See on www.mixedracestudies.org
For mtDNA variation, some studies have measured Native American, European and African contributions to Mexican and Mexican American populations, revealing 85 to 90% of mtDNA lineages are of Native American origin, with the remainder having European (5-7%) or African ancestry (3-5%).
See on nativeheritageproject.com
See on 500nations.us
On August 29, 1970, a “Chicano Moratorium” against the war in Vietnam was held in East L.A.
Loyola-Marymount film student Tom Myrdahl shot this documentary, capturing the events that unfolded as law enforcement and protesters clashed in and around Laguna Park. This film has not been seen in nearly 40 years.
Tom, who is still a working cameraman in Los Angeles, is putting this historic film on the web as a tribute to the brave citizens of East L.A. who came together 40 years ago to voice their dissent against the Vietnam War.
In the video:
- “Bronze people with a Bronze culture”
- “We’re not against the black people or the white people. We’re against oppression.”
Note: The Beret has been used as a symbol of fighting oppression going back to
- The British Royal Tank Corps going back to 1918
- Che Guevara as far back as 1959
- The Black Panther Party in 1966
The black beret as a revolutionary symbol -Wikipedia
See on thinkmexican.tumblr.com
No Tildes on Tuesday
Author: Cherrye S. Vasquez
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
No Tuesday for Tildes (2010) is an interesting and refreshing look at the world of language, culture, and identity from a child’s perspective. So often, conversations about language or culture revolve around an adult’s point of view. In this book, the central character makes the argument that these conversations should include children too.
The basic premise of the story is simple. Elizabeth, a girl of Mexican American and White descent, refuses to learn Spanish even though everyone around her believes that it is important for her to do. With this plot, the author (Cherrye S. Vasquez) is able to craft a book that is a worthwhile read for both parents and children. For adults, this book provides the opportunity for parents (especially parents of second-generation Hispanic or multi-racial children) to talk about the sensitive issues of race, ethnicity, and language. For children, this book provides an interesting model in Elizabeth as she raises some important questions about the right of a child to choose their own cultural and ethnic identity and language versus the authority and obligation of their parents to choose one for them.
This does not mean that race is not the only issue in this book. Unlike other children’s books that I have seen dealing with race, this book also deals with other family issues in the context of the race instead of focusing on race exclusively. In other words, it’s not just a “race” book. It is a book about a family issue that includes racial identity. In the midst of the Elizabeth’s argument with her parents, she is also dealing with a move to a new neighborhood and a health concern with her father. This adds additional layers to the books without making it complicated or confusing.
Even though a lot of material is covered, the book is paced well and appropriate language at level children can understand. Overall, it’s a good all-around read for everyone, particularly those families who need or want to have the conversation about identity, language, and changes in the family.
Via Scoop.it – CommunityVillage
“Mexicans were willing to die so blacks could be free. The invasion, led by a more powerful U.S. army against a mostly poor and subjugated Indian population (including lots of African-Mexicans, who make up the great third of Mexico’s racial heritage) killed upwards of 25,000, mostly civilians, when there was less than eight million people. This invasion was soon denounced around the world. The national and international outcry forced the U.S. to back off from taking over all of Mexico and to pay $15 million for more than half of Mexico’s territory (this amounted to less than .002 cents per acre).”