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February 13, 2012

Do villains only come in one color?

by Daniel Cubias

So I recently watched the horror-comedy Attack the Block, a British movie about an alien invasion of the inner-city projects. Yes, it’s as preposterous as it sounds, and while far from brilliant, it’s a fun ninety minutes.

However, I made a classic internet mistake after I saw the movie: I read other people’s comments on the film.

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February 7, 2012

Is religion’s influence on Latinos fading?

by Daniel Cubias

Two recent polls caught my attention.

The first was taken at the height of Tebow-mania, when many otherwise rational adults believed that a mediocre quarterback could actually win the Super Bowl.

According to the survey, 43 percent of Americans “believed divine intervention was at least partly responsible” for Tim Tebow’s success. But most shocking was the claim that “a whopping 81.3 percent of Latino respondents answered yes, God has a headset,” implying that four out of five Latinos believed that the Man upstairs directly intervenes in something as trivial as a football game.

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February 7, 2012

Is religion’s influence on Latinos fading?

by Daniel Cubias

Two recent polls caught my attention.

The first was taken at the height of Tebow-mania, when many otherwise rational adults believed that a mediocre quarterback could actually win the Super Bowl.

According to the survey, 43 percent of Americans “believed divine intervention was at least partly responsible” for Tim Tebow’s success. But most shocking was the claim that “a whopping 81.3 percent of Latino respondents answered yes, God has a headset,” implying that four out of five Latinos believed that the Man upstairs directly intervenes in something as trivial as a football game.

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January 24, 2012

Is the immigration boogeyman going away?

by Daniel Cubias

The New York Times recently reported on a small rural town where longtime residents complain about “young Mexican men working construction and driving down wages, the children of laborers flooding crowded schools…and strip clubs springing up on roads that used to be dark and quiet.”

Is the town in Wisconsin, Kansas, Alabama, or even (shudder) Arizona? No, it is “a precolonial Mexican village outside Oaxaca City, filling up with fellow Mexicans.”

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January 16, 2012

Is there a liberal option in 2012?

by Daniel Cubias

As we all know, there are few absolutes in life. Yes, water freezes at thirty-two degrees, inertia affects all objects in motion, and the Chicago Cubs will find a way to lose. But most other things are open to exceptions and nuance.

However, let’s add another axiom to that short list of truisms – there will never be a true progressive elected as president of the United States.

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January 2, 2012

What did the Iraq War mean to Latinos?

by Daniel Cubias

Iraq isn’t our problem anymore. Who cares. Good riddance. —Internet commentator

USA! USA! USA! —The same guy, nine years ago.

Future generations will never confuse it with VJ Day. This time, there were no jubilant crowds in Times Square or iconic photographs of sailors kissing nurses or a cross-continental outpouring of relief and exuberance.

Instead, there was a collective shrug as a military convoy rolled through the desert. The war that began with shock and awe ended with confusion and indifference.

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December 28, 2011

Can everybody claim MLK’s principles?

by Daniel Cubias

Recently, I wrote about affirmative action and its (presumably short) future.

As I stated, one can object to the program without being racist. There are legitimate questions about constitutionality, legal principles, and unintended consequences.

However, one argument irks many ethnic minorities. That is whenever a white conservative insists that his opposition to affirmative action is based upon his deep love for Martin Luther King and the Reverend’s principles. Too many establishment power brokers have insisted that they are the true heirs of MLK’s legacy, with the additional boast that they “would have marched with him.”

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December 13, 2011

Is the death penalty immoral?

by Daniel Cubias

If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death. The Bible — Numbers 35:30

The dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. – Pope John Paul II

Each of us has, to some degree, an unhealthy capacity for revenge. And that trait flows from us as individuals into society at large. This unflattering characteristic is one of the driving forces behind capital punishment.

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November 30, 2011

What is the future of affirmative action?

by Daniel Cubias

Twenty years ago, I had my only direct experience with racial set-asides. I won a hundred dollars in an essay contest for Latino teens. Of course, kids of any race could enter, but it was clearly aimed at Latinos. I can’t recall ever being part of another social program that was, whether stated or implied, just for Latinos.

As such, I’m still waiting for those affirmative action quotas that will rocket me to the top of any employer’s wish list. Supposedly, all I have to do is show up in an HR office, mention my last name, and sit back while all the qualified white candidates are shoved out windows to make way for me.

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November 22, 2011

Why don’t Latinos have more power?

by Daniel Cubias

Perhaps you didn’t notice when a national political leader said that America was entering the “Decade of the Hispanic.”

You can be forgiven, because the speaker was Henry Cisneros, and he wasn’t talking about our current decade. He was talking about the 1980s.

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