Archive for May 25th, 2011

May 25, 2011

The political scene

by Eric Cortes

When the political season in any city begins, candidates rush to get the vote. Thanks to the 2010 Census, it seems as though Latinos are getting attention from every direction. However, when it comes down to power, Latinos seem to be sought out more than others. But why don’t Latinos vote? Many reasons should be considered and, while immigration is most obvious, those Latinos who do vote are engaged and ready to bring a voice to the community.

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May 25, 2011

Is this ad racist?

The latest controversy in racism? An ad for a new Dove brand body wash. The ad, which features close-ups of skin before and after using the new body wash with three women lined in front left to right, African-American, Latino, and white, says to some ‘bye bye to melanin.’

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May 25, 2011

Unintended consequences of rugged individualism

by Nick Baez

We’ve all heard the overused – and equally annoying – phrase, “Just pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” Usually, one of our supposedly supportive friends will utter this phrase in an attempt to comfort us in times of hardship or despair. If we can resist the urge to react to said phrase with physical violence, we can typically mutter a disingenuous “Thank you” in response. 

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May 25, 2011

Travel dispels cultural misconceptions

by Brian Cockman

One of my favorite quotes comes from American author Mark Twain reads: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” It is no wonder then that a lot of people are egocentric, biased and anti-immigration because travel is limited to the same local haunt with the same people each year. As Robert Rios III so eloquently put it in his Letter to the majority article last week, “it seems our passion and conviction for the Red, White and Blue has blinded us in blissful ignorance.” Luckily, there is a cure for this ignorance (regardless of where you’re from) and requires a heaping dose of TRAVEL.

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May 25, 2011

The United state of health: How healthy [sick] is your state?

When it comes to the health of this nation, where does your state rank? Using obvious factors such as obesity, smoking, and physical activity, and not so obvious factors such as unemployment and high school graduation rates, America’s Heath Rankings, in partnership with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, is providing a comprehensive list—State HealthStats.

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May 25, 2011

Mine, yours, or ours: A community and its diamond necklace

by Nicolle Morales Kern

Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.” – Mark Twain

A quote that a group of 13 women from Ventura, California took to heart when they purchased a $12,000 15-karat diamond necklace (which they named Jewelia) together; not to own as individuals but to share as a group. In The Necklace, you are taken on the journey of the Women of Jewelia, LLC  and how an item of pure luxury transforms their lives.

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