Colorlines Magazine

National, multi-racial newsmagazine with articles focusing on race, culture, and politics.

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 3, Fall

A Fighting Chance
These days everyone seems to be spoiling for a fight. Clinton climbing back in the ring with Limbaugh. The ghost of Reagan against the phantom menace of evil empire past. All of Western civilization, if Samuel Huntington is to be believed, in an epic...
A Good Read: With a Pulitzer in Tow, Ethnic Publishing Imprints Are on the Rise. What Will That Mean for Books by and about People of Color?
I couldn't quite believe it when I got the call that HarperCollins was interested in the book I was developing with my friend, Robyn Moreno--before we'd even written a proposal. We had been working on a collection of essays on the modern Latina experience...
Between Two Americas: In the Post-Sept. 11 Era, State and Local Governments Are Being Forced to Choose Sides on the Immigrant Rights Debate
Philadelphia, San Francisco, Alaska, and Vermont are among the 120-plus cities and states that have passed resolutions denouncing the Patriot Act as a "threat to fundamental rights." Yet Alabama, Colorado and Los Angeles County are seeking arrangements...
Even in Canada: A High-Profile Government Sting That Targeted 24 South Asian Men Has Set off National Controversy and a Vibrant, Immigrant-Led Defense
Early on the morning of August 14, 2003, 24 South Asian men awoke to the sound of their doors getting smashed in. Through a sting operation known as Project Thread where Canadian intelligence agencies sought out potential terrorist cells, police stormed...
Gaily Ever After: Is Gay Marriage the New Civil Rights Struggle or Has It Co-Opted a Legacy?
That night, the room was packed at the gay community center in New York's Greenwich Village. Surely something had to be done. Bush had announced his support for a proposed federal amendment that would effectively ban gay marriage. [ILLUSTRATION...
Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua 1942-2004
Internationally acclaimed cultural theorist, creative writer and independent scholar Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua passed away on May 15, 2004, from diabetes-related complications. One of the boldest feminist thinkers and social justice activists of our...
Hit the Ground Swinging: With the Highest Disapproval Rating of the President and the Lowest Voting Averages, Young People Have the Potential to Swing This Election-And Organizers Are Tapping into Them with Campaigns High on Energy and Low on Cynicism
Every step out of the New York subway is "bombed" with the name of a swing state. "Ohio ... Wisconsin ... Florida ..." take you up into the sunshine. At the top, scrawled in graffiti script is the message: "Have you called your friends in these states?...
Kicked off the Dial: The New Liberal Radio Empire Has Pissed off More Than Just Rush Limbaugh by Leasing Time on Ethnic Radio Stations
Air America Radio, the new liberal network, might be bent on destroying the right wing's dominance of talk shows, but it has perhaps a more troubling problem: securing spots on the airwaves for broadcasting. With media ownership increasingly in the...
Missing Jose: The Day California Lost Its Latinos, and Cried about It
Early on in the new film A Day Without a Mexican, a senator's wife picks up two Latinos at a street corner and hires them to paint the family mini-mansion. When the senator explodes--is she trying to ruin him politically?--the manicured fake blond...
Neo-Liberation: As South Africa Celebrates Its First Decade of Freedom, the Country Struggles with Deepening Economic Apartheid and Conflicts with the ANC
In the wake of South Africa's elections and in the midst of nationwide celebrations of the "First Decade of Freedom" from apartheid rule, various political and social forces within South Africa are assessing the gains of the last 10 years and the challenges...
Popularity, Privilege and the White Populists Who Populate the Airwaves
After the sixth book arrived in the mail, I realized something might be going on here. Stupid White Men; Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, Does Anyone Have a Problem With That: The Best of Politically Incorrect; Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:...
Race Records
Shortly after 9/11, this crew of concerned New Yorkers wandered from their respective sounds (punk, jazz, pop) and found a common purpose in American Roots music. The sextet's debut is a delightful, heartening blend of blues, gospel, bluegrass and...
Running on Race: In One of the Country's Most-Watched Elections, Barack Obama May Be Defining a New Kind of Racialized Candidacy as He Tries to Become the Third Black U.S. Senator in History
Barack Obama didn't intend to take over the meeting, but that's what ended up happening. It was a few weeks after he had rolled to a surprisingly wide victory over six rivals in the Illinois Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, and he was driving around...
Straight from the Barrios: Argentina's TV Piquetera Is Transforming Broadcast Media into an Instrument of the Poor
The flyers, hung throughout the barrio, show a photograph of an unemployed worker: his face covered by a bandanna T-shirt as he climbs a telephone pole with an antenna in his hand. It's an advertisement for TV piquetera, a broadcast that is transforming...
The Rise and Fall of the BJP; in Little More Than 20 Years, the Hindu Right Had Gone from Being on the Fringe of Indian Politics to One of the Nation's Most Powerful Parties. How Were They Finally Defeated?
Human rights activist Teesta Setalvad counts May 13, 2004 as one of the happiest days of her life. It was the day that the Indian National Congress scored a resounding victory in the Parliamentary elections, defeating the right-wing Bharatiya Janata...
What a Bargain: The Widespread Practice of Plea Bargaining Has Increased Repercussions for People of Color Who End Up Literally Signing Away Their Lives on the Dotted Line
At one time he was known as Tim Jefferson (name has been changed), the youngest child of a black middle-class family. A 34-year-old college graduate who studied mortuary science, he was employed as a licensed mortician. He would quip: "It's not the...
Who We Are: Suheir Hammad Answers Samuel Huntington, Whose Controversial New Book Blames Latino Immigration for Causing an American Identity Crisis
Samuel P. Huntington's new book, Who Are We? could also be called The Hispanic Panic, or Adios Amigos, or even Selena was no Marilyn. A decade after promising the Clash of Civilizations, Mr. Huntington is back, to remind us of the purity, honor and...