Hispanics have emerged as the largest ethnic group in the United States in recent years, and the presence of the Latino community has become evident in the overall landscape of the country's population as well as in college enrollments and in their involvement within the business and political sector.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanics who originate from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
In honor of the celebratory month, the following is a list of key Hispanic facts by the numbers. more >>
In the scandalous text messages exchanged by two now former top school officials from the Coatesville Area School district in Pennsylvania, a white female is berated for allegedly having sexual relations with a black colleague and all blacks are shockingly surnamed "N***er."
At an explosive school board meeting on Tuesday the resignations of the two officials, former Superintendent Richard Como and former Director of Athletics and Activities Jim Donato, were formally accepted, according to CBS.
With emotions running high, hundreds of community members shouted that the officials should have been fired instead of being allowed to resign after a document of the scandalous text messages shared between the two men on school issued cell phones were made public in the media. more >>
Nature's Classroom has responded to the outraged parents of an African-American student who portrayed an escaped slave during a school field trip activity that included participants using the n-word. Sandra and James Baker told the Hartford Conn. school board this week that the school activity had left their daughter and other students "terrorized" and had subjected them to "social and emotional abuse."
Nature's Classroom has since responded with a message on its Facebook page defending the school activity, and stating that it was adamently against the use of the n-word, and that it had no record of the word being used that night.
"Our goal is to introduce students to some of the complexities and difficulties surrounding slavery, understand the courage it took to run, the courage it took to assist those running, and to draw connection between discrimination and prejudice then and discrimination and prejudice today," wrote Nature's Classrom Director John Santos. more >>
A Michigan State University professor was pulled from his teaching duties two weeks ago after a secret recording of him telling his students that Republicans were "cheap," dead or dying white people who have "raped this country and gotten everything out if it," was posted on YouTube earlier this month.
In the nearly two-minute video posted by Campus Reform, a conservative collegiate news outlet, creative writing professor William Penn, repeatedly said he meant no offense but ripped in Republicans without mercy.
"If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all those old people with all the dead skin cells washing off them. Uuh…They're cheap. They don't want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could," he told the class. more >>
A Texas pastor encouraged his Hispanic congregation earlier this month to increase their Bible reading time, saying that Bible illiteracy is not only a common issue among Christians in general, but also prevalent in the Latino community.
The Rev. Dr. Jose Daniel Montañez's efforts are part of the "Month of the Bible" campaign, or ¡Saborea la Biblia! plan, an initiative launched by The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the American Bible Society to fight Bible illiteracy among Hispanics.
"I heard about the 'Hispanic America: Faith, Values and Priorities' study from the American Bible Society and realized that some of the statistics about Hispanics not engaging with the Bible resounded clearly and accurately in what I was seeing in my local congregation," Montañez said. more >>
After being slammed as a "terrorist" and mocked on social media with a barrage of racist messages because of her Indian heritage, newly crowned Miss America, 24-year-old Nina Davuluri, is unfazed by the attacks.
"It was an unfortunate experience, but for one negative comment, there were dozens of ... positive remarks and support," Davuluri said during a Fox & Friends interview on Wednesday.
"A lot of that stemmed from ignorance, and that's why my platform is so timely right now," she added. more >>