A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope by Paul Cuadros

By Paul Cuadros

A domestic at the Field is set religion, loyalty, and belief. it's a parable within the culture of Stand and Deliver and Hoosiers—a tale of 1 group and their unintentional trainer who grew to become sure heroes to the full community.

For the previous ten years, Siler urban, North Carolina, has been on the entrance traces of immigration within the inside part of the U.S.. Like a couple of small Southern cities, staff come from conventional Latino enclaves around the usa, in addition to from Latin American international locations, to paintings in what's thought of the house of industrial-scale chook processing. At huge, immense threat, those humans have include the wish of a higher existence and an opportunity to achieve their component of the yankee Dream.

But it's not constantly effortless. Assimilation into the South is fraught with struggles, and in no position is that this extra poignant than within the faculties. whilst Paul Cuadros packed his luggage and moved south to review the effect of the burgeoning Latino group, he encountered a tradition conflict among the long-time citizens and the beginners that finally boiled over into an anti-immigrant rally that includes former Klansman David Duke.

It grew to become Paul's aim to teach the becoming numbers of Latino early life that their lives will be greater than the slicing line on the chicken crops, that completing highschool and heading to varsity can be a fact. He had to locate whatever that the men may decide to passionately, realizing that devotion to anything higher than them could be the key to aiding the lads locate the place they slot in the area. the reply used to be football.

But Siler urban, like such a lot of different small rural groups, used to be a soccer city, and long-time citizens observed football as a international recreation and another lodging to the rookies. After an uphill conflict, the Jets football workforce at Jordan-Matthews highschool used to be born. ache setbacks and heartbreak, the bulk Latino group, in just 3 seasons and opposed to all odds, emerged poised to win the kingdom championship.

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They took it personally when they were accused of being bigots or racists— especially by outsiders. But race in America is an extremely complicated issue, intertwined with class and history, and it runs across the surface of many different issues like topsoil. Whites deeply resented being labeled racist. But what they didn’t want to confront was that the economic and social structure of their communities favored them, to the disadvantage of others. This, of course, was not a regional phenomenon.

He had small, sleepy eyes that disappeared when he laughed and his dark hair was clipped short—making his ears stick out. On the back of his head, cut into the stubbly black hair, was a spiral scar from a roundworm that was surgically removed when he lived in Mexico City. 20 paul cuadros “We got to get going,” I said, glad that I had built in some extra “Latino time” to get to our soccer tournament. “Paul, it don’t take long for me to get ready,” he said, laughing at my nervous-hen attitude. It had been almost a year since I moved to Chatham County.

On the seat next to me was my camera, loaded with black-and-white film. Color film seemed inappropriate today. On the radio, Los Lobos played a Tejano tune. The McDonald’s drive-through, normally humming with the sound of idling engines from the breakfast patrons, didn’t have a single car in line. Raleigh Street was empty and the houses appeared as though they had their backs to the road—like they didn’t want to see what was going to happen. City hall stood like a temple in the middle of Second Avenue along the main downtown thoroughfare.

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