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Latino/a history



  • Where Did the Term “Hispanic” Come From?

    The designation "Hispanic" came about through the desire of Mexican American civil rights organizations to gather authoritative data about the status of the group in society. The political work engaged Puerto Rican, Cuban American, and other allies, bringing distinct ethnic groups under a common identifier. 



  • How Latinos Can Win the Culture War

    by Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Mónica Ramírez

    Latino/a Americans can secure their place in America against racist and nativist attacks by demanding representation in the news and entertainment media. The media have been important sources of power in the past, but are still not representative of American demographics. 


  • Trump Can Use MS-13 as a Prop Because the US Won't Acknowledge a Role in Creating It

    by Roberto Lovato

    Roberto Lovato's new book "Unforgetting: " examines how policing in the United States, including a combined crackdown on immigration and gang activity led by William Barr after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, helped create MS-13 as a transnational criminal gang and a political symbol of fear to be exploited in election years.