Christina Saenz

To Be Counted or Not to Be Counted: The Census and Latinos

This is a big deal that will cause only more problems in the end.

  • Mar 29, 2018
  • 2:06 pm

A Radical Idea: Listening to Trump Supporters

“These are people who are scared, lied to and angry. These are people who have voices.”

  • Mar 8, 2016
  • 10:34 am

The Respectability Politics of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio

How both Cuban-American senators are trying to win the Republican nomination by downplaying their Latino immigrant identities, and how that should hurt them in the general election.

  • Feb 8, 2016
  • 11:12 am

Water in Flint’s Latino Neighborhoods Show Higher Traces of Lead

During the Flint water crisis, the state and city have neglected and were desensitized to the particular concerns of Latinos.

  • Jan 25, 2016
  • 5:30 pm

The Meaning of Brown in ‘Master of None’

For a show as POC-friendly as Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix hit, ‘Master of None,’ the lack of Latino cast members (and the whitewashing of one) is awkward.

  • Dec 6, 2015
  • 10:16 am

Is There an ICE Detention Center and Hunger Strike Near You? (MAP)

An interactive map shows all of the immigrant detention centers in the United States and where hunger strikes have occurred.

  • Nov 11, 2015
  • 9:35 am

The Global Legacy of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez

My own Selena story started long before she became a legend.

  • Mar 31, 2015
  • 9:47 am

The School-to-Deportation Pipeline?

Earlier this month in Virginia, Richmond School Superintendent Dr. Dana T. Bedden issued an apology for a February 2013 incident involving the bag searches of Latino students. The students reported that the school staff threatened deportation. While the apology was long overdue and accepted by the students, it was an admission to guilt of the […]

  • Mar 20, 2015
  • 11:05 am

Immigration Status Is No Laughing Matter

Sean Penn may have only the best intentions to tease his buddy Alejandro González Iñárritu and get a light-hearted comedic relief, but intentions can only take one so far. Intentions do not always translate to impact. I agree with fellow Latino Rebels contributor Hector Luis Alamo that Penn has used his celebrity status to bring resources to […]

  • Feb 24, 2015
  • 12:09 am

Vox Article on Latino Immigrants Latest Example of Media’s Diversity Problem

In yet another example of a news outlet where a non-Latino attempts to report on Latinidad, Dara Lind’s Vox article attempts to jump from data to analysis without digging deeper or at least presenting a more authentic picture of the original study Lind cites. If you read the title of the article, “Grandkids of Latino immigrants […]

  • Feb 19, 2015
  • 9:07 am

Democrats’ Game of Chicken: Executive Action for Deportation & Loretta Lynch’s Nomination

The Obama-led Democratic party is playing a game of chicken with the GOP, and the real losers will be us people of color yet again. With a few legislative days left before Democratic-majority Senate leaves for the holiday break and will be transformed into a Republican-majority Senate in January 2015, Democratic Leader Harry Reid will […]

  • Nov 21, 2014
  • 1:16 pm

Who and What the Hell Is a White Hispanic?

Since The New York Times’ ridiculous piece in May claiming that more Latinos are identifying as “white” between the 2000 and 2010 Census, Latino and non-Latino commentators alike have been weighing in on the many shades of color within the Latino community and the role of the “white Hispanic” within it. An intense discussion about […]

  • Sep 25, 2014
  • 9:30 am

My Ethnicity Is Not Your Halloween Costume

Halloween is a chance to break the routine. Parents who would typically not allow their kids to eat candy let them have a free-for-all for sugar. Children, teens, and young adults have a respite from everyday identities by becoming vampires, cats, and nurses. Halloween is a chance to try out a different identity than your […]

  • Oct 31, 2013
  • 12:26 pm