• Why has the White media sensationalized the story of an elementary art school teacher from Logan, Utah?
  • What was it like growing up in Bogota, Colombia?
  • What brought Mateo Rueda to Utah?
  • Why did Mateo Rueda decide to teach art to elementary school children in Hyrum, Utah?

All these questions and more are discussed  with elementary art school teacher, Mateo Rueda, Azul Uribe, and Miguel in this episode of The Racism 101 Podcast.

To view Mateo Rueda’s art, go to
To see Mateo’s twitter account (and leave him a note of support), click here
To visit Mateo’s Instagram, click here
To learn more about the controversy, click here

The art in question:

The movie Mateo spoke about, Embrace the Serpent (El Abrazo de la Serpiente)

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Azul Uribe, Mateo Rueda, Miguel Barker de Valdez

Azul is a binational (culturally) girl who currently resides in Merida, Mexico with her cat Chloe. Her work has been published in numerous other blogs, including Young Mormon Feminists, and she writes about re-assimilating , immigration and life in general over at Her favorite Beatle is George Harrison and she hopes to someday be able to own a puppy.

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