Author Archives: Frederico Wilson

Frederico Wilson, based in Seattle, WA, is President and owner of several business enterprises, a freelance writer and blogs at mestizoblog.com focusing on multicultural issues and is the author of “Escaping Culture-Finding Your Place in the World.

Bye-bye Bernie

Before turning his back on the revolution he helped create, and breaking bread with his institutional brethren, Bernie would have been better served had he heeded the following: “It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a […]

Good Morning, Virginia

I believe providence and misfortune wage a constant battle in our lives, with the winner ultimately determining our time on earth.  Why, where and when they come calling is a mystery. Not to put too fine a point on this, but fate has spared me many times over. A different roll of the dice and I’d […]

Cutting the POC Cord

Speech in harmonic sermon sways and persuades congregations, and lures the agnostic among us. I admit it. As a brown man; as a person of color (POC), I fell for Obama’s songbook hook, line, and sinker. No need to list the duplicitous policy betrayals that have disillusioned me since every day brings new ones. I […]

POC – Feeling the Bern

I can’t help but marvel at the growing anti-elitist movement taking place in real time.  As a lifelong populist, left of liberal, just barely right of anarchist – I welcome the long overdue makings of a people-first political campaign. The truth of the matter is I’m less concerned with who ignited the socially conscious crusade than […]

In the Bag – Mixed Race, Black, and Latino Leadership

“There’s a sucker born every minute.” – P.T. Barnum Once again people-of-color (POC) are at a precipice. Like lemmings staring down into the abyss, the overwhelming majority of mixed race, brown and black people are prepared to jump and drown themselves in a sea of election rhetoric, lies, and deceit. Comparatively, the classic lemming fable […]

white lie

No, not that one.  This one.  white lie noun As a person-of-color (PoC), I’ve searched for racial clarity throughout my lifetime – only to discover ambiguity in its place. I found out that being too analytical is often a way of avoiding the obvious. I inexplicably accepted as true the false premise that discussions about race, […]

In The Land Of The Blind

We on the outside looking in, see what you choose to ignore. Or to put it another way – as Tom Waits did in his song “Singapore”… “…in the land of the blind, even a one-eyed man is king.”

Silent Mornings

Harmony, contemplation and stillness are more potent and greater than the animated, deafening and self-serving language and cacophony that surrounds us.

Cultural Self-Preservation

“Power concedes nothing without demand.  It never did and never will.” – Frederick Douglas. As multicultural and multiracial (primarily raised and identifying as Latino and Pascua Yaqui Indian) I’ve long felt compelled to offer a counter-narrative to commonly held perceptions about the Latino community. I realize of course that Latinos are not monolithic, we have […]

Sanctuary In The Sun

There’s an arroyo that cuts through the sands of time just southeast of  Tucson,  Arizona. Unlike other gorged desert paths in the region, it runs uncommonly straight. In its wake lies a littered trail of uprooted impediments, incapable of withstanding the force of monsoon downpours that pushed them to the wayside.