Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The New Irish

A post on L.A. Observed tells of a new visiting fellow slot on the LAT editorial board. The first up is the New America Foundation's Gregory Rodriguez - a brilliant Angeleno writer and political commentator.

Which reminds me that I meant to post his latest Newsweek article on how and why Mexican-Americans are the new Irish, politically speaking - framing his discussion with Villaraigosa's recent election:

Villaraigosa's political ascent is a metaphor for the maturation of Mexican-American politics—a process that is more evolutionary than revolutionary, and, at bottom, a classic American story of ethnic integration into the mainstream.
While the question of Mexican-American assimilation is certainly contentious (within and without the Mexican-American community), Rodriguez is the one writer with whom I most frequently agree. His take here is educated, reasoned, and most importantly, couched in history - a rare treat compared to much of today's race and ethnic commentary.

I'm glad an Angeleno gets the first crack at this new fellowship position with the Times - throughout the mayoral contest, there was a bit too much East Coast spin and reaction in the paper.

2 comments:

cstrait said...

Are you going to talk about the soon to be LA Union Secretary and the chance at your bosses come back?

cd said...

scroll, crystal, scroll . . .

http://www.phoblographer.com/2005/06/tidbit-for-thought.html

it was the first thing i posted today.

comeback implies he left. he may not have been speaker, but my boss is always big player. ;)