Browsing All Posts filed under »Hispanics and Latinos«

The Banana Republics

May 4, 2023


Some of you may be wondering what a “banana republic” is. You can look it up in Wikipedia but be careful, since the first definition that pops up is to an upscale clothing store with lots of boobs and legs, although there are other outfits marketed for everybody from babies to men. Keep on scrolling […]

There’s a Hispanic Living in My House

May 17, 2022


Years ago, when growing up in Lima, Peru I knew more or less that I was a little gringuito. That’s gringo in the diminutive or little gringo. If you still don’t know what a “gringo” is, that’s what we Americans are called in Latin America. It’s a common term in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world […]

Social Justice

March 22, 2022


“Social justice” is a phrase bandied about these days, largely by politicians and idealogues of the Left when trying to come to grips with what they believe and espouse. Those of the Right also have their challenges when defining terms like liberty and freedom. Most of these words like justice, freedom, liberty, etc. have lots […]

Biden Administration to Deliver Peace and Prosperity to Central America, Part 1

April 12, 2021


This is part 1 of a two-part Port Rail on the history of the Americas, North, Central, and South, and the current immigration crisis or challenge or whatever you want to call the open border policy the Biden administration has put into place with respect to the border and immigration. If it hasn’t become perfectly […]

Spanish History, 101

May 5, 2020


We periodically revisit Spain in this column not simply because I like Spain, but in the U. S. today 41 million people speak Spanish as their first language, or 13% of the population. There are also nearly 12 million bilingual Spanish speakers here, like me.  In fact, the U. S. is the second-largest Spanish speaking […]

The Biggest Church and the Smallest Church in Town

April 10, 2020


I sometimes drive on Crescent Ridge Road, perhaps going to buy a shrub or some vegetable seedlings for my vegetable garden at Brown’s Nursery and enjoy the wonderful views to the east from the high points along the road. You can see, I bet, for ten or fifteen miles, the woods, and small hills, and […]

My Hispanic Friend and the Holy Spirit

August 17, 2019


While in jail a few weeks ago I ran into a couple of friends, one new and one old. Let me hasten to add that I was in jail to teach the Bible with a group of Christian men and women who go into the Tuscaloosa County Jail every Tuesday night. So, I go into […]

Violence in Latin America

January 19, 2019


The latest immigrant crisis at the border between the U.S. and Mexico to keep us occupied over the past few months raised a serious question, not to say that the immigrant crisis is not serious enough. And the question begs some good answers in the U. S. media and among those who run this country, […]

The New Hispanic America

December 2, 2018


A few years ago, I discovered a Hispanic in my home. Awkkk, what’s happening here? The invasion of the Mexican gardeners? Confession: when I first came to Tuscaloosa in 1972 to teach Latin American history at UA, there were hardly any Spanish speakers in town, other than a few odd balls like me and the […]