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His race isn’t the issue — it’s the fact that he ignores racism

Photo: Francesco Carta fotografo

These days, there are plenty of reasons to yell at the TV screen.


The truth is we do not all hold the same interests

People wait in line to drop off mail-in ballots at an early voting location in Phoenix, Arizona on October 16, 2020. Photo: ROBYN BECK/Getty Images

It can be difficult for people outside of the Latino community to comprehend. But socialization, nationality, and geography all play significant factors in why the Latino vote is one of the most divided among America’s largest and most diverse ethnic group.


Mom’s the last of our immigrant family of seven to move out of Queens

Crescent Street in Astoria, Queens (photo by Ericlimer, CC BY-SA 4.0)

It was a crisp February day, sunny and blindingly bright. The mounds of soiled snow and ice hugging the curb signaled that it was the right time to head south to the promise of warm air and green vegetation.


Something about my Blackness forces some Afro Latinos to face their own, even if they’re not ready to embrace it

A younger me during one of my last visits to the Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, Dominican Republic

I love jumping into cabs in New York City’s Washington Heights. For the most part, I run into a driver who’s Dominican, and he’s almost always surprised I can speak Spanish. We most often have similar facial features, waves in our curly hair, and vibe to the same music on the radio. But this never matters in the end. The driver will usually follow up with, “Wait, you’re really Dominican? What barrio is your mom from?” I’ll tell him the barrio (neighborhood) in the DR and the cross streets, but he still seems vexed.


There’s much more work to be done to take down machismo

Photo: Filip Gielda/Unsplash

If you aren’t already aware, “Latinx” is a term used to foster inclusivity among Latin Americans. The goal is to eliminate the sole use of the identifiers “Latino” and “Latina” to acknowledge all gender expressions. While the word isn’t new — its usage dates back to 2004 — its popularity has soared over the last couple of years.

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