Luis Ramirez and Son

Tell Your Fucking Mexican Friends To Get The Fuck Out of Shenandoah

Jose Vilson Jose

… or you’ll be laying next to him. That’s what Luis Ramirez’ murderers told his friends after killing him. And that’s why this post-racial talk is simply pure nonsense. I get it: we have a Black president, and we have the first____ and the first ____ in ____ and _____. While I get tired of the “first” attribute when it comes to racial achievement, it has its place. We’re only …

Misconceptions about the News

Comforting the Afflicted and Afflicting the Comfortable

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

There’s a famous quote that journalists learn every so often when it comes to the news: ” The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” – Finley Peter Dunne It seems to be the general theme that I come across when I talk to newsies and other affiliates about the profession of news delivering. On the one end, journalists are entrusted by millions across …

Hooray Accountability …

Jose Vilson 3 Comments

I like sitting down listening to Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and thinking whether they had a worry in the world while smoking their drugs in their recording sessions. At the time of that song’s creation, they were already considered geniuses, so they didn’t really have “bosses,” or anyone to really hold them accountable outside of their mothers. The same can’t be said for the average worker in NYC these days. …

A Tale of Two Lower East Siders

Jose Vilson 6 Comments

I’m a resident Lower East Sider. I don’t teach around here, but my heart, soul, and body still resides here. So when news from this area comes out, my ears perk up. We’ve had some of the more peculiar and iconic events happen around these parts, yet they hardly get recognized because 1) people didn’t care too much about our hood or 2) it’s become the mecca of immense gentrification, …

1,572 Since Mission Accomplished

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Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” signs off his show with, “That is Countdown for this, the _ _ _ _ th day since the declaration of ‘Mission Accomplished’ in Iraq. I’m Keith Olbermann. Good night and good luck.” As of today, it’s been 1,572 days since that day (5/1/2003), 1,608 days since the start of the war (3/20/2003), and 1 president. We still have the same commander-in-chief. …

100 More Years of Solitude

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Over the last couple of months, I’ve been reading 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez (great book, just takes some getting used to), and the central theme of the book is the idea that life simply works in cycles: it doesn’t just move forward, but plays hopscotch with its past. While that may not seem like a detriment in the general sense, the characters might have had a …