he other day a colleague called it to my attention that I was wearing New Balance so in some way I was breaking a boycott. I pointed out that they were the only shoes I had. In retrospect I was becoming so gringo. I have never been for the indiscriminate application of boycotts. In 2010, […]
Rodolfo F. Acuña: The message was that Mexicans are dumb and we don’t give a damn what you think. At times, therefore, I acted like a rattler. CSUN Chicano Studies
Rodolfo F. Acuña: The common sense is that the political spectrum has shifted from the left to the middle and the middle to the right. Today fascism is an accepted part of the conservative norm. The old left has a faint heartbeat.
nderstanding memory is vital to your health. An abundance of clichés such as the present is “the future and the past is the present” have been floated around. Karl Marx and Jacques Derrida added insights to the importance of memory and how it establishes a philosophy of liberation. Memories of injustice remind us what we […]
Rudy Acuña: Americans believe that they have the best medical care in the world, which is true only if you have money or the standard is the worse.
Rudy Acuña: My current dragon is Impaction, which is to limit the access of transfer and freshman admits over the next five years by 1 percent a year. That does not seem so severe, but for the fact that those most apt to be cut are Latinos and Blacks.
Rudy Acuña: Land speculation is part of the culture of the City of the Angels; it pits developers against homeowners and landlords against renters. Billions if not trillions of dollars have been made bulldozing people.
Rudy Acuña: My research on Mexican society has led me to explore the water question and has prepared me to appreciate the present crisis in California and throughout the world.
Rudy Acuña: Americans cannot afford to keep looking at the region as a commodity. Mexicans and Latin Americans are not objects and a source of profit.
Rudy Acuña: As a movement, we will not be able to go beyond the 1960s as long as we forget that it is the actions and not the protagonists that are important.
Rudy Acuña: CSUN prides itself in being an Hispanic Serving Institution. It has gotten a lot of mileage from it. However, I have not seen the administration reaching out to students and fully informing them of the dangers of impaction.
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.
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.