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I remember the first time I thought I might not be White.

I was about 8 years old, in my elementary school’s cafeteria. We had been learning about heritage in class that day, and everyone in my Michigan hometown, it seemed, had ancestors who came from Denmark or Holland. They were all blonde-haired and blue-eyed. I remember a classmate turned around and looked at me and said, “What are you?” “I’m a kid,” I answered, confused. “Just like you.”

“No,” was the reply. “I mean, what are you? Are you Italian? Indian?”

I was confused. “I’m an American,” I said, proudly. I knew my mom’s family went back in this country a long time, and had fought in the Revolutionary War. Why would I be Italian?

As I grew older, I became hyper-aware of my dark hair and dark eyes. Everyone in town—and in my family, it seemed—was tall, blonde, and blue- or green-eyed. They all had little ski-jump noses. My nose was big, round, and wide.

But my dad was a tall blonde Dutchman, and my mom always checked “White” or “Caucasian” on my school forms, and—why would I question my parents?—so I grew up White.

Except for the many, many times, White people did not accept me.

It gnawed at me, the question I received more and more the older I got: “What are you?”

By high school, I knew I wanted to go someplace where I didn’t stand out because of my features. Someplace where people looked like me. I chose New York City, where I instinctively knew there were people who looked like me, and where, I thought, no one would ask, “What are you?” [Mas…]


American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving.

Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

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Mal★Mart is a good neighbor, supporting local communities and creating jobs all across America — with a smile. Just ask Latina entrepreneur Maria Muñoz of Maria’s Flan.

La Cucaracha: Californians – be kind to white people (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 4, 2015 Cartoons
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Pocho Ocho changes to expect after Indios + Chinos > Mexicanos

by Especial Correspondents May 12, 2015 El Now
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China and India now top Mexico as leading sources of new immigrants to the United Estates, new data reveals. What are the Pocho Ocho top changes we can expect from these evolving patterns in immigration? 8. Indian actors will replace Puerto Ricans playing Mexicans on TV 7. San Jose, California will be known as Sanjay, California 6. […]

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Diversity sells, but Hollywood is overwhelmingly white, male (audio)

by Lucida Grandé March 3, 2015 Audio
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“If you want an accurate picture of ethnic and gender diversity in the United States, don’t look to Hollywood,” says NPR. That’s the conclusion of the “2015 Hollywood Diversity Report” conducted by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. The report quantifies the striking — if not surprising — racial and […]

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The Fung Brothers hope you had a ‘Happy Asian Thanksgiving’ (video)

by WONG GUEY November 28, 2014 Cultura
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American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving. Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

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Hari Kondabolu: 2042 — the Year of the White Minority (video)

by Verdana Bold August 26, 2014 Cultura
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Indian-American comic Hari Kondabolu is looking forward to 2042, when white Americans will only be 49% of the population.

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¡Orale! The Fung Brothers wish you a ‘Happy Asian Thanksgiving’ (video)

by WONG GUEY November 27, 2013 Cultura
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American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving. Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

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NSFW Video: (White Privilege) Wouldn’t You If You Were White?

by Comic Saenz February 18, 2013 Cultura
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“Not every white person is a racist, but the genius of racism is that you don’t have to participate to enjoy the spoils. If you’re white, you can be completely oblivious, passively accepting the status quo, and reap the rewards.” — Mychal Denzel Smith. [Video by Gene Geter.] (NSFW language.)

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Local Latina mom tired of people suddenly caring about her, Latinos

by María Purísima January 18, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from HOUSTON) María Solis is tired. Specifically, she’s tired of everybody suddenly caring about what she thinks — about anything at all. Ever since the election and subsequent media obsession with the “Latino voter,” her  life has changed dramatically. “It’s getting to be a bit much,” she told PNS in a Skype interview Thursday […]

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Pocho Ñews Insight: Mal*Mart gives back to local communities (video)

by MAYAN RAND November 22, 2012 Cultura
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This short educational video from Mal★Mart explains how the retail chain is a good neighbor, supporting local communities and creating jobs all across America — with a smile. The case study features Latina entrepreneur Maria Muñoz of Maria’s Flan.

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GOP’s new app suppresses minority voters automagically (NSFW video)

by C. K. PEDO October 25, 2012 El Now
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Why worry about sending bogus mailers and erecting hateful billboards to suppress poor, minority, elderly and student voters? The Republican National Committee’s VoteRite app makes it easy! iPhone and Android compatible. (NSFW language.) RELATED: Sarah Silverman explains the ‘voter fraud’ fraud (NSFW video)

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Bain Capital’s Mal*Mart gives back to local communities (video)

by MAYAN RAND October 8, 2012 El Now
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This short educational video from Mal★Mart (a Bain Capital subsidiary) explains how the retail chain is a good neighbor, supporting local communities and creating jobs all across America — with a smile. The case study features Latina entrepreneur Maria Muñoz of Maria’s Flan.

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Al Madrigal, Jessica Williams to Jon Stewart: Minorities = lucky (video)

by Comic Saenz September 19, 2012 El Now
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The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook Mitt Romney wishes he were a Latino because it would bring him advantages he didn’t have as a rich white kid from the suburbs. On The Daily Show, POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal and his minority […]

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Campus life changes as Latino enrollment hits new levels

by Lalo Alcaraz August 21, 2012 El Now
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Latinos are now the largest minority group at four-year colleges in the U.S., according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, and that means big changes on campuses across the country. While Latinos have long dominated various educational institutions, especially cosmetology schools and East L.A. College, the influx of brown […]

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Latino unemployment rate holds steady – except on TV (video)

by Comic Saenz June 7, 2012 Cultura
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Al Madrigal, Daily Show Senior Latino Correspondent (and POCHO Migrant Editor), takes a look at the tragic unemployment rate for Latinos in the television industry.

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American Census Shocker Part II: Interview with a minority baby

by Lalo Alcaraz May 22, 2012 El Now
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Non-white births now make up a majority of all births in the United States and racist anti-immigrants are pooping mad. The most elder of them, Phyllis Schlafly, an ancient anti-feminist relic, has actually come out of her dusty display case and made a pronouncement through her right-wing conservative group, The Eagle Forum, decrying the surge […]

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American Census Shocker! Minority babies invading U.S. from Vagistan

by Verdana Bold May 17, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) Census figures indicate that minorities make up over half the births of babies in the United States for the first time since the Pilgrims reluctantly started having sex. These new minority babies will be able to outvote white babies in local and national baby elections, and this has white baby […]

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