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Video: Legal scholar and author Ian Haney López explains how politicians use racism as political strategy to win votes

Video: Legal scholar and author Ian Haney López explains how politicians use racism as political strategy to win votes

LatinaLista — Ian Haney López understands politics, especially dog whistle politics — the practice of using code words that use race to turn Americans against each other. According to López, legal scholar and author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, politicians — on both sides

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Another (urgent) reason Congress needs to pass immigration reform

LatinaLista — A new brief released by the U.S. Census, Noncitizens Under Age 35: 2010-2012, reveals several important reasons why passing immigration reform would not only help the nation’s economy but create a more just society. Data from the 2010-2012 American Community Survey shows there are 10.3 million noncitizen individuals under the age of 35

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New study says don’t blame voters for not electing politicians of color, blame the parties

LatinaLista — Latino politicians have just as good a chance at winning their elections as their white opponents when they’re on the ballot. But there is a problem — political parties aren’t recruiting enough Latinos to make that happen. That’s according to a new study out of Michigan State University. Analyzing nearly 10,000 statehouse elections

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As another Texas election campaign heats up, state’s Latinos find themselves (again) the butt of GOP politics

LatinaLista — This year marks 32 years living in Texas, and after all this time, I’m still surprised and insulted at the lack of respect state politicians unashamedly display towards Latinos in the Lone Star State. In a state whose history is among the most intertwined with that of Mexico, and where 38 percent of

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NBC’s closure of Latino-centric news site heralds failed experiment or successful test

LatinaLista — Last November when NBC announced they were shutting down NBCLatino, their Latino-focused news site and entry into the crowded online competition for Latino readers/viewers, a spokesman for NBC said the closure of the site and funneling of readers to the main network news site: “will allow its content to reach a much larger

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MTV’s teen pregnancy reality show “scaring straight” more teens to the shame of sex education critics

LatinaLista — In 1978, the documentary Scared Straight! made headlines with its depiction of juvenile offenders being screamed at and terrified by hardened criminals at what is now East Jersey State Prison. It was all part of a program to discourage these young offenders from pursuing a life of crime. The Academy Award-winning documentary ended

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