Esther Cepeda / Politics

Liberated by Halloween

CHICAGO -- Death is all around me. The bleached bones of a desiccated human skeleton are scattered across my neighbor's front yard. Rotting skulls, eviscerated rib cages and decomposing corpses twist in the wind during my neighborhood strolls.

It...

The Reason for Dress Codes

CHICAGO -- Rarely does a day go by that I'm not grateful I no longer have to deal with the pain of enforcing dress codes in public schools.

I remember wishing to be delivered from this torture multiple times a day when I was a high school teacher...

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...