Archive for August, 2010

Overwhelmingly #White #Media Criticize Conservative Rallies as ‘Overwhelmingly White’. Where’s the #diversity?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

(NewsBusters) If you thought media coverage of the Aug. 28 “Restoring Honor” rally hosted in Washington D.C. by Fox News host Glenn Beck seemed like just another attack on conservatives, you’re not alone. As noted by the Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher, much of the coverage had a common thread: describing the crowd as “overwhelmingly white.”

While the term was certainly used in coverage of Beck’s rally, it’s not a new label. “Overwhelmingly white” is a prime example of the media’s groupthink on Beck, Tea Parties, and the conservative movement in general. Virtually every major “mainstream” media outlet has used the phrase in just the past year to describe conservative events.

But even as the media criticize Tea Party and other conservative rallies for an apparent lack of diversity, they struggle to bring minority voices into their own operations.

All three broadcast networks have described the Tea Parties as “overwhelmingly white.” So have CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the Agence France Presse, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Journal and US News & World Report. Many of those organizations are the very ones the news industry discusses as having failed to make diversity goals for staff.

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‘Bed Intruder’ song: #africanamerican empowerment or exploitation?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

(Washington Post) Antoine Dodson’s angry, head-shaking TV interview about an attempted rape against his younger sister in her bed has turned into a chart-topping iTunes song and YouTube hit and made the 24-year-old Alabama college student an Internet sensation.

“So y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your husband, ’cause they raping everybody out here,” the song’s catchy refrain goes.

Dodson plans to use the money from the “Bed Intruder Song” selling for $1.29 a download and T-shirt sales to move his family out of the Lincoln Park housing project where they say the attack happened. But in an era when a viral video clip can rocket anyone to stardom, some suggest that Dodson and his family are being used and that his online rant plays to racial stereotypes.

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Glenn Beck takes back ‘Obama is #racist’ charge – now questions his theology. Don’t we just need him to be President?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

(FoxNews) Radio and TV host Glenn Beck said Sunday he doesn’t want to retract his controversial charge last year that President Obama is racist, but does want to amend it since reading more about “liberation theology.”

“I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things, and that’s not the way people should behave,” Beck said, adding that he regrets saying a year ago that Obama has a “deep-seated hatred for white people” because it’s not accurate.

“I didn’t understand, really, his theology,” Beck a Fox News host, told “Fox News Sunday.” “I think that it is much more of a theological question that he is a guy who understands the world through liberation theology, which is oppressor and victim.”

Beck described liberation theology, which teaches that salvation for the individual is dependent on salvation for the collective through economic and social justice, as the message that was preached by Obama’s ex-pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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Only 54% of #africanamerican mothers attempt to breastfeed. They are missing #healthcare benefits for themselves and their babies.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

( A new study shows that breastfeeding for even one month lowers mom’s lifetime risk for Type 2 diabetes. Previous research has shown a correlation between breastfeeding and reduced diabetes in mothers, this study confirms and extends those findings.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburg looked at data from over 2000 women in Kasier Permenente’s healthcare system aged 40-78. They found that women who gave birth but did not breastfeed were twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes compared with women who breastfed or never gave birth.

The reduction of diabetes risk may be related to the way breastfeeding women lose weight. Breastfeeding can help women lose “visceral” fat– the kind stored around the stomach and organs, and the hardest to lose. But it could also be that lactation improves glucose metabolism– diabetic women usually require less insulin when they are breastfeeding.

Though breastfeeding is often talked about in terms of benefits for the baby- including reduced risk for obesity, allergies, asthma and infections– there are benefits for the mother, too. Breastfeeding is associated with reduced reproductive cancers, arthritis, heart disease. Though the studies supporting these claims show benefits only for mothers who breastfeed for more than several months. (You can read more about these benefits here.)

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Four NY teens sentenced for 2008 #hatecrime. Part of gang that targeted #hispanic immigrants.

Friday, August 27th, 2010

(CBS News) Three of the seven Long Island teenagers who admitted to being part of a gang that targeted Hispanics for violence were sentenced to seven-year prison terms Wednesday for their roles in the 2008 killing of an Ecuadorean immigrant. A fourth teen who met the group on the night of the slaying was sentenced to a six-year prison sentence.

Anthony Hartfold, Jordan Dasch and Jose Pacheco, all 19, each pleaded guilty to gang assault, conspiracy and attempted assault as a hate crime after confessing that they participated in an ongoing series of attacks against Hispanics, resulting in the Nov. 8, 2008 stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero.

