Archive for August, 2010

Foreclosures in CA hit #latino #hispanic homes hardest

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

(San Francisco Chronicle) A review of the damage wreaked on California communities by the housing bust shows that Latino households suffered nearly 50 percent of the foreclosures and that loan defaults are concentrated in the state’s Central Valley.

That area, which includes the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, features six of the top 10 California metro areas for foreclosure concentrations, according to the Center for Responsible Lending, which released a comprehensive report Tuesday.

No California communities have experienced a higher percentage of defaults than Modesto, Merced and Stockton – each of which had a foreclosure percentage of around 16 percent between late 2006 and 2009, the study found.

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Glenn Beck’s plans for rally on a hallowed date and spot spurs countermarches. #civilrights

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

(Washington Post) Social activists and civil rights leaders, among them the Rev. Al Sharpton, are planning marches and demonstrations — including the unveiling of a nearly four-story-tall original sculpture on the Mall — on Aug. 28 to coincide with a rally organized by Fox News personality Glenn Beck.

Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among the scheduled speakers, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech there.

The conservative talk show host announced in November that he wanted to reveal a “100 year plan for America” at the Lincoln Memorial. More recently, he said that the purpose of his Aug. 28 event is to restore the country’s “values” and to pay tribute to military families.

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Childhood obesity continues to rise for #africanamericans. #healthcare

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

(WebMD) Obesity rates among children appear to be dropping for some groups, but not for all, new research suggests.

An analysis including more than 8 million California children and teens showed encouraging declines in obesity following a peak in 2005 among Asian and white boys and girls and among Hispanic boys.

But obesity continued to climb among African-American and American Indian girls and remained stable for Hispanic girls.

And public health efforts aimed at addressing the obesity epidemic do not appear to have had much impact for the heaviest children — those with body mass indexes (BMIs) in the 99th percentile.

The findings can be viewed as both an encouraging and troubling report card on these efforts, researcher Kristine Madsen, MD, MPH, of the University of California, San Francisco, tells WebMD.

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CA school achievement gap narrows for #hispanics but not #africanamericans

Monday, August 16th, 2010

(San Francisco Chronicle) If slow and steady wins the race, California schools will eventually emerge victorious in significantly raising student proficiency levels in math and English, but at the current pace, it will take years if not decades.

Standardized test results released today show scores inched up for the eighth year in a row in the state’s public schools. They rose across most demographics and grade levels, an indication that state schools are headed in the right direction.

The achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white or Asian peers narrowed a bit, but remained largely unchanged for African American children. About 40 percent of Hispanic and African American students were proficient in English on the California Standards Test at the end of the 2009-10 school year, compared to 69 percent of white students and 75 percent of Asian students.

Overall, 52 percent of state students were proficient or above in English and 48 percent were proficient or above in math, up two points in each subject from the year before.

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White Men Still Better Off Than #Asian Americans in U.S. Labor Market

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

(Huffington Post) The blog 8asians recently posted an article stating that Asian men have the highest salary. This statement is both correct and misleading at the same time. It is correct that Asian American men have the highest median wage. But to the extent that it suggests that Asian Americans are economically advantaged relative to whites, it is incorrect.

As I pointed out in my examination of Asian American unemployment over the recession, Asian Americans experience hidden disadvantages in the U.S. labor market. To see this disadvantage, one must disaggregate the data by education level. The Asian American unemployment disadvantage appears upon examining those with a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. In 2009, the annual unemployment rate for Asian Americans with a bachelor’s degree was 6.7 percent. For whites with a bachelor’s degree is was 2.1 percentage points lower at 4.6 percent.

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#CivilRights Commission Pushes for Power to Take Justice Department to Court

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

(ABC News) The Commission on Civil Rights today approved a motion asking Congress to essentially allow it to take the Justice Department to court if it refuses to enforce the commission’s subpoenas and other “lawful requests” pertaining to a lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party.

In a heated, often unruly meeting where tempers flared, most of the eight-member, conservative-heavy commission accused the Justice Department of failing to enforce the voting rights law in a race-neutral way in the case of the black panthers.

The Bush administration filed a voter intimidation lawsuit against three members of the New Black Panther Party in January 2009, alleging that they intimidated voters outside a polling place in Philadelphia in November 2008 by hurling racial slurs.

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Births to Illegal #Immigrants Are Studied. #hispanic #immigration

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

(New York Times) About 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 — or 8 percent — had at least one parent who was an illegal immigrant, according to a study published Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group in Washington.

Because they were born in this country, the babies of illegal immigrants are United States citizens. In all in 2008, four million children who were American citizens had at least one parent who was in the country illegally, the Pew study found.

Children of illegal immigrants make up 7 percent of all people in the country younger than 18 years old, according to the study, which is based on March 2009 census figures, the most recent data on immigrant families. Nearly four out of five of those children — 79 percent — are American citizens because they were born here.

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Dr. Laura: Sorry for N-Word Rant. #africanamerican

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

(E! Online) Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s habit of spouting incendiary remarks continues.

The controversial talk-radio host apologized for using the N-word during a rant on Tuesday’s program in which she went off on an African-American caller, accusing her of being overly sensitive to racism.

“Yesterday, I did the wrong thing,” Schlessinger said in comments at the opening of Wednesday’s show. “I didn’t intend to hurt people, but I did. And that makes it the wrong thing to have done.”

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More #AfricanAmericans are using broadband at home; overall adoption slows

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

(USA Today) Broadband adoption in the home is slowing in the U.S. That’s what the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project is saying in a fascinating report that is just out.

Sixty-six percent of American adults now have a broadband Internet connection at home, the report says, little changed from the 63% mark recorded a year ago. That follows years of double-digit growth.

What’s more, Pew says that most demographic groups had flat to modest broadband adoption growth over the last year with one major exception: 56% of the African-American community now have broadband connections in the home, compared to 46% in 2009.

There are a variety of reasons why African-Americans are bucking the trend, starting with the notion that the group was starting out from a smaller base of users. But Pew’s Senior Research Specialist Aaron Smith, the author of the report, also thinks African- Americans are now more likely to own cellphones, use the mobile Web and social media apps, and that Internet providers themselves may be more aggressive in targeting populations with historically lower adoption rates.

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Conservatives Blast Harry Reid for Remark about #Hispanic Voters

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

(CBS News) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday made an appeal to Latino voters that conservatives are saying smacks of racial insensitivity.

At a Nevada campaign event with Latino supporters, Reid blasted Republicans for blocking comprehensive immigration reform, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK,” Reid said. “Do I need to say more?”

Conservatives are pushing back on that remark, at a time when immigration reform has become an increasingly divisive issue. It could be a particularly important issue in Nevada, where Hispanics make up about 25 percent of the state population and accounted for 15 percent of the electorate in 2008, according to the Review-Journal.

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