Op-Ed: Nury Martinez says out loud the racism and colorism my vibrant Oaxacan community endures.
One reason Nury Martinez is speaking out in such visible ways is because he is Mexican. He grew up in a predominantly African-American neighborhood. His uncle was shot and killed by a white man who felt he was being attacked.
Martinez was seven when his uncle was murdered. He saw his friend walk up to the crime scene with a bloody nose. The friend said he was the victim of racial profiling and told his attacker “I’m sorry.”
Now Martinez, an Emmy-nominated writer and TV producer, writes for The New York Times Magazine and is executive producer of “Crisis in the Catholic Church.” He’s written about the impact of racism in his own life as well as that of Oaxacan communities in the U.S. and around the world.
“Crisis” debuted to positive reviews Sunday in a New York City theater where it was met with mostly unenthusiastic audiences. One reviewer criticized it for being “slightly, poorly written” and “muddled” and said it “falls victim to too many of the same tropes of the series that came before it.” Another noted the show had been “stitched together” and was overstuffed with the same types of characters.
The show was the last in a trilogy. The first episode, which aired in November, followed a young man’s journey to find the truth after he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit.
“Crisis” takes the audience to an impoverished Oaxacan community in Los Angeles called Pico Union, which is near the city’s downtown. The series is adapted from the 2014 French film, “L’Uranie,” which Martinez directed and co-wrote.
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Martinez, who grew up in Pico Union, said that the show, which was filmed in Los Angeles, was one of his most personal stories. That’s how it made sense to him as a way to tell the story of his own family.
The show was one of the most ambitious he’s ever done and was a long way from his first job out of college, which was directing student plays at a community college in the