Esther Cepeda / Politics

The Reparations Difference

CHICAGO -- In his 2004 book "The Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What It Means for America," author Nicolas C. Vaca shatters the myth of a Rainbow Coalition among minorities.

Paraphrasing Latino activist ...

A Book For the Ages

CHICAGO -- When the celebrated Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez died two months ago at the age of 87, I barely had a clue who he was.

In over two decades' worth of formal education and countless other years of devouring literature for the ...

Watching Our Language

CHICAGO -- How well should residents of the United States speak English?

That's a tough question, one to which few social scientists have paid much attention. Probably because it's widely understood that speaking fluently enough to communicate ...

The Wrong Spin on College Loans

CHICAGO -- Offering spin to the painfully real problem of life-altering student debt is not helpful to the young people whose favor President Obama hopes to gain.

But this didn't stop Obama from pretending that his administration is offering ...

Reality Check on Immigration Reform

CHICAGO -- We know that diversity is a source of strength. Yet sometimes it's also a challenge.

I'm thinking of the "Hispanic community," which I've placed in quotes because both parts of this umbrella term are heavily contested. Not only is ...

Troubles in Sisterhood

CHICAGO -- Citing Merriam-Webster lexicographers who noticed their online dictionary searches for the word "misogyny" skyrocketed in the wake of the mass killing in Isla Vista, Calif., The Wall Street Journal's language columnist Ben Zimmer ...