Miguel L. Salazar (he/him) was born in San Antonio, Texas. He received his masters in philosophy from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. He worked in education and nonprofits for 40 years and founded Salazar & Associates, an educational consulting business. He moved back to San Antonio in 2017. He and his wife, Noemi, are members of Temple Beth-El.
"What are you?" was a question I was often asked in New York City. At first, I did not understand. Having grown up in San Antonio, Texas during the Jim Crow era, there was no doubt in my mind. During Jim Crow, Americans were defined by their skin color. I was not Black, but neither was I white. Therefore, I reasoned, I must be Mexican.