We're excited to print an excerpt from the introduction of Latino Stats: American Hispanics by the Numbers, a new book by Idelisse Malavé and Esti Giordani that sifts through a profusion of data to identify the most telling and often surprising facts of contemporary Latino life with glimpses of the past and future. It comes out on January 27 from The New Press—preorder a copy here.
Although the United States is routinely and proudly referred to as “a country of immigrants,” waves of immigration still inspire economic and cultural fears. Latino immigrants have been greeted with a familiar litany, most commonly, “They’re stealing our jobs!”
Together with many millions of listeners, I followed along intently as Sarah Koenig crafted a story around the investigation of Hae Min Lee's murder and the conviction of Adnan Syed on the podcast Serial.
Last night, thousands of people protested the failure to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner. Photo by David Bledsoe.
One hundred and twenty-two years ago, Ida B. Wells, an African American journalist who reported on the horrors carried out by white lynch mobs against Southern blacks, penned a oft-pronounced slogan that still rings true today: “This is a white man's country and the white man must rule.”
If you managed to abstain from social media and television last night, you missed the strange awards sideshow that was the Golden Globes. There were some great moments on stage—Emma Thompson was the coolest person in the room as she presented an award barefoot, holding her high heels in one hand and a martini in the other and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had some genuinely funny jokes—but I came away from the night thinking more about who wasn’t on stage: many people of color.
What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens in the conversation below, where Zetta Elliott (below left), a black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children, and award-winning Haitian-American speculative fiction writer Ibi Aanu Zoboi (below right) decided to discuss current young adult sci-fi.
In mid-November in the Netherlands, Dutch families take to the streets of Amsterdam to celebrate the arrival of their favorite winter guests, Sinterklaas and his whimsical helper Black Pete. The air is crisp and cold. Pepernoten, bortsplaat, marzipan, and other sweet holiday fill the pockets of onlookers. When the adored duo comes into town (they sail in on a ship from Spain), they are greeted with a city-wide, family-friendly parade.
However, what is different and potentially shocking to many non-Dutch onlookers is that during the traditional parade, Sinterklaas is escorted by hundreds of white people in blackface. Smiling Dutch folks in blackface bike, walk, and rollerblade through the town, waving at children in celebration.