Social Cohesion

Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America (San Francisco)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 6:30pm

Gregory Rodriguez's recently published book, Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds, is a seminal work on the history of the Mexican American experience and their long term cultural and political influence in the United States. Rodriguez examines the complexities of the Mexican American heritage and how its racial and cultural synthesis, its mestizaje, is continually changing the manner in which Americans think about race and their identity as a nation.

CA Event: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America

Monday, October 29, 2007 - 1:00pm

In the recently published, Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds, Gregory Rodriguez takes an in-depth look at the largest immigrant group in American history. Rodriguez examines the complexities of the heritage and the racial and cultural synthesis--mestizaje--that has defined the Mexican people since the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century.

Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds

October 23, 2007

Wide-ranging and provocative, Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds offers an unprecedented account of the long-term cultural and political influences that Mexican Americans will have on the collective character of our nation.

Keeping Up with Fabian

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

Don’t worry, I’m not another one of those priggish good-government types who’s going to scold California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez for his lavish, campaign-financed globe-trotting. Nor am I going to make fun of the fact that he characterized his lifestyle -- the $5,149 meeting at a Bordeaux wine shop or the $8,745 hotel bill in Barcelona -- as being pretty much the same as "how most middle-class people live." Believe it or not, I actually have reason to be encouraged by the speaker’s antics as well as the self-assessment, however flawed, that he’s typically middle class.

L.A.'s 'Race War' That Isn't

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2007 |

Get this: A new study by three UC Irvine criminologists has concluded that Los Angeles is not on the brink of a major interracial crime wave. Surprised? That’s understandable. Because for the last several years, the media have been increasingly fixated on the specter of black-versus-brown violence.

Why Latinos Will Miss Bush

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
September 24, 2007 |

Republicans these days insist that their anti-immigration stance has nothing to do with race or ethnicity. It’s the left, they say, that injects identity politics into everything. I caught the well-coiffed, permanently snarling ideologue Michelle Malkin making that exact point on television a few weeks back. "Let me drive this through the thick skulls of the open-border zealots at The New York Times and elsewhere," she barked. "This [illegal immigration] crisis has nothing to do with race.

Shades of Mexican

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
September 3, 2007 |

In Kansas, federal officials are investigating an Indian tribe for allegedly selling tribal memberships to illegal immigrants, along with the promise that the documents will protect them from the threat of deportation. By their spokesman’s own admission, the Kaweah Indian Nation has sold more than 10,000 memberships for prices starting at $50 and, according to some reports, as much as $1,200.

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.

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