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What We're Reading: August Equity & Social Justice Edition

Thursday, August 15, 2019

By Alice Y. Hom and Daniel Lau, Northern California Grantmakers

This month finds us with our hearts heavy with the loss of lives through the mass shootings and the passing of a beloved writer, Toni Morrison. The expression of white supremacist violence and hate is overwhelming and we’re trying to find comfort with being in community. We’ve chosen some articles that provide a mix of things to reflect upon regarding immigration, labor, interconnectedness, personal history, and cultural narratives.


1. "...this week, the media failed Latinos in America during what was perhaps our darkest hour in my lifetime."

The Media Erased Latinos From the Story | by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, The Atlantic

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2. "We're really talking about an over-100-year- history of expulsion of people."

Citizens Facing Deportation Isn't New. Here's What Happened When the U.S. Removed Mexican-Americans in the 1930s | by Jasmine Aguilera, Time Magazine

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3. "Like many other Latino residents of this country, I derive a sense of power from observing the lives of people who cannot see the full measure of my humanity."

The Assassin Next Door | by Héctor Tobar, The New Yorker

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4. "It's a cycle of exploitation that has its roots in... the enclave economy which is just a fancy way of saying that most immigrants experience a different economic reality."

The workers who make Korean barbecue possible deserve better | by Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times

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5. "Watermelon came to symbolize a feast for the unclean, lazy, and child-like."

How Watermelon's Reputation Got Tangled In Racism | by Nneka M. Okona, Huffington Post

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Bonus. We want to end on a high note with some music to inspire and soothe.

  • The soundtrack of Puerto Pico's protests | PRI 

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  • In El Paso's wake, a corrido honors the dead and points fingers at the villains | by August Brown, Los Angeles Times

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