Expressing Brown pride is not racist. What these youth demonstrated is pride in their culture and in themselves. It’s no different than a student who wears green, or an Irish flag, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
As a disciple of Reaganomics and a proponent for a strong nation, the choice was clear: I registered as a Republican. Through the years I never imagined the journey that decision would bear in my life. As a student of political science at a very liberal university, I was accosted by fellow students and even faculty. As a Youth Advisory Council representative to Mayor Tom Bradley, I was an anomaly as a Latino Republican. Many chucked in confusion. But I have left the Republican Party for becoming a rudderless entity that has been overtaken by nativists and coincidentally can’t even agree on who will be speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gil Cedillo explains why he didn’t resign as a member of the Los Angeles City Council after being caught up in the leaked audio scandal that led to the resignation of former Council President Nury Martinez and calls for Council Member Kevin de León to step down, too.
Being biracial always used to be something that felt so weird for me. It has been difficult to really “fit” in on either side, and the most common question is always, “What do you feel you are more of?”
It’s past time that Kevin de León resign. Regardless of who is at fault in this shameful altercation witnessed by children, his presence on the City Council is a continued distraction and offense.
Tenoch Huerta Mejía is vocal critic of racism, colorism and supporter of Brown pride, the title of his newly released book, “Orgullo Prieto.”
If you don’t like candidates from either party then it’s important that we put forth and support candidates who actually have values that include support for human rights, immigrant rights, workers rights, women’s rights and more.