Latino Voices: The Struggle for Representation in Mass Media

October 10, 2007

University of Texas associate journalism professor and historian Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Filmmaker Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Nationally Syndicated Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and Literary Arts Collective Nuestra Palabra deliver a collective indictment of how mass media are affecting and sometimes destroying the lives of Latinos living in America and the interminable struggle to seize the narrative.

Dr. Maggie Rivas Rodriguez recently made national headlines in her very public battle against PBS and documentarian Ken Burns. Marshaling the collective force of WW2 Latino veterans, families of veterans, and other grass roots organizations through the website Defend the Honor, launched a searing attack against the non-representation of Latinos in Mr. Burns sweeping 14 hour documentary “The War” which aired on PBS. Though Defend the Honor won editorial concessions, it’s clear the war rages on.

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