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“…Just Please Don’t Reduce Us to Crime, Immigration, and Racial Politics…”

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 at 6:00 am

Those are CNN’s Soledad O’Brien’s words when describing the concerns of many Latinos about the much anticipated two-day series, Latino in America. The largest minority is fighting stereotypes, fighting to be recognized as more than undocumented persons, domestic servants, or gang members.

In a commentary, Reuben Navarrette, Jr. says “For those of us in the Latino community who worry that those of us in the media are missing the best and most nuanced stories about America’s largest minority because we’re too busy harping on stereotypes and accentuating the negative — ‘I’ll take an order of high school dropouts, with a side of gangbangers and mix in some gardeners and housekeepers’ — there was a concern that CNN would blow the assignment.”

Latino in America broke stereotypes, revealed struggles, disappointments, expectations, highs, and lows–all were on display. And for now, as Navarrette proclaims, “Meanwhile, with all the issues out there, some Americans still get stuck on the basics of whether they should call us ‘Latino’ or ‘Hispanic’ — or Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican.

Who cares? You can call us whatever you want. You just can’t ignore us.”

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