Archive for October, 2011

Herman Cain: Call Me ‘Black American’ Not ‘African American’

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

(Mediaite) In the past few weeks, presidential candidate Herman Cain has not backed away from talking about his racial identity and how it influences his politics, and today on Meet The Press, Cain explained that he personally would rather be referred to as a “black American” than an “African American.”

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Hispanic politicians getting GOP attention

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

(Statesman.com) New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are popular, relative political newcomers in presidential battleground states.

The rising GOP stars are also Hispanics, something the Republican Party makes no secret of hoping to capitalize on in the upcoming national elections.

National Republicans are inviting them on international fact-finding trips, courting them for high-profile public appearances and whispering their names as possibilities for vice presidential nominations.

"They represent the American Dream," said Fred Malek, founder of the conservative American Action Network and its spinoff, the Hispanic Leadership Network, whose mission is to bring Hispanics into the party. "They represent what America is all about: how to succeed. How to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, reach success and show leadership. They all share that."

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Spanish Language Scholar Leads Development Of Digital Tools To Teach Hispanic History

Monday, October 17th, 2011

(Huffington Post) If Latinos don't understand the roots of their culture, how can they preserve it? Although the explanation might sound a bit more academic at times, that concern is driving scholars at the Dominican Studies Institute of the City College of New York to develop new digital technology for studying Spanish writings from the Americas' colonial era.

Their prototype is called the Spanish Paleography Digital Teaching and Learning Tool.

"It is a tool that will revolutionize the history and contribute to the strengthening of Hispanic cultural identity in the United States," said Ramona Hernandez, director of the institute. She said the online program will facilitate the study of four centuries of written Spanish, beginning with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World and continuing through the formation of Hispanic society and "the founding of the countries we know as the Americas."

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California School District Racial Profiled Latino Students, ACLU Says

Monday, October 17th, 2011

(FoxNews Latino) The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California is suing a school district and law enforcement authorities for allegedly racially profiling 55 Hispanic students.

The ACLU says Glendale Unified School District illegally detained and searched the students, who were rounded up and help for an hour in September 2010. The Los Angeles police departments and Los Angeles County Probation Department were also named in the lawsuit.

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Hispanic Activists Cry Foul Over Arizona Being Awarded 2015 Super Bowl

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

(FoxNews) The NFL’s decision to pick Arizona this week to host the Super Bowl in 2015 has outraged some Hispanic activists who had organized a boycott of the state after a controversial immigration law passed last year.

“In light of Arizona’s hate-based legislation, the action taken by the NFL serves as an endorsement of the state’s abhorrent actions against the Latino and migrant communities,” said Margaret Moran, national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the largest Hispanic civil rights group in the country.

“Instead of supporting efforts that would encourage stakeholders and community leaders to build alliances and re-direct state politics away from hate-based legislation, the NFL has chosen to prove an economic shot in the arm to state that will only continue to oppress an already disadvantaged community.”

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Some minority kids may be less likely to wear a seat belt

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Minority children might be at greater risk for car crash-related injuries because fewer wear seat belts, a study finds.

The study, presented Saturday at the American Academy of Pediatrics' national conference in Boston, looked at statistics on 37,375 children younger than 16 collected from the National Trauma Database from 2002 to 2006. Among those children, less than half — 45.7% — were in restraints. The lowest use of seat belts was found among black, Hispanic and Native American children.

Researchers found that 12.6% of children who were injured required emergency surgery, and that the use of seat belts was linked with less severe injuries and a lower risk of needing an emergency operation.

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Attention Black America: Occupy Wall Street Is About You, Too

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

(BET) Occupy Wall Street has officially entered its fourth week and African-American supporters are saying that their communities, more than anyone, need to be showing their support.

“If any other community needs a bailout, it’s the African-American community,” says hip hop artist Jasiri X, who has joined the protesters in Lower Manhattan. “Not only do we have a foreclosure crisis, but we have abandoned homes, we have poverty problems, we have young Black male unemployment.”

Jasiri X traveled from Pittsburgh, which was recently named the poorest Black community in the country, to Occupy Wall Street, the movement that is demanding that the government support education, infrastructure and jobs, get rid of corporate tax loopholes, and strengthen democracy. He says that he’s in New York to make sure that the voices of the Black communities are heard.

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Can NFL’s Rooney Rule work in corporate America?

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

(AP) Now that the National Football League has a record number of head coaches who are black and Hispanic, can Fortune 500 companies borrow from the league's diversity playbook and see similar results among corporate executives?

Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, thinks so. He is urging corporate America to adopt a version of the NFL's Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate when filling head coach and general manager positions.

Currently, seven NFL coaches are black and one is Hispanic. Five general managers are minorities. In 2003, when the rule was implemented, there were three African American NFL head coaches.

Unlike the NFL rule, which is mandatory for teams, Johnson is asking companies to voluntarily adopt a version of the rule.

In Johnson's version, which he calls the RLJ Rule, companies would include at least two African Americans among interviewees for positions of vice president and above and interview at least two black firms when searching for vendor and supplier services contractors.

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Robert Johnson, First Black American Billionaire, Proposes Plan To Reduce Black Unemployment

Friday, October 14th, 2011

(Huffington Post) As Congress weighs the Obama administration's jobs package, RLJ Companies CEO Robert Johnson is pushing a proposal that he says marshals the capacity of the nation's biggest companies to significantly reduce black unemployment.

Johnson has dubbed his idea the "RLJ Rule." It calls on Fortune 1000 companies to voluntarily consider a more diverse pool of qualified candidates when filling senior level job openings and hiring contractors. Johnson has described it as the business version of the National Football League's Rooney Rule, a 2003 mandate that required teams to consider diverse candidate pools when filling senior positions.

Johnson, the United States' first black billionaire, has been critical of the way that the Obama administration and Congress have tried to address the nation's stubborn unemployment problem. He believes businesses can create solutions to social problems.

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Obama Praises Hispanics, Jobs Act

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

(Hispanic Business) President Obama on Wednesday praised the contributions of Hispanics to the United States and made another pitch for his stalled American Jobs Act.

Obama spoke to a crowd gathered at the U.S. Interior Department in Washington at an American Latino heritage forum organized by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, one of the top Hispanics in government.

"Diversity has always been America's strength," the president said. "We are richer because of the men and women and children who've come to our shores and joined our union. …

"And nowhere is that more true than with the Latino community. Right now, there are 54 million Americans of Latino descent — one-sixth of our population. Our neighbors, our co-workers, our family, our friends. You've helped us build our cities, grow our economy, defend our country. And today, for the first time in history, there is a Latina in my Cabinet and a Latina (Justice Sonia Sotomayor) on the bench of the highest court in the land. (U.S. Labor Secretary) Hilda Solis is doing an outstanding job."

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