Martin Luther King Jr. by Marvin Koner

Style and Substance (or, At Least Three Things You Don’t Say To A Man of Color)

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Moments like this make me want to ask, “Who ASKED you?!” Some of my frustration lately stems from the perception that making something look easy equates to the task actually being easy. Especially as it pertains to the site and everything surrounding it. The design, the content, the schedule, the photos, and the accompanying branding come together as pieces to a greater vision, one that hopefully pushes others to also …

Race and Intellect, or Except for You, You’re The Smart One [Unreleased]

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

This week, I’m releasing some of the pieces I’ve written that never saw the light of day for different reasons. Here’s the second. Release Date: 12/03/2012 Dear New Teacher, A few questions to ask now that you’ve gotten your feet wet at your job: How many friends of color do you have in your circle? How often have you interacted with one, and not in a I-follow-Diddy-on-Twitter sorta way? Are …

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Administrators of Color: Selling Out or Buying In? [From The Vault]

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

This week, I’m releasing some of the pieces I’ve written that never saw the light of day for different reasons. Here’s the first. Date: 5/10/12 Someone told me recently, “I think these kids respond better to males than females, especially as teachers.” That hasn’t been my experience, but I let them proceed. “It’s like, some of these kids need guidance or someone to look up to in school, and there’s …

The Latino Namesake

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

I landed in Orlando / Cocoa Beach a few hours ago, and had the fortune of getting a van all to myself to escort me to the hotel. On such occasions, I usually don’t think about the privilege I have to work in an environment where my boss places cultural barriers on my person. As for my driver, that wasn’t the case. I read his name tag: Domingo, same as …

U Black, Maybe [AfroLatino, Part Two]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

When we talk about black maybe We talk about situations Of people of color and because you are that color You endure obstacles and opposition And not all the time from … from other nationalities Sometimes it comes from your own kind Or maybe even your own mind You get judged … you get laughed at…you get looked at wrong You get sighted for not being strong The struggle of …

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On Ridiculous Assertions By [Some] White Liberals

Jose Vilson Jose 34 Comments

Oh well-meaning “liberals,” you sound ridiculous even when you don’t realize it. I’d be more offended if I didn’t hear some of the nonsense from Black people, too. Whenever you say things like, What we need is more vocational schools and alternative schools so that our lower functioning kids can at least have a chance at being productive members of society.” it usually means no-good very-bad racist things you’re probably …

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Living Quisqueya

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

This past weekend, I spent some time with my Dominican parents. To be specific, my Dominican mother and stepfather, both of whom enjoy the Dominican satellite channels offered on Time Warner Cable. They’ll watch shows rooted in guttural comedy, scantily-clad voluptuous women, and nationalism sprinkled throughout the programming. They laugh, shake, dance, and yell at the television, even when the situation doesn’t call for it. My parents respond to the …

The Education Race Man On Black History Month 2011 (Exhibit V)

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

Normally, I don’t start posts like this, but imagine my annoyance at another misinformed message regarding Black History Month, this time from an unlikely source. Not sure who first posted it, but in the video, Morgan Freeman asserts two points: Black history is American history, so we shouldn’t relegate the history to a month. To an extent, it’s true, but then … The best way to get rid of racism …

Dominican Republic and Haiti from Space

My Race: Defining The Undefinable

Jose Vilson Jose 17 Comments

For those that haven’t pieced it together from the plethora of race essays I’ve written here and elsewhere, I self-identify racially as a Black Latino. I’ve found it’s probably the most appropriate title for this idiosyncratic, deeply political experience I carry. It was probably what I might call the difference between compromising my understanding of race in this country and the world without compromising myself. I understand the skin I’m …

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And Who Doesn’t Want To Be Latino?!

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

Something about getting a toasted roll with butter and coffee with three sugars (tostada y cafe con leche for those keeping up) in the morning makes me feel Latino, especially when the guy who I just heard speak Spanish looks up at me and says, “One seventy-five.” Or when I’m in an elevator and two people opt to speak Spanish to say something private to each other; one of them …