in a class she was teaching. It seems that her students believed that she was using the term to denigrate them. The term once being used by Caucasians to describe African American individuals. It didn’t matter, to […]

The Curious Case of the IRS v. Tio Taco

The current developing scandal out of the Cincinnati office of the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) in which right-wing groups, including several conservative Latino ones, were stripped down to their financial and organizational skivvies by zealous bureaucrats of the IRS brings to mind a similar attempt to use the governmental agency to go after ‘enemies’ of the […]

Language Accomodation on the Job: When is Enough, Enough?

A dozen Spanish-speaking custodial workersat the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver have filed formal grievances with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC) against their employer claiming that the school is practicing national origin discrimination because their employer has failed to communicate with them in their native language resulting in unfair working conditions. Workers who first […]

The LIBRE Initiative: Hope for Economic Prosperity?!

The publishing last month by the Urban Institute of its latest report, Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Distributionand an email sent out by Daniel Garza, Jr. of the LIBRE Initiative welcoming the report and its conclusions. This prompted me to go and look on the Being Latino! website to see what it had […]

Final Decision on Deferred Action Lawsuit Deferred

The Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals which was announced by the Department of Homeland Security in June 2012 will probably not survive its first year of existence.   US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruledon April 23rdin the US Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas in a lawsuit brought by […]

EQUALITY: DOES IT MEAN OPPORTUNITY OR OUTCOME?

An item posted on Facebook caused me to take a step back and think about a question, two questions actually, which has been in the back of my mind for a long time: the classic Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s, 1960s and into the 1970s was concerned with creating equal opportunity for all Americans […]