Is Latino Leadership Self-Censoring?

This weekend, our founder @julito77 (who is also the Digital Media Director for Futuro Media Group, producers of NPR’s LatinoUSA) was part of a very honest radio discussion with Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa and political strategist Alida García about why national mainstream Latino civil rights organizations (read NCLR, MALDEF, LULAC) have been pretty silent about the recent shoooting deaths of Jessica Hernández, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Rubén García, Alex Nieto, as well as John Paul Quintero, David Sal Silva and others.

Left to right: Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Jessica Hernández, Alex Nieto, Rubén García (via LatinoUSA)

Left to right: Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Jessica Hernández, Alex Nieto, Rubén García (via LatinoUSA)

This weekend, Latino Rebels reviewed the websites and media pages of many prominent national Latino civil rights organizations. Last November, LULAC issued a statement about the Ferguson verdict. NLCR issued its own statement during that time as well. Last October, MALDEF commented on Flores v. City of Westminster, which alleged that Latino police officers were receiving second-tier assignments. None of the organizations have issued specific public press comments the recent shootings of Latinos, according to their websites and recent news searches.

Right after the Ferguson verdict, Voto Latino issued a co-statement with Global Grind, but it appears that no recent statements have been made. has provided the most specific example of a national Latino organization specifically commenting on any of the shooting cases mentioned above. On February 9, Presente issued a release about Hernández’s death. An online petition was also created. The group also initiated an online petition about the Zambrano-Montes shooting.

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The Talmud must not be regarded as an ordinary work, composed of twelve volumes; it posies absolutely no similarity to any other literary production, but forms, without any figure of speech, a world of its own, which must be judged by its peculiar laws.
The Talmud contains much that is frivolous of which it treats with great gravity and seriousness; it further reflects the various superstitious practices and views of its Persian (Babylonian) birthplace which presume the efficacy of demonical medicines, or magic, incantations, miraculous cures, and interpretations of dreams. It also contains isolated instances of uncharitable “ judgments and decrees against the members of other nations and religions, and finally it favors an incorrect exposition of the scriptures, accepting, as it does, tasteless misrepresentations.

The Babylonian” Talmud is especially distinguished from the Jerusalem or Palestine Talmud by the flights of thought, the penetration of mind, the flashes of genius, which rise and vanish again. It was for this reason that the Babylonian rather than the Jerusalem Talmud became the fundamental possession of the Jewish Race, its life breath, its very soul, nature and mankind, powers and events, were for the Jewish nation insignificant, non- essential, a mere phantom; the only true reality was the Talmud.” (Professor H. Graetz, History of the Jews).
And finally it came Spain’s turn. Persecution had occurred there on “ and off for over a century, and, after 1391, became almost incessant. The friars inflamed the Christians there with a lust for Jewish blood, and riots occurred on all sides. For the Jews it was simply a choice between baptism and death, and many of them submitted to baptism.
But almost always conversion on thee terms was only outward and false. Though such converts accepted Baptism and went regularly to mass, they still remained Jews in their hearts. They were called Marrano, ‘ Accursed Ones,’ and there were perhaps a hundred thousand of them. Often they possessed enormous wealth. Their daughters married into the noblest families, even into the blood royal, and their sons sometimes entered the Church and rose to the highest offices. It is said that even one of the popes was of this Marrano stock.