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Academic Study: Unknown History of Latino Lynchings


Editor: The following is a summary & analysis of Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review article, “Law of the Noose: A History of Latino Lynching” by Richard Delgado.  It is written as an academic paper, but our editorial team determined its content met our editorial standard of  providing our readers with well-researched material on Latinos.   

By Maximo Anguiano

Delgado attempts to shed light on a largely unknown history of Latinos, particularly Mexican-Americans in the Southwest U.S., who were lynched between the years of 1846 and 1925. This is roughly the same time that many Blacks were lynched in the U.S., as well. While many know of the ominous and horrific fate that Blacks and African-Americans saw in the U.S., few know of the lynchings that Latinos were met with. Delgado challenges scholars and institutions by trying to unveil the truth on this shameful past, while exploring the history of these

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Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Puts Latina In International Spotlight

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz may soon face the biggest challenges of her professional career, the prosecution of the one of the men accused in the case

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz will soon face the biggest challenges of her professional career, the prosecution of the one of the men accused in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Bill Sarno


When U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz speaks to Latino students at high schools and colleges in Massachusetts, she stresses that dedication and a commitment to a good education are essential to making their dreams come true.

If the students are looking for a role model, none are better than Ortiz, who grew up a nearly half century ago in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, a  neighborhood rich in Latino culture and music, but also rife with poverty and crime. Not only did she arise from El Barrio to fulfill her dream to become a lawyer, Ortiz has gone on to become Massachusetts’ first female and first Hispanic U.S. attorney.

Currently, she is leading the prosecution of Boston Marathon bombing …

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A Shift In Religious Affiliation In South America


Latin America is home to more than 425 million Catholics – nearly 40% of the world’s total Catholic population – and the Roman Catholic Church now has a Latin American pope for the first time in its history. Yet identification with Catholicism has declined throughout the region, according to a major new Pew Research Center survey that examines religious affiliations, beliefs and practices in 18 countries and one U.S. territory (Puerto Rico) across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Historical data suggest that for most of the 20th century, from 1900 through the 1960s, at least 90% of Latin America’s population was Catholic (See History of Religious Change). Today, the Pew Research survey shows, 69% of adults across the region identify as Catholic. In nearly every country surveyed, the Catholic Church has experienced net losses from religious switching, as many Latin Americans have joined evangelical Protestant churches or rejected organized …

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