Aaron E. Sanchez is a Texas-based writer who focuses on issues of race, politics, and popular culture from a Latino perspective. He holds a Ph.D. with a concentration in U.S.-Latina/o intellectual history. He is a happy husband, proud father, and an avid runner. He blogs at www.commentaryandcuentos.com.

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Can Julián Castro Counter the Trumpian Narrative?

by Aaron E. Sanchez 01-23-2019

NEW YORK CITY - Julián Castro, March 23, 2016. Editorial credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com

It is said that politicians must campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Presidents, perhaps more than any other national figures, must tell the nation a story about itself — of its heroes and villains, of its problems and their causes, of its promise and future.

This Is the Face of the Reconquista

by Aaron E. Sanchez 11-21-2018

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The first cast in the ochre light of the dawning sun is a morning prayer, filled with hope and faith that ceremonies sought in earnest will feed the soul. I reel dutifully, waiting for a faint tap on the end of my line. My father stands at the front of the boat, scanning for ripples on the water in the low light. “Wachale!” he exclaims in joking Spanglish as he reels in the first largemouth of the day. Two Mexican-Americans bass fishing in Texas. This is the face of the Reconquista.

Seeking Communion: Religious Rites and Civil Rights

by Aaron E. Sanchez 10-04-2018

And nearly every Sunday, as broken bread stands for broken bodies, I am struck with the words of James Baldwin, when he wrote that to be born black or a person of color in America means that you must “give up all hope of communion.”

When Baldwin wrote those words he believed that the nation was both a Christian nation and a white nation. White supremacy was the foundation of American rites and rights. Whiteness was a prerequisite to be encircled by compassion and included in citizenship. The denial of communion — the denial of the body of Christ and the rejection from the body politic — was connected to the nation’s original sin.