Daisy Hernandez

Daisy Hernandez
Daisy Hernández Daisy is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Today's Feminism. She's the former editor of ColorLines magazine and a former columnist with Ms. magazine. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, the National Catholic Reporter, bitch magazine, Curve, In These Times, as well as, several anthologies. For more of her work, go to

Homeless Black Man Twitters On Poverty

by Daisy Hernandez on June 9 2009, 9:37AM

Here’s an amazing story from All Things Considered about Eric Sheptock, a homeless Black man who’s using Twitter, Facebook and other online social networks to educate people about poverty. “My next blog [post] is going to be about the…


Troy Davis Could Face Black Prosecutor

by Daisy Hernandez on June 5 2009, 4:32PM

Chatham County, Georgia has its first Black district attorney: Larry Chisolm (pictured here). Now, Chisolm has to decide whether or not to reopen the case of Troy Davis, a Black man on death row for the 1989 murder of…


Sotomayor Disappoints on Race

by Daisy Hernandez on June 5 2009, 11:52AM

I want to love La Sonia but…NPR’s Nina Totenberg has the disturbing details on the future Supreme Court judge’s voting record. Sigh. In another case involving a black couple bumped from an American Airlines international flight, Sotomayor said their race…


She Said No To The Test

by Daisy Hernandez on May 26 2009, 4:19PM

Check out this new story by Mandy Van Deven at When she transfered to Storm Lake High School in Iowa from a high school in New York, Lori Phanachone indicated that she spoke a language other than English…

Topics: Schools & Youth

MLK Would Have Been On YouTube

by Daisy Hernandez on May 22 2009, 12:59PM

Check out Jordan Flaherty’s profile of the new video activist group 2-Cent Entertainment at ColorLines. From the group’s founder: “Other generations marched, and we march too. But in this age we have a whole new range of weapons…I think Martin…


The Media Watch of Brown on Black

by Daisy Hernandez on May 22 2009, 8:34AM

Remember two years when CNN discovered a race war in L.A.? Well, expect a new round of coverage from media outlets. A total of 63 people were arrested yesterday and there’s indictments now against 147 members and associates of…


Videos That Make You Go Mmm

by Daisy Hernandez on May 20 2009, 1:05PM

Two hipsters set out to make a commercial for a local furniture store in North Carolina. They decide to go with the personal angle and quickly discover that the white and black guys selling furniture are most comfortable saying two…

Topics: Media

Rethinking Porn. Really

by Daisy Hernandez on April 22 2009, 9:41AM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and I’m reconsidering my ideas about porn. I’ve generally been one of those people who rolls her eyes when the anti-porn folks start talking about how porn is really (really) bad for you….

Topics: Media

Theater Review: The Young, Black and Ambitious

by Daisy Hernandez on April 17 2009, 5:00AM

of a play” HSPACE=10 ALIGN=LEFT> It’s rare to come across a play that offers a searing critique of the Black bourgeoisie, the do-gooder white liberals, the elders of the civil rights movement and the media industry, but Tracey Scott…


The State of Immigrant U.S.A.

by Daisy Hernandez on April 10 2009, 12:00PM

We map the country’s sanctuary cities, bans on driver’s licenses and where cops act as ICE officials.


Colorblind No More

by Daisy Hernandez on April 8 2009, 12:00PM

A growing number of states assess the racial impact of drug laws.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Payday Lenders Target Blacks and Latinos

by Daisy Hernandez on March 26 2009, 12:58PM

File this one under “things we suspected but didn’t have data to prove.” A study released today shows that payday lenders in California target Black and Latino neighborhoods and in the process drain $247 million from these communities. The Center…

Topics: Economy

When the Corporations Own Us

by Daisy Hernandez on March 11 2009, 5:30AM

Check out this new story at At a music event last month, the commercial rapper Kid Cudi was stunned with a Taser by police officers, following a scuffle with employees of the clothing-company Reeboks. Kid Cudi, who was…


Spotlight: Pam Harris

by Daisy Hernandez on March 5 2009, 12:00PM

Films that celebrate community

Topics: Arts & Culture

Racism in Berkeley Versus Texas

by Daisy Hernandez on February 20 2009, 8:36AM

Scanning the reactions this week to Eric Holder’s speech reminded me of a skit from comedian Kamau Bell’s show “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour” (which plays lives in Los Angeles on Feb. 24). Bell…


NY Post Links Obama to Dead Chimp

by Daisy Hernandez on February 18 2009, 3:01PM

You know the Post sucks, but they’ve hit a new low even for them. The editorial cartoon in the morning edition of today’s paper depicts police officers who have just shot a mad ape. One of the officers says,…


What Stimulus Means for Latinos and Blacks

by Daisy Hernandez on February 18 2009, 12:43PM

You didn’t expect good news when you read this headline, right? Good because it’s not pretty. Brace yourself. According to a report released today by the Center for American Progress, the unemployment rate for Black folks was at 12.6 percent…


Katrina’s Hidden Race War

by Daisy Hernandez on February 5 2009, 3:56PM

I just finished reading “Katrina’s Hidden Race War” by AC Thompson and am stunned. Over 18 months, Thompson investigated shootings by whites in Algiers Point during the days after Hurricane Katrina struck. He describes finding at least 11 Black people…

Topics: Katrina

Oscar Grant Update: Bail Set for Cop

by Daisy Hernandez on January 30 2009, 4:39PM

Bail for the cop who killed Oscar Grant has been set at $3 million. According to court documents, the defense will be that BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was going for his Taser. But as prosecutor Creighton said: “If he…


A Referendum on Race

by Daisy Hernandez on January 14 2009, 10:32AM

Check out for new commentary on the bogus claim of a post-racial America by Andrew Grant-Thomas of the Kirwan Institute. Here’s a snippet: The post-racialism claim builds on the all-or-nothing approach Americans often take to making racial judgments. So…