With the firm belief that Latino history is American history, the founding family members of Molina Healthcare have donated $10M to help launch a new wing of Smithsonian that will illustrate stories of how Latinos have contributed to American history. The inaugural exhibitions are set to open in 2021 and will feature rotating exhibits that examine how Latino culture has helped shape the United States. Molina, Inc is based in Southern California and a Fortune 500 company, founded in 1980 by Dr. C. David Molina. Members of congress and community leaders have been pushing for years for the Smithsonian to establish a Latino museum. For those of us who believe that the Latino brand has been unfairly maligned in recent years, this is an important milestone.
We hear frequently how Latinos are not a monolithic community. In other words, we are not all the same. We come from different countries, have a variety of political views, and even eat different foods. I get all of that, but I also think focusing constantly on our differences versus our similarities undermines our political and economic power as a community...
This might be my most provocative blog in a while. Let me first state that I am happily married to a beautiful gringa. My kids are half- White and some of my best friends throughout my life have been White, so don’t let the title of this blog throw you.
A few weeks ago, Twitter was blowing up when John Leguizamo spoke out against the recent casting of James Franco as Fidel Castro in the independent film ‘Alina of Cuba’. Leguizamo took plenty of heat for his stance and was ridiculed by some including Bill Maher.