Archive for June, 2010

Educated #AsianAmericans Struggle to Find Jobs

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

(AsianWeek) Asian Americans may have the lowest unemployment rate of any racial group nationwide, but a new report shows college-educated Asian Americans have a harder time finding jobs than whites.

The new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), “Hidden Disadvantage: Asian American Unemployment and the Great Recession,” shows that in the fourth quarter of 2009, 7.2 percent Asian Americans with bachelor’s degrees were unemployed, while only 4.7 percent of whites with the same education level were without work, even though Asian Americans have a slightly lower unemployment rate overall—8.1 percent compared to 8.4 percent for whites, regardless of education level.

“The national figure hides the high level of unemployment in Asian Americans, ” said Dr. Algernon Austin, the author of report, who is also the director of the Race, Ethnicity and the Economy Program at EPI.

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Why Obama doesn’t dare become the angry #black man

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

(CNN) Here’s proof that President Obama has indeed ushered in a new era in race relations.

Who would have ever expected some white Americans to demand that an African-American man show more rage?

If you’ve followed the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, you’ve heard the complaints that Obama isn’t showing enough emotion.

But scholars say Obama’s critics ignore a lesson from American history: Many white Americans don’t like angry black men.

It’s the lesson Obama absorbed from his upbringing, and from an impromptu remark he delivered last summer. Yet it’s a lesson he may now have to jettison, they say, as public outrage spreads.

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Study: 2010 NBA Racial and Gender Report Card

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

(Slam) According to Richard Lapchick, the study’s author, the NBA continues to lead the way on diversity issues in sport. The study found that 36 percent of the professional positions at the NBA League Office are held by people of color and women hold 44 percent of the professional positions. Both are higher than any other men’s professional league.

Below are some of the highlights reported by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport:

· In the NBA, 82 percent of the players were people of color, remaining constant from last year’s totals. This ties the highest percentage of players of color since the ‘94-95 season. The percentage of African-American players also remained constant from last year’s report at 77 percent. The percentage of Latinos and Asians remained constant, at three and one percent, respectively. The percentage of international players stayed steady as well at 18 percent.

· Professional opportunities for people of color in the NBA League Offices – at 36 percent – increased from 35 percent for the ‘08-09 season. This is the highest percentage in the NBA’s history and the highest in the history of any professional sport.

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Kagan Docs Show Support For #AffirmativeAction

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

(CBS News) While working as a domestic policy adviser to President Clinton, Elena Kagan emphatically agreed with a proposal to strongly defend affirmative action in the Supreme Court, while at the same time siding with a white teacher who was laid off instead of a black colleague solely because of her race.

“I think this is exactly the right position–as a legal matter, as a policy matter, and as a political matter,” Kagan wrote by hand in the margin of a memo from then-Solicitor General Walter Dellinger about the controversial case, Piscataway Board of Education v. Taxman.

That posture — strategic and careful — is reflected throughout the 46,500 pages of documents contained in the Clinton Library and released on Friday. The documents represent about a third of the Kagan documents stored in the Library and cover her time as a deputy domestic policy adviser to President Clinton from 1997-1999.

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#Asian community takes aim at hepatitis B. #healthcare

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

(San Francisco Chronicle) San Francisco public health officials and Asian community leaders are trying to eradicate hepatitis B from the city – a tall order, considering the city has the highest concentration of hepatitis B in the country, as well as the highest rates of liver cancer, which is usually caused by the virus.

The key to wiping out hepatitis B – and protecting people from liver cancer – is to make screening a basic part of health care, especially among Asians, say doctors and Asian American health advocates who have launched a campaign to get more people tested.

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Seeking to shore up #Hispanic graduation rates, colleges learn it’s all in the family

Monday, June 7th, 2010

(LA Times) When Roberto Rodriguez arrived at the University of California campus here four years ago, he felt the emotional tug home so many other Hispanic first-generation college students talk about.

His parents wanted him out of their battle-scarred south-central Los Angeles neighborhood and in college. But his mother also didn’t want him to stray too far from their home.

Three years and some bumps later, with graduation within reach, Roberto’s father suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with diabetes — the kind of family crisis capable of derailing any college career.

But instead of becoming a dropout statistic, Rodriguez will graduate with honors this month from UC-Riverside, where graduation rate gaps that separate Hispanic students from their peers on a national level simply do not exist.

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Study: #Minority Jurors Still Elusive Down South.

Monday, June 7th, 2010

(JD Journal) A two-year study of jury selections in eight Southern states found the exclusion of blacks and other minorities remains a widespread practice in the region.

The study, conducted by the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative, found racially-biased use of peremptory strikes and illegal racial discrimination was particularly prevalent in jury selection in serious criminal cases and capital cases. EJI found hundreds of people of color called were excluded from jury service after prosecutors asserted pretextual reasons to justify their removal.

“The underrepresenation and exclusion of people of color from juries has seriously undermined the credibility and reliability of the criminal justice system, and there is an urgent need to end this practice,” said Bryan Stevenson, EJI’s Executive Director. “While courts sometimes have attempted to remedy the problem of discriminatory jury selection, in too many cases today we continue to see indifference to racial bias.”

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Contractor #diversity: who should be considered ‘disadvantaged’?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

(Finance & Commerce) Joan Johnson’s construction-supply business has furnished materials for projects ranging from Block E to the new Twins and Gophers stadiums, but it has yet to make much headway on highway and transit projects.

Johnson hopes that could all change soon.

She believes that her business, J-MOS, is in a good position — both literally and figuratively — to be part the biggest public-works project in state history: the $957 million Central Corridor project, which is gearing up for major construction this summer.

She’s so intent on being part of light rail history that she recently leased warehouse space on Endicott Street in St. Paul, a few blocks from the planned route of the Central Corridor, which will link the Twin Cities’ downtowns when it starts running in 2014. And she’s hoping to hire five to 10 additional employees.

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Holder vows to #ArabAmericans to prosecute #hatecrime

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

(CNN) Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday vowed to prosecute hate crimes aimed at Arabs, Muslims and Sikhs in the United States, as he marked the anniversary of President Barack Obama’s speech in Egypt on American and Muslim relations in Egypt, urging peaceful and civil connections.

Holder said the Justice Department has opened several investigations aimed at hate-fueled crimes. He mentioned only one — and drew applause– as he noted the FBI is involved in the investigation of last month’s pipe bomb attack on a Jacksonville, Florida, mosque.

“This case is a top concern for the FBI,” Holder said.

About 60 Muslim worshippers were inside the building when the bomb exploded, but nobody was injured.

Holder said he has heard from Arab Americans and Muslim Americans who are uneasy about their relationship with the federal government.

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#Interracial marriages at an all-time high, study says

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

(CNN) The first time Priya Merrill, who is Indian, brought her white boyfriend home for Thanksgiving in 2007, the dinner was uncomfortable and confusing. She still remembers her family asking if Andrew was the bartender or a family photographer.

The couple married last August, and her Indian family has warmed up to her husband despite their racial differences.

“I think we get the best of both cultures,” said Merrill, 27, of New York. She added, “Sometimes I just forget that we’re interracial. I don’t really think about it.”

Asian. White. Black. Hispanic. Do race and ethnicity matter when it comes to marriage?

Apparently, race is mattering less these days, say researchers at the Pew Research Center, who report that nearly one out of seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or interethnic. The report released Friday, which interviewed couples married for less than a year, found racial lines are blurring as more people choose to marry outside their race.

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