Stories By Esther J. Cepeda

  • Cepeda: Masks have become another flashpoint I broke quarantine to bear witness to Wisconsin’s “mixed” status on masks.
  • Cepeda: How many immigrants have to die from COVID-19? Latinos are overwhelmingly overrepresented among people infected with the virus.
  • Cepeda: Coronavirus finally proves that teachers are essential Teachers find themselves at the center of a conversation that rarely includes their voices. But as an educator myself, I can tell you that it’s weird finally being considered essential at a moment when some families are throwing in the towel on...
  • Cepeda: Pandemic shows we need to rethink education As schools announce they’ll be closed for the remainder of the academic year, public education has been yanked into a thousand little pieces, and no one knows what will emerge from the mess.
  • Cepeda: What debate on immigrants, COVID-19 overlooks The problem is that our nation is unable — or unwilling — to understand that there is no one kind of unlawfully present immigrant. They’re not all DACA scholarship kids or faithful farm hands. They’re not all rapists or murderers.
  • Cepeda: Will we be ready for Election Day? It might seem simple to immediately pivot to mail-in ballots, but it’s truly a logistical nightmare — even without a voting deadline.
  • Cepeda: Immigrants are keeping America running Millions of front-line health care workers are immigrants, from anesthesiologists — the doctors who insert breathing tubes to put ailing people on ventilators — to surgical and emergency room nurses, to paramedics and the physician assistants who...
  • Cepeda: Immigrants who are held in detention must be released... Whatever you might imagine when talking about immigrants in detention, the truth is that most either have no criminal record or have already served time for any offenses they’ve committed while in our country.
  • Cepeda: Amid COVID-19, care for your spirit and wash hands Just for a bit, every day, you have to laugh, you have to forget, you have to meditate or pray.
  • Cepeda: Coronavirus could spark a wave of empathy My desperate hope is that coronavirus-related discomfort, inconvenience and suffering creates empathy for our fellow human beings.
  • Cepeda: English learners deserve equal treatment at school There has also been an endemic indifference to the challenges of being an English language learner (ELL) by teaching staff. As a result, such programs are ghettos typified by underinvestment, administrative mismanagement and the framing of...
  • Commentary: Latino professionals are held to far different standards than white ones Justice Sotomayor is sore over how the current Supreme Court has bowed to the Trump White House even in standard administrative matters with long-standing precedents.
  • Commentary: What happened to Black History Month? But just think what Black History Month could be if it occurred in fairer weather and not in the shortest — and one of the dreariest and coldest — months of the year.
  • Commentary: Let kindergarteners play — so they won’t learn to... For every group of students at an under-resourced school that finally gets laptops, there is a group of concerned parents at a high-performing school that opts out their kids from screen-fatiguing, web-based apps in the classroom.
  • Can we pray for our political opponents? It will take courage to not see our political opposites as enemies. It will take courage to not be overwhelmed with fear about what the next four years will bring, and not act out of anger instead of seeking to understand.
  • Opinion: ‘American Dirt’ creates dust-up over border story This isn’t an issue of who can or “should” write fiction about people who are not their own so much as it’s about who gets to write about important issues that are about their own people.
  • Opinion: Many students need our help in applying for financial aid Filling out the FAFSA is a pain, but doable.
  • King’s dream still hasn’t come true “I Have a Dream” holds up through the ages, but it’s not difficult to imagine that King would have hated his “day” being the prequel to a single month out of each year when black people are recognized as important, positive contributors to the...
  • Can young people navigate fake news? It’s incredible how ill-equipped our young people are to navigate an internet that’s loaded with fake news, junk science and other “information” designed to fool them and everyone else.
  • Opinion: It’s going to take a lot more than Mr. and Mrs. Nice Guy to beat Trump Which brings us to a potential Elizabeth Warren-Julián Castro ticket, now that Castro endorsed her for president.