Last year, CNN produced the documentary series “Black in America.” The news network now plans to produce a two-part documentary of Latinos in the U.S.
Soledad O’Brien will host “Latino in America,” set to air in October… for Hispanic Heritage month. According to a story in Multichannel News, the documentary “will focus on the growing U.S. Hispanic population and the pertinent isues that face the community.” The first part will look into the lives of people nation-wide whose last name is “Garcia” and the second part will focus on how 4 different communities are dealing with the challenges of immigration, discrimination, disparities and cultural identity. The documentary will also feature Latino celebrities.
Let’s hope this documentary does a better job at painting an accurate and substantive picture of Latinos in America than NBC’s superficial attempts in early March of this year, with its “We the People” series.
Por Fin!! CNN will feature Latinos in America as a follow on to their series on Blacks in America. My only hope is that the individuals featured in the documentary, will truly represent our cultural diversity, perspectives and race. In particular, I hope that afro-latinos that are frequently not represented in a discussion on Latino issues are not usually asked to be a part of the discussion, nor are we reflected in the hispanic media. Instead we are seldomly given the space to be represented, yet our experiences are different and just as valuable than our other hispanic counterparts. Far too often we are pigeoned-holed to be just black, or just latino. In reality, our perspective is a mixture of all of these opinions societal perceptions and experiences in America. The meaning of selecting the census category Latino, now includes both black and white latinos, and their experiences in America. My hope is that all of our experiences will be reflected from the latino celebrity to the average person in America.
-Adjunct Economics Professor
Trinity University DC
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CNN: MISTREATMENT AND DEATH OF EMPLOYEES
Salvadoran journalist Mario Vela passes away 12 days after being dismissed by CNN. The organization AGACAMT denounces the hostile attitude of CNN towards ill employees. Jose Ramon Cotti, Puerto Rican journalist dismissed by CNN, remains in a hospital after months of pain.
Atlanta (June 2009). – Salvadoran journalist Mario Vela passed away 12 days after CNN dismissed him. The company fired this worker despite the knowledge of the seriousness of his illness. Mr. Vela had been several months agonizing in Washington after his doctors declared there was no hope to save his life.
Mario Vela and his family underwent the pressure imposed by CNN in his last days when receiving a document in which their rights of denunciation were questioned and conditioned to the signing of a humiliating severance package.
CNN served notice to Mr. Vela via mail explaining that he no longer was to have his disability benefits and the medical insurance from the company.
Eva Ventín, president of AGACAMT, the Galician Association Against Moral Harassment at the Workplace, denounces the hypocritical attitude of CNN, that, after putting Mr. Vela in the street, sent the Vice-president of CNN Spanish, Cristopher Crommett, to this employee’s funeral to sing a song and to deliver a pitiful donation.
Relatives and friends of Mario Vela were themselves forced to organize a fundraising concert to collect money to pay for his medical treatment.
It is difficult to think that a powerful and multi-millionaire company like CNN, that in spite of the world’s economy crisis have announced economic gains, gets to mistreat its professionals and families”.
Mario Vela who passed away at age 34, was named by the mayor of Washington DC “the journalist of the year of 2007” recognition who was emphasized by his support to the Hispanic community and towards the under-privileged.
With more than 10 years of experience Mario Vela was news director of Mega Communications and Radio Capital 730 in DC. Vela worked for Channel 30 of Univisión and Radio World in Maryland.
AGACAMT wants to bring to the world’s attention other serious cases of labor harassment at CNN as in 2003 the local press of Atlanta related this network with the depression of a journalist who committed suicide. (see original editorial of the Mundo Hispanico about former news director Abel Dimant).
The complaints of labor abuses and irregularities had been communicated to Mr. Jim Walton, the President of CNN, but there are no answers neither solutions that protect the victims.
AGACAMT denounces that “this it is not the unique case of a journalist dismissed by CNN in a serious condition”. News anchor Jose Ramon Cotti remains in a hospital in Georgia after several months of pain.
The Puerto Rican journalist also was dismissed by CNN while on disability awaiting a delicate heart operation.
CNN brought Mr. Cotti and his wife to Atlanta from New York 9 years ago and the company has now totally forgotten this family, not even making a phone call to inquire about its employee’s condition after double bypass surgery and leg amputation and also after Mrs. Cotti’s hospitalization with health problems including stress related condition.
We communicated Mr. Walton of the above again with no responses.
This prestigious New York radio journalist, recipient of Several prizes including two awards from ACE. (Award of creative excellence) is just another one of the numerous victims of the dramatic crisis that shakes CNN.
Aurora Medina says
Latinos in the USor Latinos is America, because America is a whole continent.