Archive for August, 2008

Blacks Debate Civil Rights Risk in Obama’s Rise (New York Times)

Friday, August 29th, 2008

WASHINGTON — On the night that Senator Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president, Roderick J. Harrison plans to pop open a bottle of Champagne and sit riveted before the television with his wife and 12-year-old son.

Mr. Harrison, a demographer who is black, says he expects to feel chills when Mr. Obama becomes the first black presidential candidate to lead a major party ticket. But as the Democratic convention gets under way, Mr. Harrison’s anticipation is tempered by uneasiness as he wonders: Will Mr. Obama’s success further the notion that the long struggle for racial equality has finally been won?

Mr. Obama has received overwhelming support from black voters, many of whom believe he will help bridge the nation’s racial divide. But even as they cheer him on, some black scholars, bloggers and others who closely follow the race worry that Mr. Obama’s historic achievements might make it harder to rally support for policies intended to combat racial discrimination, racial inequities and urban poverty.

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U.S. Census Bureau predicts that whites will soon be the minority (San Francisco Examiner)

Friday, August 22nd, 2008
According to new government projections, the nation will be more racially and ethnically diverse by mid-century.
White people will no longer make up the majority of Americans by the year 2042. That’s eight years sooner than previous estimates, which were done in 2004.
Minorities, who now make up about one-third of the population, are expected to account for 54% of the population by 2050 while non-Hispanic whites will account for 46%.
The diversity process has sped up in this country due to immigration and high birth rates among minorities, especially Latinos. The report suggests that the Latino population is projected to nearly triple from 46 million to 132 million during the 2008-2050 period, which is an increase from 15 percent to 30 percent. This means that one in three U.S. residents would be Latino.
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Knowledge of GERD, Also Known As Acid Reflux Disease, Is First Step In Treatment; Doctor Visits (La Voz Nueva)

Friday, August 15th, 2008

We have all experienced an upset stomach at one time or another from the foods we love to eat. However, when frequent heartburn and other discomfort are experienced, diet alone may not be the culprit. The symptoms may be indicators of a larger problem — one that is best addressed by talking to a doctor about what these symptoms could really mean.

Those who experience heartburn at least twice a week, even after trying home remedies and a change in diet, could be suffering from a potentially serious condition called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), commonly referred to as Acid Reflux Disease. In fact, it is estimated that 6.1 million Hispanic-Americans in the United States suffer from GERD.

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House Recognizes Asian American Soldiers of Civil War (Rafu Shimpo)

Friday, August 15th, 2008

The U.S. House of Representatives on July 30 passed a resolution honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander soldiers who fought in the Civil War, culminating a five-year battle to help correct the historical record.Historians have recently uncovered evidence that hundreds of soldiers of AAPI heritage fought on both the Union and Confederate sides, continuing a long tradition of significant AAPI contribu­tions to the history of the United States. House Resolution 415 posthumously honors Edward Day Cohota and Joseph L. Pierce, both of Chinese ancestry, as examples of this overlooked group of men.

“The history of America would be to­tally different without the contributions of Asian Americans. Asian Americans have been an integral part of making our country great,” said Rep. Mike Honda, who introduced the bill. “I am pleased that heroes such as Pierce and Cohota will finally take the place they deserve in our nation’s memory.”

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Elderly Poverty: The Challenge Before Us (Center for American Progress)

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Aging Americans, like other age groups, are feeling the effects of the declining real estate and stock markets, as well as soaring fuel and food prices. Seniors’ economic security will only increase in importance as the U.S. population ages. The nation’s health and social services resources will face unprecedented demand as 75 million people in the baby boomer generation reach retirement age—some with eroded savings and retirement accounts.

Fighting elderly poverty

Between 1959 and 1974, the elderly poverty rate fell from 35 percent to 15 percent. This was largely attributable to a set of increases in Social Security benefits. The elderly poverty rate has continued to decline in subsequent decades, reaching 9.4 percent in 2006. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits continue to play a key role in reducing elderly poverty, especially among women and people of color. If Social Security benefits did not exist, an estimated 44 percent of the elderly would be poor today, assuming no changes in behavior.

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Obama says McCain cynical, not racist (Palm Beach Post)

Friday, August 8th, 2008

ORLANDO — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Saturday that his Republican opponent, John McCain, is running a cynical – but not racist – campaign.

“In no way do I think that John McCain’s campaign was being racist,” Obama said. “I think they’re cynical. I think they want to distract people from talking about the real issues.”

Obama tried to focus his two-day, five-city swing through Florida on economic issues – he called on Congress to issue immediately another round of tax rebates that he had suggested for next year – but the campaign repeatedly faced questions about accusations from McCain that the Illinois senator is “playing the race card.”

McCain’s campaign had said that Obama used race Wednesday when he said Republicans would try to scare voters by pointing out that Obama “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

Obama was more direct during a Jacksonville fund-raiser in June, when he told supporters, “They’re going to try to make you afraid of me (by saying), ‘He’s young and inexperienced, and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?’

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