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August 22, 1988
Hooray! After eight years the Republicans have discovered Hispanics. Do they actually believe that a token, four-month, end-of-term appointment will have us flocking to the polls in support of Bush? Give me a break! Where were they eight years ago when such an appointment would have been a valued asset for both Hispanics and Republicans? It is like being invited to dinner after the main course has been eaten, only for dessert. To this "let them eat cake" approach, I say, off with their heads.
October 17, 2005
Re "Morphing Outrage Into Ideas," Column One, Oct. 12 To me nothing is more outrageous than keeping the issue [of disparity in the academic test scores of Asians and Latinos] a "taboo" subject or staying out of the "political minefield." It's the politicians' ulterior game -- to keep the underperforming group as is, under the guise of protection. But it would be totally unfair to the group. If there is a social or economic disparity between racial or ethnic groups, it must be sincerely and candidly dealt with.
December 8, 2002
Re the Supreme Court agreeing to rule on whether colleges may consider students' race in deciding admissions, Dec. 3: The court accepted two cases from the University of Michigan, which gives "bonus points" to black and Hispanic applicants. However, the term "Hispanic" is not based on race but is a classification based on language; Hispanics are from all races. If the court rules that "race" should be a factor in determining college admissions, are white Hispanics not going to be given points because they are white?
June 21, 2008 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
It was meant to be a magazine for "your city" -- Tu Ciudad. But in the end, the glossy lifestyle publication aimed at affluent, assimilated Latinos failed to find a home in the region's turbulent media landscape. After more than three years serving as a guide for the city's best mojitos, taco stands and cultural trendsetters, Tu Ciudad magazine abruptly shut down this week.
Bobbing and weaving, 11-year-old Eddie Leal breathed quickly as he threw punches outside a Westside nightclub Saturday, hoping for a chance to star on the big screen. It seemed a longshot, at best. But Eddie and hundreds of other would-be actors--ranging from children to grown men--had answered a casting call for young Latinos with boxing skills for an upcoming movie, "Price of Glory."
Visit a market in many Latino neighborhoods across the country and you might come across Homies--tiny Chicano figurines wearing baggy clothes, white T-shirts, bandannas and knit caps. The creator of the 1 3/4-inch-tall cartoonish toys, which are sold in gum ball machines, said Homies are caricatures of real people from Mexican American barrios, like the one near San Jose where he grew up. More than 1 million have been sold since they hit the market four months ago, a distributor says.
July 6, 1998
Christy Haubegger asserts that it is wise for advertisers to seek out the Hispanic market because they are "more likely to have larger families" and thus "should be the subject of intense advertiser interest" ("TV Shows and Advertisers Are Overlooking Latino Market," Counterpunch, June 29). If she exposed her intellect to a short-course on Demographics 101, she'd know that greater disposable income is available for advertisers to seek when a family has fewer children. She wants Hispanic families to be courted?
January 15, 1989
So, Mr. Thomas A. Fuentes says we Orange County Democrats are "sad and ineffective" (Jan. 10). We certainly are not sad, and we are always trying to become more effective. What is sad, however, is the arrogance of the Orange County Republican leadership. Fuentes and the rest of that leadership did a very bad thing by hiring guards to discourage Hispanics from voting. That act has been condemned by people of conscience in both parties. Only the Republican leadership of Orange County has failed to condemn it. And now, by the reelection of Fuentes as their chairman, they have ratified and approved this wrong and unconstitutional act. The Orange County Democratic Party opens its doors to Republicans, Hispanics, and others, who are disgusted by the Orange County Republican leadership's disrespect for our constitutional freedoms.
November 27, 1988
Asian-Americans lobby to increase their representation at UC based on objective criteria like grade point average and the SAT. Blacks and Hispanics, who score lower on average, lobby to increase their representation based on demographics. Both approaches have been effective at the expense of white students, who have been victims of this double standard. Putatively, white influence is all-pervasive, and can easily look after its own. In reality, UC policy on admissions and on hiring and promotion of faculty has become an arena for pressure-group politics.
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