Archive for December, 2012

Time for Obama and Holder to Truly End Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

Monday, December 31st, 2012

 

(Huffington Post, Laura Murphy Op-Ed) Why can't President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder do more to ban racial profiling in the United States?

Surely, more so than any of their predecessors, they can understand the injustice and humiliation racial profiling victims feel when they are treated as suspect because of the color of their skin.

Yet, after four years in office, they have made no revisions to the Justice Department guidance regarding the use of race in federal law enforcement issued by Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2003. Ashcroft's guidance was deficient: though it expressly banned racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies, it left broad exemptions for national security and border integrity investigations.

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Spike Lee: ‘Django Unchained Is Disrespectful To My African American Ancestors”

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

 

(ContactMusic.com) Director Spike Lee has taken aim at Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained, insisting the slave drama is "disrespectful" to African American history.

The movie, which stars Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson, follows the fortunes of a freed servant trying to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The project has received rave reviews, but Lee won't be watching it because he's convinced it's one movie African Americans should avoid.

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Wells Fargo Shells $60M in Bias Case

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

(Zack's) Over 3,900 minority borrowers of Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC Analyst Report) will receive nearly $60 million in cash rebates from the company, according to a Bloomberg report. These borrowers were unjustly placed into the non prime loans category despite being eligible for the prime one.

This $60 million payment from Wells Fargo is part of a settlement with the U.S. and is over and above the $125 million payment and $50 million assistance fund that Wells Fargo conceded to pay as part of a settlement that received the federal judge’s nod in September.

Deposited into an escrow account last week, this fund size was calculated following an internal review of loans offered to minority borrowers. On an average, Wells Fargo will provide $14,850 per borrower.

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Asian-Americans speak out against Google app they call offensive

Friday, December 28th, 2012

 

(CNN) – The maker of a Google app thinks it's fun to make yourself look Asian by changing the shape of your eyes and wearing a Fu Manchu mustache and rice paddy hat.

Another app – "Make Me Indian" – makes you a Native American with brown skin, war paint and a feather headband.

“This is just a fun app (that) lets you indulge you and your friends," says the description of the "Make Me Asian" app created by user KimberyDeiss and available on Google Play.

"You can for a few seconds to make (yourself) a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asians," the description says.

Not amusing or cute, say Asian-American organizations that launched a petition to get Google to remove both apps.

The apps use dated and racist stereotypes of Asians and Native Americans, said the online campaign 18 Million Rising, named after the number of Asian-Americans in the United States.

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Hair care before exercise for some African American women

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

 

(Examiner) A new study released in the Archives ofDermatology on Monday, December 17, reveals that hair care may be more important than exercise for some African Americanwomen.

Rebecca R. Hall, MD, Shani Francis, MD, MBA, Melicia Whitt-Glover, PhD, Kismet Loftin-Bell, MS, Katrina Swett, MS and Amy J. McMichael, MD set out to find the influence hairstyle maintenance has over exercise behavior in African American women.

The results, are not surprising, as a great deal of time, money and effort is involved in ethnic hair care. Of the 103 African American women aged 21-60 who completed the study’s questionnaire, 37.9% avoids exercise due to hair-related issues, whereas, 50% have modified their hairstyles to accommodate their workout routine.

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‘Female Barack Obama’ Could Be The Next Supreme Court Justice

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

(Business Insider) Which Supreme Court justice will step down next?

 

Most experts believe it will be 79-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Clinton appointee and the court's oldest member, according to Bloomberg Law.

The most likely candidate to replace her is California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who's dubbed "the female Barack Obama," SCOTUSBlog's Tom Goldstein told Bloomberg.

Like Obama, Harris, 48, is a rising political star, who wrote a book and broke racial barriers. Harris was the first woman attorney general in the Golden State.

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Report: Predatory auto and student loans still targeting Latinos

Friday, December 21st, 2012

 

(NBC Latino) For many Latino families, average household incomes in the past decade have gone down.  Hispanics lost 66 percent of their household wealth following the Great Recession, and unemployment has been high among Latinos.  This has resulted in two things. Households have reduced spending, but for big expenditures like mortgages, automobiles and higher education, families have to take on additional debt.

Yet in the area of student loans, and even more so with auto loans, Latino families are still being steered in many cases toward riskier and even predatory loans, according to a new report from the Center for Responsible Lending.

In the case of auto loans, for example, families with low credit scores have basically two options: Applying for a loan over the internet with a lender the consumer has never heard of, or financing through the car dealer.  Low-income consumers or those with poor credit, for example, are more subject to yo-yo scams, where the dealer changes the terms of the initial loan yet refuses to give money back to the family if they don’t agree, and even threatens the consumer with auto theft if the buyer does not immediately return the car. Most families agree to the changes and pay interest rates of 5 percentage points or higher than conventional loans.

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Call for diversity: The GOP makes history with a Senate appointment

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

 

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) When U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina resigned this month, there was no jostling for his seat. The smart money was already on Gov. Nikki Haley appointing Rep. Tim Scott, a rising star in conservative circles, to serve the remainder of his mentor's term.

When the Senate returns in January, its newest member will be notable for several reasons. He will be the only African-American in the Senate and only the seventh in U.S. history.

Mr. Scott also makes the GOP the first party to send an African-American from the South to the Senate since Reconstruction. The world's oldest deliberative body has not been notable for its diversity, so the Republican Party is quietly celebrating his historic appointment.

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Influential Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye dies aged 88

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

 

(The Guardian) Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the influential Democrat who broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals, died Monday. He was 88.

Inouye, a senator since January 1963, was currently the longest-serving senator and was president pro tempore of the Senate, third in the line of presidential succession. His office said on Monday that he died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid announced Inouye's death on the Senate floor.

Inouye was a second world war hero and Medal of Honor winner who lost an arm to a German hand grenade during a battle in Italy. He became the first Japanese American to serve in Congress, when he was elected to the House in 1959, the year Hawaii became a state. He won election to the Senate three years later and served there longer than anyone in American history except Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who died in 2010 after 51 years in the Senate.

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Latino Students Protest At Penn State, After Racist Sorority Picture Stirs Controversy

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

 

(Huffington Post) A Latino group at Penn State organized a silent march on Thursday in the hope of increasing Latino recruitment at the university, just weeks after an offensive photo of a sorority party drew attention to race relations there.

"The incident definitely served as a catalyst for all this but it's not the reason we are doing it," Manuel Figueroa, head of the Puerto Rican Student Association, told CNN. "There are grievances to a larger issue that we believe the university should take up."

The offensive picture of a “Mexican-themed” party at the Penn State chapter of the Chi Omego sorority has sparked discussions of race relations on campus, according to Onward State.

“Why should my parents spend money for me to go to a university that is insensitive to my culture?” one student asked during a meeting of campus organizationsincluding the NAACP, the Black Caucus, the Puerto Rican Student Association, the Mexican American Student Association and others, according to Onward State.

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