About MeMy name is Tomás Summers Sandoval. I am a Chicano, a husband, a father of three, and, in my spare time, an asociate professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and History at Pomona College.
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Three years ago on this holiday I posted Fredrick Douglass’ famous address “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” This year, as a flurry of progressive sites in my feed do the same, it’s given me the chance … Continue reading
MLK Day is always a difficult “holiday” for me. As a historian of the 20th century U.S., and as a person who is deeply committed in both my work and personal life to meaningful progress in eradicating racism, I recognize … Continue reading
UPDATE: The DREAM Act did fail cloiture, 55 votes for and 41 against. The DREAM Act goes up for a cloture vote in about an hour from now. It will not meet the 60 vote threshold to move to the … Continue reading
David Hidalgo (1954- ), Louie Pérez (1953- ), Cesar Rosas (1954- ), Conrad Lozano (1951- ), and Steve Berlin (1955- ), collectively known as Los Lobos (East Los Angeles, CA); and Taj Mahal (Massachusetts, 1942-) performing “Highway 51″ (c. 1988).
They say those who do not know their past are doomed to repeat it. I say, those who do not know their past have no future. For what are we if not the bearers of the collective memories and struggles … Continue reading
Check out the findings of fact related to today’s decision, especially from page 60 onward. And this is what it comes down to: all the arguments same-sex marriage opponents use are not provable in a court of law. In fact, … Continue reading
This is a picture of Arturo Rodriguez (UFW President); Sen. Dean Florez (D-Shafter, CA); Msgr. James Murphy (Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament); and scores of farmworkers. They are kneeling in California’s State Capitol building and praying that Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar … Continue reading
I don’t want to summarize the news or to engage in a debate about what the jury did or didn’t do. Ultimately, it is all irrelevant to the situation at hand. Oscar Grant–like scores of others before him–quickly became a … Continue reading
On Sunday, May 16, 2010, Pomona College will celebrate the One Hundred and Seventeenth Commencement ceremony in the College’s history as we graduate the Class of 2010. This year’s commencement speaker will be Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of … Continue reading