Yesterday, the El Paso Times once again inserted itself into politics to “correct” the record for one of its protected politicos at the behest of the El Paso cabal who have plans for El Paso’s future. The paper ran a full-length story about how a video by the Club for Growth, a Conservative SuperPAC, was… Read More The Beto Plan for President
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best, except when it interferes with the intended nefarious agenda of a powerful group. If you are in El Paso, you have likely been keeping an eye on the community’s attempt to build an Hispanic or Mexican-American cultural center. You are also likely aware that there is a court… Read More The Hispanic Cultural Center Solution
One of the most frustrating aspects of trying to correct the false narratives about México is the wrongly used term: Mexicans – for people who are U.S. citizens but are of Hispanic, or Latino heritage. The word Mexican is consistently used interchangeably to identify U.S. citizens of Mexican descent and those who are Mexican citizens.… Read More The Hispanic and Mexican Disconnect
As many of you know there is an ongoing battle over the Durangito community and the proposed El Paso arena. It all revolves around whether a neighborhood should be displaced to make room for an arena. Like all El Paso politics, not all is what it seems as many pieces are moving around at the… Read More Shootout at the Durangito
As I made my way down the jet way on Monday, I stopped dead on my tracks. Right there, on the jet way wall was a simple message that epitomized El Paso’s identity crisis. Through the years, El Paso’s leadership has used Albuquerque, Austin, Santa Fe or the city du jour as the model for… Read More An El Paso Identity Crisis
The Pope’s upcoming visit to Cd. Juárez exposes the cultural war against Latinos/Hispanics that has been going on for a number of years now. What? El Paso is over 80% Hispanic, how can there be a war against Hispanics? The truth is that many Hispanics, some unknowingly, contribute to the class and cultural war that… Read More Pope Visit Exposes El Paso Cultural War
You might notice that the title of my blog post today does not include “Hispanic,” “Mexican-American” or other designation because the naming of the proposed cultural center is still up in the air. City council, received the first report from the Cultural Center Subcommittee this morning. The presentation was delivered by the chair of the… Read More Cultural Center Update
Earlier in March, I commented about how the cultural center debacle was proof of the concerted effort to de-Mexicanize El Paso. As you might remember I pointed out how the cowboy mystique has usurped the original vaquero with a caricature that completely ignores the Mexican culture of El Paso. I also reminded you of the… Read More Further Proof of the de-Mexicanization of El Paso
On Friday, I shared with you how the cultural center name issue has not been settled yet. I also let you know that I would be addressing the issue of whether the taxpayers should be paying for it. That is the other significant discussion point about the proposed cultural center. The discussions range from the… Read More Cultural Center: Why Should the Taxpayers Pay for It?
Judging by the comments on my blog and other comments on social media there is much disinformation about the cultural center going on in the many discussions about it. The majority of it lies on the perception of what the voters voted on. In addition, there is an ongoing discussion about whether the taxpayers should… Read More Cultural Center: What’s In The Name?
Yesterday city council made it official; the city’s cultural center is officially an Hispanic Cultural Center. As you might remember, there has been some controversy on whether the 2012 Quality of Life cultural center was the Hispanic cultural center or the Heritage cultural center. The controversy arose because the ballot labelled the cultural center as… Read More The Hispanic Cultural Center
As if the Glass Beach study wasn’t enough proof that the current public policy agenda is to erase the Mexican influence over El Paso I offer you another example. A significant part of the raging cultural center debate is about allowing the title to reflect anything having to do with Mexico. This is because it… Read More The De-Mexicanization of El Paso
Unfortunately and to the chagrin of some of my friends, it looks like I was right that although the cultural center should have been a simple case of community inclusion and pride it has turned out to be a divisive debacle, El Paso style. The community discussion of the 2012 Quality of Life Cultural Center… Read More The Cultural Center Debacle and Class Discrimination in El Paso
As many of you know, the Hispanic Cultural Center is now becoming a controversy for the city. As is typical in El Paso politics there is much going on in the background that the public is not privy to. The controversy surrounding the proposed cultural center, under the 2012 Quality of Life bonds, is basically… Read More The Backstory to the Cultural Center