Archive for October, 2010

Rick Sanchez plays the race card after getting fired from CNN for making racially insensitive remarks.

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

(Newsbusters) Ex-CNN host Rick Sanchez appeared on Friday’s Good Morning America to apologize yet again for calling Jon Stewart a bigot and to bemoan the lack of minorities in journalism. Sanchez complained, “If you look at the landscape right now in our media, in primetime, there’s not a single Hispanic. There’s not a single African-American.” [MP3 here.]

First off, although not in primetime, GMA features an African American co-host (Robin Roberts) and an Asian news reader (Juju Chang).

Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos quickly started picking apart Sanchez’s arguments. He mentioned 20/20′s Elizabeth Vargas. “I’m talking about newscasts,” the former CNN anchor spun.

After being told that 20/20 is a newscast, Sanchez moved the goal post: “That’s fair. I’m referring to cable newscasts, straight newscasts, uh, not magazine shows. There’s not a single Hispanic, a single Asian American or a single African-American.”

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Lou Dobbs says he hired illegal immigrants because he hates racial profiling

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

( Puffy, halo-haired hypocrite xenophobe Lou Dobbs is absolutely outraged that The Nation would correctly report that he employed illegal immigrants as workers at his various palatial estates. What—do they want Lou Dobbs to start racial profiling?

Lou went on all 114 of America’s television news programs last night and this morning to carry his powerful message: How was I to know the Mexicans grooming my multimillion-dollar stable of show horses were illegal? Lou, after all, is just an average American. He said on Good Morning America:

“Unless you’re asking me and millions of other Americans to engage in racial profiling, because that’s the only way you can satisfy the objections that the Nation has raised, that would be racial profiling on my part to make sure this thing doesn’t happen. That’s what you’re suggesting,” he said.

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Why won’t the GOP compete for African American votes?

Friday, October 8th, 2010

(Washington Post, Eugene Robinson) This has been such an unpredictable political year that it’s hard to have confidence in any of the forecasts for November. How unpredictable? Well, I’d like to meet the pundit or prognosticator who imagined that a major-party candidate for the U.S. Senate would begin a campaign ad by declaring, “I’m not a witch.”

Christine O’Donnell’s sorcery problem aside, there’s one thing I can say with confidence about next month’s midterm election: African Americans will vote overwhelmingly for Democratic Party candidates at every level. This is perfectly rational political behavior — but in many ways it’s a shame.

Don’t misunderstand. I’m firmly convinced that the progressive agenda championed by the Democrats is much better for African Americans, and for the nation as a whole, than the conservative agenda favored by Republicans. But I also believe that in politics, as in business, competition is good. Monopolies inevitably take their customers for granted.

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MGM to tap into Asian American community For its Diversity Initiative in Las Vegas

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

(Asian Journal) Asian-Americans in Las Vegas will continue to be a focal point in the diversity initiatives of MGM Resorts International, one of the biggest employers in the city.

The community will be a major resource for MGM’s recruitment efforts and vendor supplier relationships, the chairman of the company’s diversity and community affairs committee said.

“When you look at (our) relationships in Nevada and nationally, the Asian community is very much a part of our global strategy,” Alexis Herman said.

She noted that MGM has a large Asian global customer base. “So for us to make sure that we strengthen internally our Asian American base so we can be very effective,” she told Asian Journal at the sidelines of MGM’s annual diversity report last Oct 1.

Already, the company’s several properties employ close to 10,000 Asian Americans in Las Vegas , MGM’s president and chief executive officer Jim Murren noted in an earlier forum.

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President Obama nominates first Asian American Chief of Staff

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

(AsianWeek) President Obama recently nominated Senior Adviser to the President Pete Rouse to be his next Chief of Staff. In doing so, Rouse becomes the first person of Asian American heritage to hold the position.

Rouse, whose maternal grandfather emigrated from Tokyo to San Francisco in 1885, is of partial Japanese American heritage. He, along with Valerie Jarret and Daniel Axlerod, were nominated by President Obama to be his Senior Advisers upon Obama’s inauguration.

Rouse will succeed former Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, who stepped down from the position in order to pursue a campaign to run for the Mayor of his native Chicago.

Deemed by many members of the press as the “Second-Most Powerful Position in Washington,” the Chief of Staff will oversee duties such as managing the President’s schedule, determining Presidential meetings, and overseeing the actions of the White House staff.

