Social Cohesion

Where's the Rose Between His Teeth?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
July 16, 2007 |

Last week, I got a phone call from a television news producer who asked me what Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s extramarital affair revealed about the nature of Latino political leadership. I told her I’d agree to be interviewed on air only if we could explore what Bill Clinton’s dalliances said about white people or Jesse Jackson’s fling with an aide told us about black activists. Dumbfounded, she asked if I could refer her to someone else.

NPR Interviews Gregory Rodriguez on Villaigrosa, Hillary Clinton

June 1, 2007

ALEX COHEN, host: Meanwhile, as immigrants are being talked about on Capitol Hill, they are also being courted by politicians.

MADELEINE BRAND, host: And here in Los Angeles, the city's top politician, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is seen as a guy who can deliver that vote nationwide. He endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton earlier this week, despite the fact that there is a Latino candidate in the race, and that has raised some questions about Villaraigosa's loyalty.

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates reports.

A Road Beyond Ethnicity

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
May 21, 2007 |

It sounded like a desperate groan, or maybe it was a guttural, exasperated "Oh, please." But near the finale of a preview performance of David Henry Hwang’s new play, Yellow Face, which opened Sunday night at the Mark Taper Forum, an unidentified female audience member -- was she Anglo? Asian? -- made known her displeasure with one of the protagonist’s closing lines.

He Was an 'Us,' Not a 'Them'

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
April 23, 2007 |

What if you don’t have anything in common with your brother? What if you live on different continents? What if you’ve never even met the man? Are you still his keeper?

Gregory Rodriguez on Immigrants, Acculturation in The Arizona Republic

March 12, 2007

If Sunnyslope had a patron saint, her name would be the Virgin of Solitude.

The black-cloaked woman is the saint of Oaxaca, Mexico, but her image drapes walls in homes and businesses throughout Sunnyslope, one of the Valley's oldest neighborhoods, nestled at the bottom of Phoenix's North Mountain.

Over the past decade, so many immigrants from the southern Mexican state have moved into Sunnyslope that the working-class community in north-central Phoenix is becoming known as "Little Oaxaca..."

Time to Retire the Latino Caucus

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 18, 2007 |

You go, Loretta Sanchez. Just keep walking away from that Congressional Hispanic Caucus. No, not just because of the nasty name caucus chief Rep. Joe Baca allegedly called you. But because you’ll be undermining a political practice that will increasingly hurt Mexican American statewide candidates in the most politically powerful states in the nation.

The Brown and the Gray

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 4, 2007 |

California is losing market share -- as a destination for immigrants. As the rest of the country experiences an explosion of immigration (especially of the illegal variety) that has the national percentage of foreign-born residents soaring, the immigration increase in the Golden State is in the rearview mirror. Since 1990, California has seen a decline in the number of new immigrant arrivals. In the 1990s alone, that number declined by almost 10%, and the decrease in Los Angeles County was 30%.

Definitions of Whiteness Amid the Delta Blues

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
January 14, 2007 |

Sunflower County, MS -- “Are Lebanese white people?" we asked 71-year-old Ned Holder, a former sheriff here. "Yes," he said, "although they’re real dark." How about Italian Catholics; are they white? Sure. And Jews? Yes. What about the Chinese? "Yes," he said, "they go to the white schools." And Mexicans? "They’re becoming more white. More of them are getting an education."

Then what’s a white person, we asked? After some confusion over the meaning of the question, he concluded that it was probably anybody "who isn’t black."

Is Obama the New 'Black'?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
December 17, 2006 |

We know this: Barack Obama is a rising star. He's a powerful speaker and a gifted writer. He is the only African American serving in the U.S. Senate. But is he black?

Where Have All the Mexican Americans Gone?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
November 12, 2006 |

Homogenizing the image of the "other" has always been a way for groups to marginalize undesirable minorities and foreigners. Two dozen centuries ago, Hippocrates wrote that the Scythians -- nomadic people whom the Greeks considered barbaric -- all looked alike. By contrast, the good doctor could discern that his own people came in all shapes and sizes.

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