Category: Editorial

Latinos Can Help Preserve Democracy

By Dr. Ricardo Romo Congressman John Lewis’s last public writing appeared in a New York Times editorial page on July 30 following his death a week earlier.  He wrote: “Democracy is not a state.  It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.”  His generation  of civil rights activists contributed to a more robust and fair American democracy through the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and by their vigilant promotion to social justice. “The vote,” John Lewis  noted in his...

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Latino Health in the Time of the Pandemic

By Dr. Ricardo Romo The  June 28, 2020 article “Learning from Hispanic Americans” by New York Times opinion writer Nicholas Kristof got my attention.  Kristof explored how the Latino social fabric is helping those in need during the pandemic crisis. As a start, he quoted researchers interested in the “Hispanic Paradox,” who have found Latinos enjoy a “life expectancy of 81.8 years, compared with 78.5 for whites and 74.9 years for blacks.”  It is a paradox, Kristol offers,  because the “disadvantaged normally live shorter lives.” In addition to living longer, Kristol concluded from studies dating back to 1974  that ...

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Art During the Time of the Pandemic and Protest: Latino Stories

By Dr. Ricardo Romo There is great uncertainty about the pandemic–no one knows how many lives will be affected, how long it will last, and how our lives will look in the aftermath. We are not even sure if there is a “normal life” in store for us anytime in the near future. While the pandemic crisis appears to be receding in some U.S. communities and lockdowns are somewhat in decline, that is not the case in Texas where the infected numbers continue to rise. San Antonio is one of the many large cities where Covid-19 cases increased this...

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A Latino Perspective on Protest, Justice, and Reform

By Dr. Ricardo Romo In the Opinion page of the  Dallas Morning News on June 7, 2020,  Rene Martinez wrote of a tragic shooting 47 years ago  by a police officer of a 12 year  Mexican American boy handcuffed in  the back of a police car. Rodriguez was shot in the head at very close range by officer Darrell Cain.    Martinez wrote that as a result of the senseless killing,  5,000 marchers protested in the streets of Dallas. Cain was sentenced to prison for the murder. Some events, even those nearly fifty years ago, cannot be forgotten. More recently...

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What Latinos are Learning from the Pandemic

Posted by Dr. Ricardo Romo Good health practices matter, but basic health practices are not enough.  All of us must follow the recommendations to  shelter in place,  practice safe distancing, and wear a mask in public settings.   Access to good health insurance makes all the difference to Latinos who need to  visit a doctor or  require hospital care.  As a state, Texas is making little progress in expanding medical insurance to a sufficient number of residents. According to texmed.org/uninsured, “Texas is the uninsured capital of the United States. More than 4.3 million Texans – including 623,000 children – lack...

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Pandemic Threatens Latino Student Achievement

By Dr. Ricardo Romo Schooling during the pandemic lockdown is not going well for many Latino students. Truthfully, the majority rather be in the classroom than at home. According to the New York Times, more than  50 million children in the United States will be shut out of school for this Spring semester and for the foreseeable coming months in 2020. Texas Latino children are especially at risk of losing out in the learning curve because many of their parents work in essential jobs  and thus they  have less time to spend as “teachers” in homeschooling. Latinos are 65...

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Latina Mothers Hold the Family Together

Posted By Dr. Ricardo Romo This year Latinos are celebrating Mothers’  Day in highly troubling times. The Covid-19 Pandemic is one of the greatest American health and economic crises of the last 100 years.  The nation’s death total  exceeds 70,000 and unemployment levels are nearly equal to those  of the Great Depression era. For mothers who work, being on the job, in addition to homeschooling responsibilities and  constant child care demands, has placed unprecedented physical and mental burdens on them. While many Americans are suffering from job losses, many Latina mothers  continue to supply our nation’s homes with food,...

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A Latina Who Saved Jobs

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the world economy,  but  the service industries, food production and sales, as well as hotel businesses that traditionally employ Latinos in significant numbers have been especially hard hit.   Blanca Romo Garcia, whose company dates back to the Great Depression era, has been working hard to be sure their employees will not be in the unemployed lines anytime soon. Romo Garcia’s family has owned and operated the Porter Poultry Egg  business since 1936.  With the closure of restaurants and family-owned Mexican bakeries across the city of San Antonio, Porter faced a financial dilemma.   Seeing the...

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Texas Apartment Association emite Guía a los recursos para inquilinos

Por Kristi Payne La Texas Apartment Association emitió hoy una guía sobre los recursos para residentes de apartamentos en Texas que hablan español. “Muchos residentes de apartamentos podrán entender mejor la información sobre los nuevos reglamentos d moratoria en los desalojos y los programas de asistencia con la renta que les son disponibles si pueden leerla en su lengua materna,” dijo Mark Hurley, presidente de la Texas Apartment Association. “Esta guía también ayudará a los administradores de los apartamentos a comunicarse mejor y ayudar a nuestros residentes que necesiten asistencia financiera o de otro tipo, reduciendo así el estrés...

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Remembering Easter Weekend at Brackenridge Park

Easter Sunday Photo Editorial 2010 Retrospective By Dr. Ricardo Romo Easter is one of the major religious holidays for Latinos and Brackenridge Park has been a major destination for many San Antonio families who spent the Easter weekend at the Park campgrounds. Over two Easter weekends in 2009 and 2010, I walked the entire grounds of the Park for my photo story. I talked to families who had camped at the Park for 65 years straight. A selection of my 2,000 Easter photos at the Park were shown at the Witte Museum and the Institute of Texan Cultures. Included...

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Un modelo migratorio a seguir: la respuesta de Portugal al coronavirus Por Alexandra Schmitt y Elisa Massimino

Traducido por LPT Lea la historia en inglés en https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/news/2020/04/10/482998/ migrant-model-follow-portugals-response-coronavirus / Buenas noticias sobre la respuesta de un país a la pandemia de coronavirus son raras en estos días, pero Portugal recientemente proporcionó un punto brillante. El gobierno anunció que durante la pandemia, ciertos migrantes y solicitantes de asilo en el país recibirían el mismo acceso total a los servicios públicos que reciben los residentes permanentes. En un momento en que muchos países, incluido Estados Unidos, están complaciendo los impulsos nacionalistas e incluso utilizando la crisis para excluir y marginar aún más a los inmigrantes, Portugal está ejemplificando...

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The Art World of Raul Gonzalez

By Dr. Ricardo Romo Raul Gonzalez began drawing at the age of six, but never thought that a path existed for him becoming an artist until viewing the film “Blood In Blood Out,” a 1993 crime drama that featured the work of San Antonio artist, Adan Hernandez. Gonzalez was fourteen years old when he saw the movie, and he instantly connected with one of the featured characters whose painting talents enabled him to sell his art in prestigious Los Angeles galleries. High school teachers in his hometown of Houston noticed his talents and encouraged him to enter art competitions....

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