Archive for July, 2012

Asian-American voters could become game-changers in presidential election

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

 

(San Jose Mercury News) Add Asian-Americans to the list of voting blocs that candidates and political parties ignore at their own peril.

Just as "soccer moms" proved to be a crucial swing vote in 1996 and Latinos have become a much-sought-after constituency, the Asian-American electorate is now emerging as a game-changer.

The signs are ominous for Republicans: Not only has the Asian-American population exploded in the past decade, but recent polls show Asian-Americans are turning away from the GOP in droves.

They've "started to understand they have the leverage," said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Campbell. "A marginalized community has become a margin of victory."

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Unemployment rises among black Americans, figures show

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

 

(The Guardian) One of the most jarring figures in the labour statistics is a rise in unemployment among African Americans, from 13.6% to 14.4%, double the rate for the white population.

The proportion of white Americans out of work was static at 7.4%, and while the jobless rate for Latinos remained high at 11%, it too was unchanged from May.

Algernon Austin, the director of the race, ethnicity and economy programme at the Economic Policy Institute, said the figure for black Americans had been hovering at or above 14% for the past three years, even with a 'recovery' supposedly under way. "It is an extremely high rate to be stuck at," Austin said. "That is the really important news."

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Latino Advertising Can Alienate Non-Latinos, Study Says

Monday, July 9th, 2012

 

(Huffington Post) Well-known in the Hispanic community for his love ballads and salsa numbers, Marc Anthony is asking Latinos to do more than just dance these days. "The president has our back, so it's time to let him know that we have his," Anthony says in an advertisement for the Obama campaign aimed at English-dominant Latino voters. Other Hispanic notables, including actress Eva Longoria and "Hispanic Oprah" Cristina Saralegui, have recorded English-language ads for President Barack Obama with similar messages.

Many marketers say these ads are smart, because they appeal to Latino voters who primarily speak English, a growing demographic in battleground states. However, as candidates release Spanish and English-language ads geared towards Latinos, emerging research indicates that some non-Latinos may feel turned off by them.

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Childhood abuse linked to adult obesity in black women, study says

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

 

(Chicago Tribune) Higher levels of childhood physical or sexual abuse are associated with an increased risk for obesity among adult African American women, researchers said.

It was the first study to look at a large group of African American women for this association, which has been found among women in previous studies, the researchers from Boston University said in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The association was “modest, statistically significant” for women who reported severe abuse early in life. And the researchers note that caregivers could take this into account when working with children to prevent obesity.

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Graduates from ethnic minorities face an even harder time

Friday, July 6th, 2012

 

(The Guardian) Life for an ethnic minority graduate in 2012 isn't easy. Each step along the way to finding a graduate job, from deciding if it's financially viable to go to university in the first place, to applying for a place and then finding a job afterwards, ethnic minority students are at a distinct disadvantage. The discrepancies are shocking.

Some tuition fees have trebled, putting a university education out of reach for many, and if you come from an ethnic minority background you are twice as likely to be in a low-income household. Being able to afford university is just the first challenge for ethnic minority students.

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Hispanic First-Time Home Buyers To Dominate Market Within 8 Years

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

 

(The Mortgage Reports) Hispanic -Americans harbor different beliefs about homeownership as compared to the American population at-large. 

According to national housing sentiment surveys :

  • 56% of Hispanic-Americans believe that owning a home is a symbol of success. Just 32 percent of all Americans believe that.
  • 68% of Hispanic-Americans believe that buying a home is a sound economic decision. Just 57 percent of all Americans believe that.
  • 73% of Hispanic-Americans believe homeownership is a good path to building family wealth. Just 57 percent of all Americans believe that.

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NBC to Promote Web Site for Latinos

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

 

(New York Times) After a year of trying a Tumblr page, the Web site for NBCLatino.com is ready to face its readers. On Monday, NBC News will officially announce the site dedicated to news and features for a Latino audience.

“We want to tell the Hispanic-American story with Hispanic-American voices in English,” said Chris Peña, the site’s executive editor. “It’s a young demographic; we know it’s a growing demographic.”

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CA High Schools Are Failing Blacks And Latinos, As Few Offer Pathways To College, Report Says

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

 

(Huffington Post) California high schools that serve largely Latino or African American students are failing them as pathways to college, according to a new report by a statewide education policy, research and advocacy organization.

Just 10 percent of high schools that serve primarily Latino students have above-average graduation and college-going rates for Latinos. The same is true for African Americans at 24 percent of high schools serving the largest proportions of African American students, the Education Trust–West found. Many students in both populations are low-income.

The college-going rate among Latino and African American students who graduated high school in 2010 lagged behind that of white and Asian students by 20 and more than 30 percentage points, respectively. The estimate, released last week, found 45 percent of Latinos and 46 percent of African Americans in the class of 2010 enrolled in college.

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Analysis: 98.4% of voters on Rick Scott’s first purge list are eligible voters

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

(Daily Kos) The statistics that we've seen from the first round of Republican Gov. Rick Scott's Florida voter purge are pretty disturbing. The Miami Herald uncovered the fact that 58 percent of the people on the initial list sent out to supervisors to be scrubbed off the voting rolls were Hispanic, even though they represent just 13 percent of the voting population. According to the paper's analysis, in addition to Hispanics, Democratic and independent voters were more likely to be on the list.

That's bad, but further analysis from ElectionSmith, Inc. makes it even worse. They've found that 98.4 percent of the 2,625 people included on that first list as "potential noncitizens" are eligible voters. That's quite an error rate.

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