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.

The Zapatistas Were Right!

Zapatistas Protest

Rudy Acuña: In the case of NAFTA, the Zapatistas were right and the lambs were wrong. History will judge their silence. The mea culpas of the Bill Clinton as well as the remorse of the Robert McNamara after the Vietnam War will ring hollow.

Dying Communities, Forgotten Memories

Dying Communities

Rudy Acuna: A community allows us to build strategies for analysis, for action and for change. Examining political and economic factors from the concrete base of the community allows for development of more effective strategies for change.

The New Year: Corruption of the Norm?

Building a Communal Identity

Rudy Acuña: History tells us that as the norms shift right belief systems change and corruption is more acceptable, e.g., the Gilded Age, the 1920s, 1950s and the worst of times — today.

North Korea and Mexicans: Is Stereotyping Racist?

Is The Interview Racist

Rodolfo F. Acuña: Stereotyping of any sort is offensive. Pascal and Rudin’s emails go a long way in explaining why there are so few browns and blacks in Hollywood. For 60 years I have picketed racial stereotypes in movies, something that has existed from the movies earliest days.

Immigration Reform: If It Stinks, Light a Match

Obama Immigration Action

Rudy Acuna: Watching the White House playing out the immigration scenario has been like watching a schoolyard toughie tell someone repeatedly, “I am going to beat you up.” About the 20th time he sings the same old song you want to say to him, “Well, just do it!”

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?

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