By José R. Sánchez, Jan 6, 2010 11:08 AM
Editor's note: This piece originally appeared in the e-newsletter of the National Institute for Latino Policy. José Ramon Sánchez is Associate Professor of Politics and Chair of Urban Studies at Long Island University - Brooklyn; he is also Chair of the Board of the National Institute for Latino Policy, Inc. He is the author of "Boricua Power: A Political History of Puerto Ricans in the U.S." (2007) and co-author of "The Iraq Papers" (2010).
When does one dead Hollywood actor trump another? When does one fierce dead organizer against social injustices trump another? In fact, when does a dead chimp responsible for a hideous attack catapult himself above the life of a dead Mexican anthropologist with over 150 books and articles filled with archaeological and cultural studies about Mayan civilization? For the New York Times the answer seems to be whenever the second option is a Latino.