Public Intellectuals’ editor Teka Lo speaks with Dr. Cintli about journalism, the LA Sheriff, Rubén Salazar, the 2020 election and the Biden and Harris win, California Senator Alex Padilla, both houses of Congress voting to authorize the creation of the National Museum of the American Latino, and the Chicano, Native, and African American story that starts before the ships.
Roberto Cintli Rodríguez, Ph.D. (Dr. Cintli) is an associate professor in the Mexican American Studies Department at the University of Arizona. He is a longtime-award-winning journalist/columnist who received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 2008 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is the author of Justice: A Question of Race, a book that chronicles his two police brutality trials, and the co-producer, with Patrisia Gonzales of “Amoxtli San Ce Tojuan,” a documentary on origins and migrations. His “Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother” (University of Arizona Press, 2014) advances the thesis that Mexican/Central American peoples were not created in 1848 (war) or invasion (1519) but rather with the creation of Maíz some 7,000 years ago. His most recent book, “Yolqui: A warrior summonsed from the spirit world” (University of Arizona Press, 2019) is on violence against the Black-Brown-Indigenous communities of the United States.
In 2013, a major digitized collection was inaugurated by the University Arizona Libraries, based on a class he created: The History of Red-Brown Journalism.
Photo courtesy of University of Arizona Press