Intersections blogger Daniel Hernandez just sent me this email; I don't think he'll mind the repost as it eloquently sums up things better than I can:
From: Daniel HernandezRIP, NY TIMES STORY more here.
Date: Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:05 PM
Subject: RIP Ted Kennedy
Here are photos of him on the United Farm Workers Facebook page, showing Kennedy with Cesar Chavez. Here is a direct link to one of them.
What moved me so much about this man's history is, looking past the failures and errors, how he and his brothers were always so down with the civil rights struggles of minorities and marginalized groups so far and distant from their heritage, wealthy New England Catholics or whatnot, until the end, and so sincerely. It's like they saw it as an *American* imperative to participate and support. Ted Kennedy spoke to immigrant rights marchers in Washington at the height of the movement in 2006, he was always a champion for humane immigration reform, which is more than we can say for our current president and his cabinet at the moment..
Latinos and Mexican Americans have a way of saying that the Kennedys are "one of us." I am reaffirming that again.. Day of the Dead 2009 is thus dedicated.
Robert was down with brown, as well.