Diversity on TV and films? SAG seems to think so as it celebrates Diversity Awareness Month.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

(Shoot Publicity Wire) For the second year, Screen Actors Guild will celebrate Diversity Awareness Month during the month of October with a slate of programs and activities exhibiting the value of diversity and equal employment of diverse actors in film, television and other recorded media.

From a Diversity Careers in Focus conference at national headquarters to SAG’s Dare to Be Diverse screening series, an inclusive and abundant lineup awaits. (See the complete calendar below.)

“SAG’s Diversity Awareness Month celebration is a mission that is close to my heart and one to which I am personally dedicated, and have been for more than 40 years,” said SAG National President Ken Howard. “Our union, our industry and our culture are made stronger and more powerful when everyone has equal access to work opportunities. It’s time to swing wide the door of opportunity that has remained closed to so many for so long.”

The Guild has, since its inception, been an advocate for diversity and equal employment in the workplace and entertainment industry. In addition to protecting all members against discrimination and harassment, SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity works closely with members who are LGBT, performers of color, performers with disabilities, senior performers and women to increase employment opportunities for these underemployed and underrepresented groups.

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Study: racial predatory loans fueled U.S. housing crisis

Monday, October 4th, 2010

(Reuters) Predatory lending aimed at racially segregated minority neighborhoods led to mass foreclosures that fueled the U.S. housing crisis, according to a new study published in the American Sociological Review.

Predatory lending typically refers to loans that carry unreasonable fees, interest rates and payment requirements.

Poorer minority areas became a focus of these practices in the 1990s with the growth of mortgage-backed securities, which enabled lenders to pool low- and high-risk loans to sell on the secondary market, Professor Douglas Massey of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and PhD candidate Jacob Rugh, said in their study.

The financial institutions likely to be found in minority areas tended to be predatory — pawn shops, payday lenders and check cashing services that “charge high fees and usurious rates of interest,” they said in the study.

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How does Michael Vick rank among the best African American QBs of alltime?

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

(Bleacher Report) It’s been a scramble for black quarterbacks in the NFL, but the light at the end of the end zone is visible.

The term “black quarterback” has become an enigma in the National Football League.

In 1946, the year before Jackie Robinson broke the color line in pro baseball, pro football legend Paul Brown signed an undrafted RB named Marion Motley to play for the Cleveland Browns.

Motley broke the color line in American professional sports with his signing.

Twenty-two years later, the color line was broken in the professional quarterback position when the American Football League’s Denver Broncos made rookie Marlin Briscoe a starter in 1968.

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US Apologizes for 1940s STD Study That Infected Guatemalans With Syphilis

Friday, October 1st, 2010

(ABC News) In 1946, American researchers performed an appalling experiment, infecting unwitting Guatemalans with a potentially deadly disease in the name of public health.

In an effort to see if penicillin could prevent or treat syphilis, government scientists went to the impoverished Central American country to deliberately infect nearly 700 men and women — including prisoners, inmates in insane asylums, and even some soldiers — with the potentially fatal sexually transmitted disease.

The researchers used prostitutes to infect the men and hypodermic needles to infect the women.

The experiments, which lasted from 1946 to 1949, were uncovered last year by Susan Reverby, a professor at Wellesley College, as she was researching a book.

When she came across the Guatemala study, her first reaction was, “Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh, my God,” Reverby told ABC News today.

“The evidence is clear that [the subjects] didn’t know. The authorities were told something, but the people didn’t know,” she said.

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Ford to exceed supplier diversity commitment

Friday, October 1st, 2010

(Business First) Ford Motor Co. plans to exceed its 2010 goal of purchasing more than 10 percent of its goods and services from minority- and women-owned businesses.

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford (NYSE: F) did not disclose the total amount the company planned to spend with women- and minority-owned businesses in 2010. The company bought $2.7 billion worth of goods and services from minority- and women-owned tier-one suppliers in the United States in 2009, according to a news release.

Ford’s tier-one suppliers in return purchased $1.02 billion worth of goods and services from minority- and women-owned businesses in 2009, according to the release.

Total expenditures with women- and minority-owned businesses in 2009 declined from 2008 spending, primarily because manufacturing and sales volumes declined as a result of the economic downturn, Ford said.

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