By Jesse C. Gonzales
“Pintos” The tag or label pinto when referring to a current prison inmate has been handed down through the decades. Although of European roots, it has evolved in meaning to identify beyond jail or prison enclosures, the members of American society who have served time in prison. At one time, the term was used exclusively in the Southwest among the Hispanic/Chicano population to slur or profane the ex-offender upon his release into the community.
The term became so offensive and hateful that “pintos” often sought each other out as a method of support, and formed …[Read the details]
By Leonard Adame
My dad, a pro boxer before World War II absorbed him, was also a cook. So the Army Air Force decided that he should prepare meals for thousands of GIs three times a day. Soon, he was quite the chef. But after Nagasaki was nuked, ending the war, he mustered out, returned to Fresno and went to work for a couple of local restaurants before he and my uncle opened their own place on Fresno Street. That didn’t last long because the state decided to run Highway 99 through the kitchen and the dining room. Soon, …[Read the details]
Rev. Floyd Harris
By Floyd D. Harris, Jr.
Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr., national president of the National Network in Action, a civil and human rights organization, the Mexican-American Political Association, the Fresno Brown Berets and New Light for New Life Church of God recently held a community rally against police brutality, harassment, racial profiling, excessive force and deadly force.
On a Sunday evening, more than 100 people gathered at the corner of Arthur and Strother avenues, where Jerel Stanfield was shot in the head, leg and back on Easter Sunday. The African-American community came out to …[Read the details]
By Michael Moore
This photo of Emmett Till’s body helped mobilize a movement to end racial injustice. Michael Moore argues that if photos of the children murdered in the Newtown school massacre were released, it would lead to a more rational gun control policy and an assault weapons ban.
The year was 1955. Emmett Till was a young African-American boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi. One day Emmett was seen “flirting” with a White woman in town, and for that he was mutilated and murdered at the age of 14. He was found with part of a …[Read the details]
Dr. Jean Kennedy
By Jean Kennedy
As I reflected on our African-American month of celebrations, it was a little different this year. Along with spending it in the South, my radio shows helped to promote the viewing of Hidden Colors to our listening audience. Several groups got together to view the documentary Hidden Colors 1 and 2.
I was in “Hotlanta” viewing this documentary while several groups in Fresno were also viewing it. Rev. Floyd Harris, Jr., and a few other conscious ministers showed this documentary to their congregations. Because my radio show felt that this documentary would …[Read the details]