These kids — American citizens — live in Mexico but go to school in Columbus, New Mexico, a town of 1,800 across the frontier from their home in Palomas, Mexico. Some Columbus residents support the decades-long arrangement; others, not so much. [Video by Larry Lazo and Alex Brauer.]
(PNS reporting from LATIN AMERICA) Millions of Latin Americans are on vacation this week to celebrate Semana Santa, a festival to commemorate the desecration of the region’s native cultures and the Spaniards’ forceful imposition of Catholicism through celestial acts such as rape, pillage and genocide.
Holy Week, where children are off school and adults binge drink, gives Latin Americans time to reflect upon Jesus Christ’s selfless sacrifice for humanity, despite the fact that 500 years earlier no one on this side of the world had heard of him and worshiped far cooler Gods of the sun, rain and maize. Catholic cathedrals across the region are certain to be packed with Aztec, Mayan and Inca descendants, all to give thanks and praise to a merciful God coerced into their societies by armed, greed-fueled colonialists spreading the heavenly message of El Espíritu Santo.
(PNS reporting from EAST LOS ANGELES) In Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Two, Morrissey sailed the ocean blue — seeking passage to a special show in Indio.
With a few wrong turns, Morrissey’s tour bus got lost on the freeway, and the British singer and former frontman of The Smiths ended up at a gas station in East Los Angeles.
And it was on this day in history that Morrissey made an awesome discovery: Chicanos.
“They were unlike anything I had ever seen before,” the singer told PNS in an exclusive pre-Hispanic Heritage Month interview. “My life has never been the same since! How can they look into our eyes, and still they don’t believe us?”