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POCHO amigo Arnie Bermudez’ new cartoon series follows events at your favorite local taqueria, SARAPE’s GRILL. Let’s take a look as Tio Sarape reveals his latest plans…. [Mas…]

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POCHO amigo Arnie Bermudez has started up a new cartoon series set at your favorite local taqueria, SARAPE’s GRILL. Let’s take a look, shall we? [Mas…]

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…]

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…]

In a Black History Month Especial Report, Eddie Murphy goes undercover to experience life as it’s lived by white Americans.

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The poetry of J. Arceo: “I’m Mexican” (video)

by CHESS PERRITO February 3, 2017 Cultura
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I’m Mexican is a short video based on the words of poet J. Arceo. [Video by Es Barrio.] We’ve got the text:

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Casting Call: Do it again, but this time act ‘Mor Mexican!’ (video)

by CALLE DU CINEMA October 25, 2016 Cultura
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In Mor Mexican! Mexico City-born actor Ricardo “Pekas” Aranda eats a McXican Burger for the casting director. But is he acting Hispanic enough? Maybe makeup and wardrobe can help.

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If the ‘white vote’ was reported the same way as the ‘Latino vote’

by 1stWorldChicano August 12, 2016 Cultura
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At a campaign rally last month, Hillary Clinton announced Julian Castro as her pick for VP. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Castro, a rising star in the party, was chosen for his ability to reach white voters. Castro is fluent in English and very comfortable with white Americans. “Hello,” he said in his first […]

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Thank you, eHeritage! Now I can trace my bloodline way back! (video)

by CARLOS DARJUIN July 27, 2016 Cultura
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A DNA blood test from eHeritage.com can help you unlock your past and trace your roots. Native American blood? Related to European royalty? Puro Caucasian like from the Caucusus region? You’ll never know what you’ll find until you try!

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Savage Wild West Adventures of the Border Patrol (1951 toons)

by Memo Nericcio June 29, 2016 Cartoons
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“Heroic” Border Patrol Agents of Lore: Or “That’s Not the Migra I Know!” More Tales of Greedy “Mexicans,” “Savage” Native Americans, and “Heroic” Uber Gringos! Pappy’s Golden Age of Comics Blog is at it again — posting delectable artifacts from American comic book history that are also revelatory chronicles unraveling the collusion of race, ethnicity, […]

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Pocho Ocho best ways to tell if someone is a member of ‘LA RAZA’

by Especial Correspondents June 9, 2016 El Now
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You know that “Mexican Judge,” Gonzalo P. Curiel? He can’t be impartial in the Trump University fraud case because he’s a member of that militant Mexican cabal known as LA RAZA. And he’s not the only one! After all, you can’t have a conspiracy with only one conspirator, amirite? There might even be card-carrying members […]

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La Cucaracha: Scarlett Johansson stars in new Paramount flick (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 10, 2016 Cartoons
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[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post misidentified the studio as Pixar. My bad. – Comic Saenz.]

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Can you spot the Latino in this photograph?

by SALVADOR LITVAK May 6, 2016 Cultura
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I’m pretty sure I was the only redhead at the NYU Latino Law Students Association Gala in the spring of 1990. The food was delicious, my date looked stunning, and I was glad I had jumped on the opportunity when I received the LALSA invitation. My journey to that moment began 25 years earlier. I […]

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My name is Vero and I’m a Mexican-American (video)

by Verdana Bold April 18, 2016 Cultura
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Vero Higareda made this video for a class she’s taking at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Like so many others, she has been told that she doesn’t look Mexican.

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ZUBI to the rescue if you hate Mexicans and that taco emoji (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés April 13, 2016 Cartoons
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Advertising agency ZUBI (in Florida, of course) steps up for the minority of “Latinos” and “Hispanics” who aren’t Mexican — and people who hate tacos. Because “Latino emotions,” tu sabes, are different and require special emoji.

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White Life: Eddie Murphy is Mr. White for Black History Month (video)

by OSCAR ZOWEIT February 19, 2016 Cultura
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In a Black History Month Especial Report, Eddie Murphy goes undercover to experience life as it’s lived by white Americans. PREVIOUSLY ON WHITE LIFE:

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The harsh reality of #OscarsSoWhite (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA January 28, 2016 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha’s Latino Heritage Month TV Highlights (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 5, 2015 Cartoons
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T-Man: Fighting the crime, shaking the maracas in Cuba (1951 toon)

by Memo Nericcio October 1, 2015 Cartoons
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I love Pappy’s comics blog — one of the best in the biz! And I love the treasure trove of stuff he unearths and shares; with or without knowing it, he has curated one of the best short histories of Latina/o representation available on the net! A grand tip of the sombrero to Pappy! Here’s […]

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That time when Sylvester Stallone was a Mexican cover boy (toons)

by Memo Nericcio August 25, 2015 Cartoons
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With all the press he is getting, you would think that Pendejo-of-the-Century Donald Trump had invented all the twisted tales of Mexicans floating on the interwebs. But our pasty-faced, combover fatboy is not the first and not the last of the foolios who will get rich (and famous) for spouting hate-laced bon mots on the […]

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The REAL problem with Kelly Osbourne’s racist toilet-cleaner remark

by Estefania Zavala August 14, 2015 El Now
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“If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilets, Donald Trump?” Uh. Yikes. Yikes yikes yikes. By now you’re probably familiar with our latest racist media frenzy centered on remarks Kelly Osbourne made on The View, a response to the incredibly racist Donald Trump. But she sounded […]

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La Cucaracha: And now our feature film ‘Nacho Hero’ (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 24, 2015 Cartoons
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Coming Soon: Attack of the 14-Year-Old Black Girl!

by Lalo Alcaraz June 10, 2015 Cartoons
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Coming soon from McKinney, Texas Police Productions, it’s the next summer horror science fiction cop flick, Attack of the 14-Year-Old Black Girl! A frightening teen girl in a bikini terrorizes the police force of a small Texas suburb, making them respond with excessive force and brutality reserved only for the worst of America’s swimming thugs! […]

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