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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.
June 12, 1988
I am surprised and shocked by your less-than-fair reporting of the illegal alien problem in North County. It is an inflammatory example of yellow journalism. It misuses and distorts figures. It is no surprise that 15% of the jail populations are composed of illegal aliens. The decision over whether to grant release on one's own recognizance or to make one post bail is a decision the jail makes at the time of arrest (for misdemeanors) based upon ties to the community and chance of flight.
August 30, 1992
A recent report on a study by UCLA sociologist David E. Hayes-Bautista makes no distinction between legal immigrants and illegal aliens when accusing police, politicians and citizens of bashing Hispanics. I have heard Congressman (Dana) Rohrabacher speak about the illegal alien problem several times and he has not bashed Hispanics in general. I have heard second- and third-generation Hispanics express concern about illegal immigrants invading our borders, and I have heard law-abiding citizens of all ethnic groups express concern about controlling our borders.
July 3, 1988
I was surprised at the "market checkout stand" approach of this article. Only the negative comments were extracted from the Laguna Beach City Council meeting. Most of those who were there to ask for help were positive in their remarks about reaching a humane decision and understood the plight of the Hispanics. The article seemed to be a slanted editorial rather than a true representation. Laguna has an ad-hoc committee that has spent hours in helping with cross-cultural problems in very positive ways, and North Laguna people have contributed to this work.
July 8, 1993
I must defend myself against the unfounded charges of racism made against me by letter writer John A. Diaz (June 17), who accused me of espousing "in-your-face discrimination" against Hispanics regarding environmental concerns in Escondido Canyon. As a month had passed since my letter was published, Times readers could not be expected to comprehend the extent to which Diaz mischaracterized my position. Diaz took particular umbrage in my innocuous remark that Hispanics, like other nature lovers, roam the Santa Monica Mountains.
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