Crimson opinion writer
Ruben E. Reyes Jr.
Ruben E. Reyes Jr. '19 is a former Editorial Chair and Editorial Writer living in Leverett House. He studies History and Literature, and is originally from Diamond Bar, California. His interests include United States politics, race, structural inequity, and pop culture.
Crimson opinion writer Ruben E. Reyes Jr. can be reached at email@example.com.
Exploring The Crimson’s Stigma Among Communities of Color
If we call those ghosts for what they are, if we sit with them, and then work to make their presence less salient — we can move towards making The Crimson an organization where anyone, regardless of their background, can thrive.
The Moments We Remember Most
If you seek the most complete account of our time here, you have to remember the joy we felt — a necessary antidote to the bitter poison we faced. Sometimes they came in small bursts, sometimes large ones, but either way they sustained us.
Whose Harvard? Yours.
We have pushed for this community to be a familia and that is the beauty we hope you see when you come here.
Los Vendidos, The Sellouts
At home, getting a well-paying job is what it meant to be successful. It was the purpose of my education. At school, getting a well-paying private sector job is what it meant to “forget” where I come from.
Breaking Latinx Gender Roles
In order to change it we must constantly push back against the ways our community attempts to fit everyone into molds that should have never been created.
When’d You Start Caring About Immigrants?
I worry about the day when progressives protected by their citizenship, will close their eyes and look back at Trump as one small blip in an otherwise perfect world.
Creating Community, Losing Ourselves
The Latinx community suffers when people don’t stick around to invest in it, but investing in it burns people out to the point where they don’t want to stick around.
My Two Libraries, My Two Selves
I loved books like “Animal Farm” simply because they entered my life at the right moment, by chance alone. Now, I try keeping up with what’s hot in the publishing world.
Harvard Parties Aren’t That Bad
Bringing the final club scene to the masses, or opening up the door just a tiny bit wider, won’t cure our dissatisfaction with our social scene.
Queer Eye for the Small-Minded Guy
My season of “Queer Eye” would do what the Netflix revamp of the show intends to do: challenge bigoted views surrounding queerness.
How Jurassic Park Got Me to Harvard
As a child growing up in an immigrant household, science fiction dictated the trajectory of my life.
The Tenderness of Cardi B
Her music is the end result of 25 years of life as a Latina, with all the nuances, complications, and fullness of an experience that is too often reduced to stereotypes.
Summer Postcard: The Animals of El Salvador
It’s easy to put Salvadoran children in cages if you convince the world that they are animals.
Summer Postcard: San Salvador
Hollywood’s Harvard Problem
The sanitized version of Harvard often seen in television and film is as false as the supposed shots of the University, many of which are filmed at UCLA.