A fourth teen, 18-year-old Christopher Overton, did not participate in earlier attacks with the gang and pleaded guilty to the same charges, but received a maximum of six years.

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Some universities say campus attire makes statement about #race. Dress codes coming next? #africanamerican

Friday, August 27th, 2010

(Kansas City Star) On the first day of class, everything N.C. Central University junior Ricky Magwood wore was much too big for him – from a billowy white T-shirt to the gold chain dangling nearly to his waist.

But it’s hot out, Magwood argued. And he’s an art student, so he’s going to get messy anyhow.

Ricky: Your chancellor would like a word with you.

NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms thinks eye-catching outfits – whether risque or just-plain sloppy – are obstacles to learning. This fall, he’s put in motion a subtle campaign to eliminate everything from pajama pants to plunging necklines.

“Suggestive, revealing clothing, by men or women, should not be worn in a classroom,” Nelms said recently. “And you shouldn’t be wearing pajamas to class!”

Nelms’ concerns are echoed across America’s college campuses, where students routinely file into lecture halls in pajamas, baggy clothing or skirts better suited for a night out on the town. Universities are fighting back; some have imposed strict dress codes, others softer guidelines.

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Will Economic #AffirmativeAction Go the Way of Race-Based Programs? On our way back to legal segregation.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

(Wall Street Journal) In the Research Triangle of North Carolina, there’s a struggle over school busing that probably signals serious problems for the future of economic affirmative action – the idea that only a few years ago had been the hope of those looking to replace legally questionable programs based on race.

The headlines over the school dispute in Wake County, N.C., which includes Raleigh and many of its suburbs, go to the activists who claim the school board is adopting a plan that will once again segregate the public schools.

The new school board majority, elected on the promise of return to community schools, has reversed a decade-old policy of busing kids to schools to create a desired level of children from varying economic backgrounds.

Inevitably, given housing patterns in Wake County and much of the country, market economics and the natural inclination of people to seek out those like themselves as neighbors, any effort to have kids attend their nearest school would create student bodies that are much more racially and economically homogenous.

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NY cab driver stabber not #hatecrime. His lawyer says he is just an insane alcoholic. Now I feel better.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

(ABC News) The attorney for Michael Enright, the New York City college student charged with attempted murder as a hate crime for allegedly stabbing a Muslim cab driver Tuesday, denied that his client had acted out of hatred for Muslims.

“I don’t believe that he has any underlying hatred or animosity towards Islam or Muslims in general,” said attorney Jason Martin. Enright, a 21-year-old filmmaker and School of Visual Arts senior from upstate New York, has had past run-ins with the law involving alcohol and New York City police described the Tuesday attack as an isolated incident caused by drinking.

But the city and the nation were left wondering whether the attack, which allegedly began when victim Ahmed Sharif answered “yes” to Enright’s question, “Are you a Muslim?”, was spurred by heated rhetoric over plans to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 World Trade Center terror attack in lower Manhattan.

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4 teens in NY #hatecrime stabbing of #hispanic face sentencing

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

(Washington Post, AP) Four New York teenagers who admitted being part of a gang that targeted Hispanics for violence face long prison terms for their roles in the killing of an Ecuadorean immigrant.

The four pleaded guilty to gang assault and other charges in the 2008 stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero (mar-SEHL’-oh loo-SEHR’-oh) in Patchogue (PACH’-awg), about 50 miles east of New York City. They’re set to be sentenced Wednesday.

The killing focused attention on the treatment of Hispanics in New York’s Suffolk County. The area has seen a recent influx of Central and South American immigrants.

In May, 19-year-old Jeffrey Conroy was sentenced to 25 years in prison following his conviction on manslaughter as a hate crime. Authorities say he stabbed Lucero.

Two others await sentencing later.

More research needed on heart disease in #asianamericans. #healthcare

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

(Medpage Today) More research is needed on cardiovascular disease in Asian Americans, a science advisory from the American Heart Association stated.

Although limited evidence has found variability in cardiovascular risk among Asian subgroups, most studies lump Asian Americans — the fastest growing racial-ethnic group in the country — into a single cohort, according to the advisory, which was published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

“We’ve done an excellent job in researching disparities in other minority groups, but great gaps remain in our knowledge about Asian Americans,” Latha Palaniappan, MD, chair of the AHA’s scientific advisory on cardiovascular disease in Asian Americans, said in a statement.

“We are making a call to action for national funding organizations that the study of Asian Americans should be a priority,” added Palaniappan, who is an investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute in California.

Several major federal surveys have only recently begun dividing Asian Americans into subgroups, including the six largest — Asian Indian (or South Asian), Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

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