What's this about?

What's this about?

This blog is not about the animal. This blog is writing by a Latino. A writer. An English teacher. A man who once lived in Chicago's 26th Street neighborhood.

My blog's title comes from a converstion I had with my friend Tony Laurel. When we met at an English teachers' meeting about a year ago, he said I was the only other Latino English teacher he knew: "We're white rhinos." According to National Geographic, there are about 11,000 white rhinos struggling to survive in the wild.

Unlike the animal, Latino English teachers are not an endangered species--there have never been many of us in the Chicago Public Schools. And we know the low number of Latinos with college degrees in our city.

I have a perspective that, like the white rhino, must fight to exist.

This is a challenge to myself: I must write. The writing here will include my responses, reflections, reactions to Latino- and education-related issues. Occasionally, I will promote others' writing, too. I will reveal my perspective without compromising the privacy of others. My goal is to post a couple times each month.

I invite you to read. Comment on my posts. Follow this blog by e-mail. And write.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Trouble at Home: How Should Parishes Respond to Domestic Violence?

As I searched for a subject for my next post, I came across this article written by the former pastor at my parish, St. Pius V in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.  Known for its progressive approaches to Catholicism, this parish provides numerous support services.  A well-recognized program helps couples, women mostly, who are dealing with domestic violence.

This topic is, unfortunately, too well known to our Latino students.  This article provides a perspective that challenges out-dated, irrelevant religious philosophies and reminds us that domestic violence cannot be tolerated and should not be ignored--even if culturally we are raised to ignore others' domestic disputes.

I'm interrupting my writing to share this article because of the important work my church does.  Even if you are not a religious person, please read the article for the sake of social consciousness.

To read the article, follow this link:

http://www.uscatholic.org/life/everyday-spirituality/2011/07/trouble-home-how-should-parishes-respond-domestic-violence