Esther Cepeda / Politics

Hispanic Independence Movement?

CHICAGO -- Hispanics contemplating the upcoming elections must be wondering: "What now?"

President Obama has shown Hispanics that he takes us for granted. The midterm elections won't feature a "Latino vote" storyline in the most contested high-...

The Token Assessment

CHICAGO -- The inevitable result of affirmative action is contempt for those it is supposed to benefit.

After institutions have been begged, cajoled or scolded into diversifying their ranks, minorities who get the opportunity to bring their ...

The Monolith Myth

CHICAGO -- "Gerardo Lamas, the official spokesman for all Hispanics in the United States, resigned Thursday night," the satirical news site pocho.com deadpanned earlier this month. "'... I'll never be able to please anybody. ... The truth is it's ...

Misreading Hispanic Heritage

CHICAGO -- It's Hispandering Heritage Month, err, I mean Hispanic Heritage Month, once again.

This is a time when -- as the Democratic National Committee put it in their email introduction to daily profiles of Hispanic political candidates -- "we...

Admirals and Generals at War Over Fat

CHICAGO -- Four years after a group of more than 450 retired military leaders released a report called "Too Fat to Fight," chronicling the expanding waistlines of our armed forces, the admirals, generals and others are waging this war anew. Their ...

Pity the Vanishing Bobolink

CHICAGO -- "Bobolink bobolink spink spank spink; call is a metallic pink." This is how my "Birds of Illinois" guide describes the bubbly, musical "voice" of Dolichonyx oryzivorus, known to the ornithologically minded as the bobolink....