Archive for November, 2012

For many blacks, Obama’s reelection cements his legacy

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

(Washington Post) President Obama’s reelection — in a ferocious campaign dotted by charges of racial anger and minority-voter suppression — has provided what many blacks say will surely deepen his legacy: irrefutable evidence that his presidency is hardly a historical fluke as he has now won two national campaigns with overwhelming white support.

Obama, the nation’s first black president, was already soaked in history, a figure seen in the aftermath of his 2008 victory as the culmination of a decades-long civil rights crusade that suffered the assassination of beloved figures who fought and marched for the right to vote and freely pursue the American dream.

But Obama’s first term as president also saw him pelted with racially charged denunciations — some from politicians — that reopened festering wounds and even fears in the African American community for his safety. At times it felt as if the W.E.B. Du Bois prophecy — the problem of the 20th century would be the color line, he famously opined — had leapt right into the 21st century.

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Hispanic Americans play crucial role in Obama victory

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012


(Jamaica Observer) From Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans to Cuban Americans, the more than 12 million Hispanic Americans eligible to vote yesterday apparently held the keys to the White House.

"The most important thing is for our voice, the Hispanic voters' voice, be heard, and that the president knows he has our vote, and should support us," said Celeste Guerra, 20.


The Honduran American student was casting her first vote for Barack Obama in his race against Republican Mitt Romney, a contest in which Hispanics showed their growing political clout.

A diverse cultural group and the largest US minority tracked by the US Census, Hispanics make up about 16 per cent of the US population. But their votes apparently gained even greater importance in swing states such as Nevada, Colorado, Florida and Virginia.

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Hispanic Confidence Growing in Family Finances

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

(Hispanic Business) Hispanics are more satisfied now with their personal finances and with the direction the country is going than they were in 2011, according to a new survey from the Pew Hispanic Center.

Hispanics are more satisfied now with their personal finances and with the direction the country is going than they were in 2011, according to a new survey from thePew Hispanic Center.

More than half (51 percent) of Hispanics surveyed say they are satisfied with the nation's direction, a rise of 13 percent over 2011. That figure was 38 percent in 2001. 

Just 31 percdent of the general public says they are satisfied with how things are going in the country today.

One-third of Hispanics surveyed report that their finances are "excellent" or at least "good." The figure for 2011 was just under one-quarter, at 24 percent. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) say they expect their family finances to improve during the next 12 months. In 2011, just over two-thirds (67 percent) expressed a similar level of optimism.

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African American churches protest foreclosures by black-run bank

Monday, November 5th, 2012

(Los Angeles Times) A coalition of African American ministers is protesting foreclosures on their churches — byBroadway Federal Bank, a savings bank established in the 1940s to serve Los Angeles' then-segregated black community.

About one-quarter of the money Broadway Federal has lent out has been for mortgages on church properties. In the tough economy, it's become a problematic business for the bank, which regulators have categorized as troubled since 2010.

The bank's annual report for 2011 with the Securities and Exchange Commission said regulators have barred it from making additional church loans. Broadway Federal, which continues to be run by African Americans, said its problems "raise substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern."

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Obama leads among Asian Americans

Sunday, November 4th, 2012


(Politico) A new California poll shows why President Barack Obama is again expected to capture the Asian American vote.

In the state with by far the largest Asian population in the nation, the Field Poll reports Obama holds a 58 percent to 25 percent lead over Mitt Romney.

In 2008, national exit polls gave Obama a 62 percent to 35 percent advantage over John McCain among Asians, who made up two percent of the electorate.

According to a Field Poll released Saturday, Obama runs best among California’s Chinese Americans, a group he wins by 63-21. The margin with Vietnamese Americans – a demographic that tends to be more Republican-friendly – is 47-27. Among Korean Americans, Obama leads 41-20 with 39 percent undecided — the reported percentage of undecided voters among all Asian subgroups is unusually high for this late point in the campaign.

Among other Asian groups, Obama leads 62-28.

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2012 Election: Minorities Donating Little To Presidential Races

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012


(Huffington Post) Americans living in predominantly wealthy, white neighborhoods account for nearly all the sizable campaign contributions in this year's presidential election, according to an Associated Press analysis, even as the presidential candidates have aggressively courted Hispanics. Latino voters are widely viewed as pivotal for victories in some battleground states Tuesday.

The disparity in donating particularly affects Latinos. About 16 percent of the U.S. population is Hispanic, but not even 4 percent of the more than $1.3 billion in 3 million-plus itemized contributions came from mostly Hispanic neighborhoods this year, the AP's analysis showed. More than 90 percent came from majority white neighborhoods.

Hispanics, by at least this important measure of contributing to a candidate whose views they support, are remarkably disengaged in the election yet represent a significant ethnic group for President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

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Racial profiling alleged in boy’s killing

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

(SFgate) The family of a South San Francisco teenager who was shot and killed by police at a gas station filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, alleging the fatal shooting was the result of unlawful racial profiling by officers.

Derrick Gaines, 15, was killed June 5 after he and a 14-year-old friend were stopped by police as they walked through an Arco gas station on the 2300 block of Westborough Boulevard around 8:45 p.m.

South San Francisco police said they questioned the two boys because they were engaged in suspicious behavior. Gaines was African American and his friend is Filipino.

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Rise of the Tiger Nation

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

(Wall Street Journal) Last March, an interviewer archly asked President Barack Obama whether he was aware that he had been "surpassed" by basketball phenomenon Jeremy Lin "as the most famous Harvard graduate." The question was misformulated. If there was any surpassing going on, it was that Mr. Lin had become, briefly, more famous than Mr. Obama as the country's most exemplary figure from a hitherto marginalized minority.

Mr. Lin's triumph on the basketball court is a living metaphor for the social group he comes from. No one would dispute the opening paragraph of the Pew Research Center's massive study of Asian-Americans, released over the summer: "Asian-Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success." Or as Mr. Lin put it in a video of congratulation he made last spring for the overwhelmingly Asian-American graduates of New York City's famed Stuyvesant High School: "Never let anyone tell you what you can't do."

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