April 30, 1990 |
Go to the filthy, decrepit parts of North Philadelphia in which most of the city's Hispanic population lives. Listen to their anger, listen to their frustration, listen to their fears. They say they complain again and again about living with trash, rats, drugs, crime, police harassment, decaying housing, ethnic hatred. But nobody helps, they say. Nobody listens, nobody cares. "There is a lack of faith in government institutions, generally speaking," said Israel Colon, assistant to City Councilman Angel Ortiz.
March 6, 1993 |
Was Roberto Clemente Hispanic? Was he black? How about Jose Canseco? Or Fernando Valenzuela? Clemente was both Hispanic and black - Puerto Rican, to be specific. Valenzuela, who is Mexican, is also Hispanic; he is a mestizo. And Canseco, a white Cuban, is a Hispanic too. Defining who is what race can sometimes be clear cut and unambiguous. In other cases it can be a prickly, inexact matter. But one thing is clear: a Hispanic can be of any race. Yet that's something this country is completely confused about.
February 22, 1987 |
"Presente el pase al oficial de la entrada. " "Remueva todo articulo de sus bolsillas. " "Proceda por el detector de metal. " The stenciled signs hang above the entry gate to Graterford Prison, and when you do what they say - present your pass to the gate officer, remove all articles from your pockets, and proceed through the metal detector - you can see that Graterford, like prisons and jails across the country, is not as black and...
January 26, 1998 |
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia, couldn't remain silent anymore. The spiritual leader of a great portion of Christians in one of the most segregated cities in the United States finally decided to speak out, taking a necessary stand on the issue of racism. The cardinal branded racism as "a moral disease, highly contagious," whose "carriers infect others in countless ways through words and attitudes, deeds and omissions . . . "It operates silently," he added in a pastoral letter, "in strategies of self-interest and structured in patterns of discrimination.
February 29, 1992 |
While looking for a movie at a video store the other day, I heard the man behind the counter slowly raise his voice in anger as he spoke on the telephone. "No, no, not here . . . maybe at our second store. It isn't here, ma'am . . . the other store is closed now . . . closed. No, ma'am . . . No! . . . closed. It is closed. " A pause. "Your VCR is being fixed at our other store, and it's closed. Goodbye. " I watched from across the aisle, standing by a tape rack as the man hung up the phone.
September 25, 1990 |
Black and Hispanic students are being held back at a greater rate than white and Asian students, according to Board of Education statistics released yesterday. The new data show that four of five students from first to eighth grade were promoted last June - the city's highest promotion rate in five years. But the disparity among racial groups has school officials and community leaders concerned. Asian students had the highest promotion rate (89 percent), followed by whites (86 percent)
July 14, 1995 |
They say some things don't change, but pharmacist Fred Gold means much more to the so-called "Golden Block" than that tired cliche. Thirty years have brought wholesale change to the Hispanic business district and surrounding neighborhood, but Gold has stood his ground, managing the same Cambria Pharmacies Inc. store at 2860 N. 5th St. throughout that time. Gold, 62, will be honored Tuesday by the Fifth Street Business Association for standing by the neighborhood through change that has not always been kind.
November 2, 1986 |
Ruben Blades, salsa singer and star of Crossover Dreams, now filming The Milagro Beanfield War here, regards this film as a crossover dream realized. "It's such a pleasure to be part of a movie that doesn't go for cheap laughs or ethnic stereotypes," says Blades about Milagro, the first big- budget Hollywood film to focus on the political conflict between Anglos and Chicanos. He plays Milagro's sheriff, Bernabe Montoya. "Typically, I get scripts where they want me to play Paco, the baddest drug dealer in Miami's Little Havana.
October 14, 1997 |
As a new American citizen, Jose Moreno knows he has to improve his English and get more training to fulfill his dream of a secure job with good benefits. But to study, Moreno would have to cut back his hours as a parking attendant. And he and his wife support a family of six, including three children newly arrived from their native El Salvador. "I'm a little stuck," said Moreno, 46, who lives in suburban Washington. This month's census reports on income and poverty paint a picture of a Latino population in an economic bind, much as Jose Moreno is. The figures show that Latinos lag further behind whites than in previous decades, and by some measures, they trail African Americans.
February 6, 1986 |
A federal judge has signed an order formalizing an agreement under which the city will pay $45,000 to a group of Hispanic citizens who were rounded up by police after the slaying of a Philadelphia policeman in May. U.S. District Judge Clarence J. Newcomer signed the order by which the city will pay $548.78 to each of the 82 Hispanics who joined in a suit filed against the city by the community group, Spring Garden United Neighbors. The civil rights suit, filed June 6, contended that Hispanics were "detained, questioned, threatened, coerced, arrested and assaulted" by police after the killing of Officer Thomas Trench.