Archive for December, 2007

Poll Explores Racial Tensions Among Minority Groups (New American Media)

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

WASHINGTON — The first-of-its-kind poll on race relations between blacks, Latinos and Asians, released yesterday in Washington, D.C., revealed that while ugly stereotypes still hold strong between groups, a majority of those in each group said they should put aside their differences to work toward building better communities.

All groups polled said overwhelmingly that racial tensions in the nation are a very important problem.

The poll shows that high levels of segregation still exist which underlie and support negative stereotypes. More than 75 percent of blacks and Latinos attend religious services with their own kind. More than 65 percent of blacks and Latinos went to school with those of the same ethnicity or race. More than 50 percent of all three groups say most of their friends are of the same race.

Latinos (44 percent) and Asians (47 percent) said they are generally “afraid of blacks because they are responsible for most of the crime.” Blacks (51 percent) and Asians (34 percent) said Latino immigrants are taking away jobs, housing and political power from the black community. Latinos (46 percent) and blacks (53 percent) said Asian business owners do not treat them with respect.

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UC to track more Asian ethnic groups (Sacramento Bee)

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Candice Shikai doesn’t like math.

She took advanced math classes in elementary school only because her parents pushed her.

“Other students said that because I was Asian, of course, I was going to be in the advanced class,” said the UCLA senior. “But I struggled immensely in math. Now I’m a history major.”

Being held up collectively as the “model minority” is a disservice to some Asian American students, say University of California administrators and student groups that pushed to change the way the UC system collects students’ ethnic data.

“Forty percent of UCLA fits under the Asian category, and it is presumed that we don’t have any educational problems,” said Shikai, who is Japanese American. “That is not true.”

The UC system announced recently it will become the first public higher education institution in the state to collect data on an expanded list of Asian ethnic groups, from Tongan and Fijian to Hmong and Cambodian.

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The Complete History Of African-American QB’s In The NFL (Black Athlete)

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — With many African American Quarterbacks achieving success in the Pee Wee, Scholastic, College, and Professional ranks and with the retirements of the first wave of prominent African American Quarterbacks (James Harris, Doug Williams, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, and others), I felt that reviewing the history of these men and the pioneers before them was much needed. 

History has shown that the journey of the African American QB was not an easy one, but when given the opportunity these men thrived in a system that was sometimes stacked against them. African American Quarterbacks are now in 2007, no longer an anomaly and are thriving. Their journey was definitely justified this past year as Warren Moon became the first Full Time African American Quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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US civil rights leaders urge aid for housing crisis (Reuters)

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Rev. Jesse Jackson and other U.S. civil rights leaders converged on Wall Street on Monday to demand the government and the financial community step up aid to stem a home-loan foreclosure crisis.

At a rally in lower Manhattan, activists said homeowners needed more help to restructure their loans and avoid losing their houses.

“We’re standing to stop an economic tsunami,” Jackson told a crowd of more than 200 people. “Our government has an obligation, not only to borrowers but to the economy itself.”

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Winfrey: ‘Vote that dream into reality’ (Chicago Tribune)

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Oprah Winfrey came to South Carolina on Sunday with a message tailored to the state’s considerable African-American community, asking it to cast aside doubt and support the black man she assured them could — and should — be elected president.

On the second day of Barack Obama and Winfrey’s tour of early-voting states, the two turned out the biggest crowd yet of the election campaign, an exuberant and overwhelmingly African-American audience that filled about a third of a football stadium and organizers said exceeded 29,000. The scale of the event rivaled the largest campaign rallies in recent history.

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Colleges find new ways to retain diversity (Detroit Free Press)

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Nearly a year after Proposal 2 went into effect, the fight continues over what the statewide ban on affirmative action means for higher education.

A court battle simmers. College applications are being mined for information on who is applying. Private groups, which were not affected by the ban, are tailoring more scholarships to boost diversity.

Meanwhile, the University of Michigan Alumni Association is targeting more of its fund-raising efforts at scholarships for minorities and other underrepresented groups. And admissions officers at schools where race and ethnicity were once considered in the admissions process are continuing to rework the definition of diversity.

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Why Black Women Prefer Clinton To Obama (WIBW)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

One of the intriguing stories of Campaign ’08 is the popularity of Hillary Clinton with black women who might be expected to support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the first African-American to emerge as a serious contender for a major party presidential nomination.

A series of CBS News polls show the New York senator has a 15-point lead over Obama among black women. Other polls have confirmed Clinton’s popularity with African-American women.

Overwhelmingly, the most frequently stated reasons women give for favoring Hillary Clinton are that they have positive feelings about her husband and his administration and they think she’s got the best shot of any of the Democrats to win against the Republicans.

“Most Black women simply believe Clinton can win,” said former Gore campaign manager and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile. “They loved her husband Bill and would like to see ‘a woman elected first’”

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Bank of America loses bid to cut back bias lawsuit (Reuters)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

A federal judge has rejected Bank of America Corp’s attempt to throw out part of a lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against African-American bankers and brokers, court papers show.The lawsuit, filed in May with the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts and which seeks class-action status, had accused the second-largest U.S. bank of regularly discriminating with respect to work assignments, training and access to clients.

Plaintiffs said Bank of America had regularly “steered” African-American bankers and brokers to largely minority or low-net-worth clients, and that the bank believed clients were more “comfortable” dealing with people of their own race.

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High-ranking black cops sue Minneapolis Police Department (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Five high-ranking black officers sued the Minneapolis Police Department and its chief Monday over allegations of systemic racial discrimination and a hostile working environment.

Within the past year, two of the officers, Lt. Don Harris and Lt. Lee Edwards, were demoted by Chief Tim Dolan. Harris had been one of the department’s three deputy chiefs, and Edwards was in charge of the city’s Fourth Precinct, which encompasses north Minneapolis. A third black lieutenant not named in the suit has also been demoted by Dolan.

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