Archive for August, 2012

Record number of Asian-Americans running for U.S. Congress

Friday, August 10th, 2012


( With their surging Census numbers, Asian-Americans are taking the next step: They are running for public office.

Including Pacific Islanders, 30 Asian-Americans launched campaigns for Congress this year, compared with 10 in 2010 and eight in 2008, according to the Asian Pacific Institute of Congressional Studies (APICS).

A nonpartisan political group, APICS tracks the political engagement of Asian Pacific Americans, now the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, but long considered a non-player in the political arena.

"It's extremely exciting," says Gloria Chan, APICS president and CEO. "We could really stand to gain seats and affect the balance of power in Congress."

It was a sentiment widely shared at the OCA Asian Pacific American national convention that ended Sunday at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Racial-profiling trial outcome hinges on hard data

Thursday, August 9th, 2012


(Arizona Republic) The clash over traffic-stop data in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's racial-profiling trial was evident from the moment the plaintiffs' statistical expert took the witness stand.

"Good to see you again," Deputy County Attorney Tom Liddy, representing the Sheriff's Office, told Temple University professor Ralph Taylor just three hours into the trial's first day.

"Wish I could say the same," Taylor deadpanned.

The intensity of the ensuing exchange highlighted the role statistical data is expected to play in a judge's upcoming decision in the case.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow heard seven days of testimony that concluded Thursday. Now, he must decide if the Sheriff's Office systematically engages in widespread discrimination against Latinos in its enforcement activities.

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Hollywood Loves Gabby Douglas: Stars Congratulate the Olympics Historymaker

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

( There's nothing like the Olympics to remind us that stars really are just like us. Last night (August 2) firecracker US gymnast Gabby Douglas made history by being the first African American to win the Olympics all-around gold. Even the rich and famous took time to tweet about the girl who's stolen America's heart with her giant smile, big heart, and undeniable skill. 

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Minority Growth In America: Videos Illustrate Rise Of Minorities Across The U.S.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012


(Huffington Post) Sometimes pictures — moving pictures — really say a thousand words.

In these days of heated political rhetoric that mostly seems to divide the country, it may be important for minorities in general, and Latinos in particular, to remember that demography is indeed destiny. Today's battles and divisions will not be tomorrow's.

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Latino Olympians: The Proud Parents Behind The Athletes

Monday, August 6th, 2012


(Huffington Post) The sweat, the tears, the sacrifices that they've made, it's not easy to be an Olympian — but perhaps it's even harder to raise one.

While some parents embrace the limelight, as is the case of Ileana "Ike" Lochte who often talks of her swimming star son's diet and love life (or lack thereof), others remain a bit of a mystery.

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Asian Americans Aren’t A Model Minority, They’re A Neglected Minority

Sunday, August 5th, 2012


(Business Insider) The Pew Center’s recent report “The Rise of Asian Americans,” which shows that Asians, not Latinos, comprise the largest group of immigrant arrivals in the United States, took many people by surprise.

The data also show that Asian Americans have the highest education and per capita income. Together with low reported discrimination, the report paints a portrait of American success.

On the face of these findings, now already three years old, Asian Americans should expect to have a bigger voice in American politics and, indeed, in American society.

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Why Can So Few American Minorities Swim?

Saturday, August 4th, 2012


(The Takeaway) During the first week of the Olympics, all eyes turn to the pool. Phelps, Lochte, Coughlin: America routinely produces some of the world’s best swimmers.

But as a country, America is barely keeping afloat. According to the Red Cross, 37 percent of Americans say they’re not good swimmers. Thirteen percent say they can’t swim at all.

While those numbers are bad, they're even worse among minorities. According to the U.S.A. Swimming Foundation, 70 percent of African-American children and 60 percent of Hispanic children don't know how to swim.

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Diversity Roundup: Is the U.S. Race Relations Problem Solved?

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

(National Journal) Is the U.S. Race Relations Problem Solved? As the first black president, Obama’s election in 2008 was hailed by many as a new era in the U.S. where race relations would be faced head on, theAssociated Press reports. But the varying viewpoints from several Americans and experts show just how divided the nation remains over the issue.

The (Limited) American Dream: For many Latinos, owning a home is an extremely important event, mostly because it’s equated with achieving the American dream, writes Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network, for Fox News Latino. But with an 11 percent unemployment rate for Hispanics and the limited scope of President Obama’s foreclosure aid programs, Hispanics are struggling to realize their dreams, Korn argues.

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Genealogists: Obama Descendant of First American Slave

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


( In a reminder of the complexity of racial identity, genealogists Monday announced that President Barack Obama is probably a descendant of the first American slave — on his mother’s side.

Prior to the discovery, it was believed Obama’s African heritage came exclusively from his father, Barack Obama, Sr. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was white.

Obama, America’s first African American president, is likely the 11th-great grandson of John Punch, an African indentured servant who lived in Virginia in the 1640s. After attempting to escape, Punch was sentenced to remain enslaved for life. Some historians consider Punch to be the first American slave, and there is no question his case helped pave the way for slavery.

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Community outraged after African American couple prevented from marrying at church

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012


(WLBT) Hundreds gathered Monday evening in Crystal Springs, Mississippi to show their support for an African American couple who was prevented from being married at a predominately white church.  The City of Crystal Springs organized the rally to send a message of unity.

First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs pastor Rev. Stan Weatherford and New Zion United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Fitzgerald Lovett embraced while hundreds in the city held hands in prayer.

The community came together to show their love during a unity rally after Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were prevented from marrying at First Baptist.   People of different races and religions prayed for healing.

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