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In 1991, Public Enemy‘s epic By the Time I Get to Arizona spotlighted the Hate State of Arizona’s failure to implement the Martin Luther King Day national holiday.

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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…]

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Most friends don’t even know his real name, which is Ken

(PNS reporting from BELÉN, COSTA RICA) A local Costa Rican man born to Taiwanese immigrants is threatening to pack up and move to Taiwan though he’s never actually been there before.

Ken Chu, 28, who was born in Belén to Taiwanese immigrants, says his reasons for wanting to leave are simple.

“I’ve been known as Chino my entire life,” Chu said in a press conference at the Taiwan donated Puente de la Amistad in Guanacaste. “My friends, everyone I work with, my teachers at school, even Guachimen. Everyone calls me Chino. I’m not Chinese! I’m Tico!” [Mas…]

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He had just left a fancy restaurant, celebrating a big achievement, a Ph. D. degree, when he encountered racism, racism that can hurt your health.

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Schoolhouse Mock! Music Video: I am a slave, yes I’m only a slave

by FREDERICK DOUGLASS October 16, 2017 Cartoons
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From the The Roots and crew at black-ish, this Schoolhouse Rock! inspired video celebrates our proud Southern Confederate Heritage through the eyes of a slave. PREVIOUSLY ON SCHOOLHOUSE MOCK:

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FEMA sends its top 2-ply tech to Puerto Rico (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 12, 2017 Cartoons
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Washington Redskins #TakeAKnee? Not so fast! (toon)

by Ricardo L. (RLCATE) Cate September 27, 2017 Cartoons
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[Ricardo Caté cartoons at Without Reservations.] PREVIOUSLY ON WASHINGTON REDSKINS:

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Sunday Night Football Game of the Week: Trump vs NFL (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 24, 2017 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: Gosh darn DREAMers are stealing our jobs! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 22, 2017 Cartoons
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Eric Holland: It’s time for ‘Amnistia’ again (music video)

by ZACK A. TEXAS September 18, 2017 Cultura
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Eric Holland, a former Arizona ESL teacher who moved to Mexico, writes and sings amazing songs about the border. His Amnistia, which we first featured four years ago, paints a picture we’d all like to see! [Video by Danny Worms.] PREVIOUSLY ON ERIC HOLLAND:

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Pocho Ocho worst new names for Hispanic Heritage Month

by Especial Correspondents September 15, 2017 Cultura
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The pinche Trump administration is stuck with the annual observance of National “Hispanic” Heritage Month 2017, which begins today, but that doesn’t mean they like it. The POCHO news team has learned that the white wing traitors, crooks, and colluders at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ran through a list of alternative names for the observance before […]

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Motel 6 Arizona: We’ll call the ICE on you! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 13, 2017 Cartoons
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