If I had a dime for every time I hear Latinos aren’t a monolith, I’d be rich enough to run for mayor of Los Angeles.
Yet news stories about Latinos still largely veer between the tired tentpoles of exploited immigrants and up-from-bootstraps success stories, usually produced by reporters with no roots in their subject and no interest in digging deeper.
This is why I tell Latinos, when they complain about how the media depicts us, to do something about it. Write down or record anecdotes about who you are. Interview the folks who make up your specific community. Then let the rest of the world know about it.
Four books about Latinos in California released this year — perfect Christmas presents for anyone who cares about the state — do just that, proving another time-honored …
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