On the upper Huerfano River amid the Greenhorn Mountains, this isolated unincorporated ranching town is the shrunken hub of a large mountainous chunk of northwestern Huerfano County. Gardner’s roots, however, lie in a predecessor Hispanic town, according to tales I heard in the Gardner Tavern.
At the Tavern, after putting a pinch of salt on the rim of his sweating beer can, Augustino Garcia nodded a welcome. I mounted the barstool next to him in the dim tavern. He was the first person I had seen in Gardner where this tavern was the only sign of life. This dusty, sleepy village on the upper Huerfano (Spanish for orphan) River seemed to be a ghost. Continue reading “Colorado’s Hispanic Towns: Real or Ghosts?”
La primera vez que alguien me pregunto cual era el color de mi piel, yo tenia 4 años. Fue en el kinder cuando un compañero sin reparo lanzo la pregunta y con la mayor naturalidad contesté, -Yo soy gris.-
Vivir en un hogar con una padre blanco y una madre negra me ayudo a llegar a la conclusión que gris, era sin duda alguna, una raza. Ojalá todo hubiese sido así de sencillo a partir de ese momento.
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On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibited employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex. Additionally, the act made it illegal to retaliate against those who sought relief or assisted others in their exercise of rights secured by law. Over the past 50 years, employers across the United States have implemented diversity programs and initiatives to comply with the ever-changing federal rules and regulations to ensure a diverse workplace. Continue reading “The Value of Diversity”