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How Louisiana Buried the History of the Nation’s First Black Lieutenant Governor 

Back in 1976, when Brian Mitchell was eight years old, a teacher in his Louisiana school system asked if anyone in the class was related to a famous figure from the state’s history. Mitchell, who had spent his childhood listening to family stories, said he was related to the legendary Oscar James Dunn. But according…

Él llamaba a la Patrulla Fronteriza para reportar a los inmigrantes; conoce a la chica que lo enfrentó

Hace unos años estaba sentada en frente a mi casa con mi familia, cuando de repente vimos pasar un grupo de jeeps camuflajeados por nuestra calle. Todos somos latinos por acá, pero estos tipos no eran como nosotros. Tienen la piel mucho más clara y algunos eran rubios. Era como si el ejército nos estuviera invadiendo.…

The Old Man Who Calls Border Patrol on Immigrants, and the Teen Girl Who Asked Him Why

A couple of years ago I was sitting on my front porch with my family, when suddenly we saw several Jeeps painted in camouflage rumbling down the street. They were driven by men dressed in black and camouflage. We are all Latinos around here, but the men weren’t. They were much lighter skinned, and some even had blonde…

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If This Punk-Rock Democrat Can Win in Texas, Maybe We’re Not Totally Screwed

Beto O’Rourke hasn’t had his coffee yet. It’s 7:30 in the morning in Austin, and the El Paso congressman and Democratic contender for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat looks tired. He should. Just 10 hours ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall over the Texas coast, where it would hammer cities like Corpus Christi, Houston, and…