Tag: History

Why a Black History Month?

We need a Black History Month because people of color have been relegated to historical footnotes when they can be role models and heroes for children of all skin tones and ethnicities. I know it because it was hard for me to find my own role models, finding only caricatures of Mexican Americans in history and pop culture.

Trying Not to Be a One-Issue Voter

When I first moved to Pennsylvania from Texas, a lot of the people I met up here were surprised to find out that I was a Republican. Several of them told me that they were surprised because I was Hispanic and, in their experience, people of color were not Republicans. Although I tried to tell them that I was closer…

History you should know: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

My wife and I were in San Antonio a few years ago, and we decided to take the tour of the Alamo that everyone seems to take when they visit there. As we walked around the different exhibits, we noticed a mother talking to her young child about what happened during the battle there. “The bad people had the Americans…

Remember September 11th?

When I was in high school, my history teacher went through the story of December 7, 1941. He didn’t start with the events of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Instead, he started with the Japanese Empire’s expansion into China and other parts of Southeast Asia, leading to a blockade from the United States and other Western nations. That blockade threatened…

It’s official: We have forgotten

The first time I heard about the Holocaust was in the sixth grade. Our teacher took us on a field trip to the local Holocaust Museum. It wasn’t much of a museum as it was a display of documents, pictures and artifacts from the Holocaust era at a local Jewish organization. Nevertheless, the whole story of what happened has never…

The old warbirds of World War II

Every year for a few years now, the Collings Foundation has been bringing some World War II planes to the Westminster, Maryland, airport. This weekend, they brought three planes: A B-17 and a B-24 bomber, and a P-51 Mustang. After breakfast with my wife, where we discussed everything from my doctoral thesis proposal to what we’ll be doing in 2016, I headed over to the airport to take some pictures. There was even a random blimp and lots of private planes taking off and landing. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Brothers

“Brother let me be your shelter / I’ll never leave you all alone / I can be the one you call / When you’re feelin’ low / Brother let me be your fortress / When the night winds are driving on / Be the one to light the way / Bring you home” Fourteen years ago, I had just returned from a trip to El Paso. I…

The stories that need to be told

Aside from the work that they do, one of the biggest reasons I absolutely love Doctors Without Borders is their commitment to tell stories form the field. Their written stories, interviews on the radio, and videos put a face to their organization, and they put a face on all the people that they help. Many of the stories that they…

Ebola Crash Course, Part 2: History

This is the second in a series of quick-ish blog posts on Ebola in light of all the stuff going on. Last time, I talked to you about the virology of Ebola, what it is and what it isn’t. The main take-home point from that post is that it is an RNA virus that is tiny, that belongs to a…