Rodolfo F. Acuña

rodolfo acunaRodolfo F. Acuña is the founding Chairperson of the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University, Northridge and author of Occupied America.

Mexico’s Human Rights Record: “This Is Not 1993″

Mexico Human Rights Record

Rudy Acuña: When I learned that California State University Northridge was negotiating a deal with the University of Mexico (UNAM) on numerous occasions, I warned the administration that Mexico had a horrible human rights record and that signing such as agreement without voicing objections could come back to bite them in the ass, which has happened in the case of the 43 disappeared normalistas.

Why Menudo Is White?

Sonoran White Menudo

Rudy Acuña: Like most grad students of my time, my priority was to select a topic on the real Mexico, which of course meant Mexico City. Without knowing it I was committing the sin of the chilango believing that the provincias had little to offer.

The Devil Never Sleeps, So Play On

Tlatelolco Massacre

Rudy Acuña: The victories of the Mexican team should be celebrated but not hide the memories of the Tlatelolco massacre or the raising of the black power fists that happened in 1968 while others were celebrating.

Mexican or American?

Mexican American Teacher

Rudy Acuña: White Americans of my generation questioned, why would anyone want to be anything but American? Everyone wanted to come to America, didn’t they?

Time for a Latino President?

Latino President

Rudy Acuña: Hardly had the nomination for HUD Secretary been made before the drums began beating for a Latino President with most forgetting that Julian Castro is only 39 years old and his resume is as thin as Barack Obama’s whose notoriety was based on a sole convention speech.

Latinos and Public Education

Latinos and Public Education

Rudy Acuña: California politicos are encouraging an insidious policy of divide and conquer, pitting the Asian community against the Latino and other minority communities. This has led to some Asian American leaders thinking affirmative action will discriminate against them.

Academe as a Plantation: A False Consciousness

Exploiting Part-Time Teachers

Rudy Acuña: In Chicana/o studies department some teach at two and three other campuses to eke out a living. The result is they parachute in and out of the university, and students in most cases do not get the benefit of office hours.

Say It Ain’t So, Monte!

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Rodolfo F. Acuña: Have we learned nothing from the sixties when report after report concluded that these alleged type of tactics disaffected and produced militancy rather than promoting collegiality.

The Trojan Horse: How It Destroys Chicano Studies

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Chicano Studies at CSUN: Brown students wanting to know about Mexico will have to learn about it through white professors.

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