Archive for March, 2013

Republican Rep. Don Young refers to Latinos using racial slur

Sunday, March 31st, 2013


Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), in an interview with a local radio station released Thursday, referred to Latinos working on a ranch by using the derogatory term “wetbacks.”

“My father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 or 60 wetbacks and — to pick tomatoes,” Young said in the interview with KRBD. “You know, it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

The term “wetback” is a slur often used to refer to illegal Mexican immigrants. Merriam-Webster defines it as “a Mexican who enters the United States illegally,” “from the practice of wading or swimming the Rio Grande where it forms the U.S.-Mexico border.”

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Are These Stars Latinos? 12 Celebrities With Ambiguous Heritage

Saturday, March 30th, 2013


(Huffington Post) Latinos are very proud of their culture and moreover of the stars that represent them in front of the world. However, sometimes in an effort to celebrate and support their own, stars with ambiguous heritage get labeled as Latino.

So, what does it means to be a Latino? How much Latin blood you need to have running through your veins in order to be considered part of the community? Who decides who is Hispanic and who is not?

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Earl Wright, LAPD Officer, Wins $1.2 Million After Enduring Vulgar Racial Harassment Within Department

Friday, March 29th, 2013


(Huffington Post) A black LA police officer was awarded $1.2 million by a jury Tuesday for being the target of vulgar racial harassment by a white supervisor and other officers.

Officer Earl Wright, a 23-year LAPD veteran, alleged that the department did not take his complaints seriously, which caused him to be hospitalized and miss seven months of work because of stress and anxiety.

In one instance detailed in the lawsuit documents, Wright was given a 20-year anniversary cake with a fried chicken leg and slice of watermelon on top. The cake was presented to him by Sgt. Peter Foster, a white officer who supervised the Community Relations Office in Central Division, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In another instance, when Wright asked Foster for permission to leave work early, Foster responded, "Why? You gotta go pick watermelons?"

In 2010, Foster sent Wright a text message depicting one yellow duckling with its arms raised above its head while standing in front of five black ducklings, according to the lawsuit, NBC reports. Under the depiction was a message that used a slang version of the "N" word to ask Wright what he was up to.

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Hispanic-Americans help drive growth in U.S. coffee consumption: study

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

(Reuters) – Hispanic-Americans are leading the way in growing coffee consumption in the United States, while the number of adults under 40 who enjoy the popular drink on a daily basis has dropped, according to an industry study released on Friday.

Of the Hispanic-Americans who participated in the National Coffee Association's (NCA) National Coffee Drinking Trends 2013 market study, 76 percent said they had drunk coffee the previous day. That is up by 13 percentage points from last year.

This compares with 47 percent of African-Americans and 64 percent of Caucasian-Americans who said they had consumed coffee the day before.

This was the second year that the study included ethnicity.

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Racial Diversity Increasing In U.S. Congregations

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


(Huffington Post) Martin Luther King's once said 11 a.m. Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. That statement seems to remain true today, 57 years later. However, the 2010 Faith Communities Today** report shows a major shift toward desegregation is underway among the nation's religious communities. 

The study, which included more than 11,000 congregations, found the number of multiracial faith communities has nearly doubled in the past decade. Nearly 14 percent of congregations are considered multiracial, with at least 20 percent of members coming from racial groups different from the congregation's majority race. The study also found 4 percent of America's congregations are multiracial, with no racial group having a majority.
Researchers have been tracking these changes since the 1990s. Mark Chaves, in the 1998 National Congregations Study, reported that 7.5 percent of all congregations were multiracial.  Another study in the late 1990s by sociologist Michael Emerson found 5 percent of Protestant churches and 15 percent of Catholic churches were multiracial.

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Asian Americans attack cultural labels at summit on stereotypes

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

(Los Angeles Times) More than 200 participants gathered in Little Tokyo on Saturday to talk – and tweet – candidly about persistent negative images damaging to their ethnic group, especially when it comes to family, education, politics and news coverage.

Participants converged on Little Tokyo for "Beyond the Bad and the Ugly," the first ever summit on Asian American stereotypes. Some sported buttons with labels touting them as thugs, geeks, players and FOBs, or "fresh off the boat."   

"Don't be afraid," a moderator urged at the start, and participants didn't hold back, attacking offensive stereotypes of some members of their ethnic group that ranged from sexless nerds to predatory temptresses. 

To counter such notions, organizers invited some of the most visible Asian American bloggers, activists and academics to share their views. Speakers set a frank tone from the opening session, with poet and author Beau Sia noting, "You think I know martial arts? I don't. You think I'm smart? I'm dumb. We decide how to build or how to react to our environment. We can turn … into gold."

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Matthews: Won’t ‘Call Her Racist, But’ ‘Ethnicity’s A Factor’ In Bachmann’s Criticism Of Obama’s Dog Walker

Monday, March 25th, 2013


(Mediaite) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has beenunder fire in the press this week after she criticized President Barack Obama for taking advantage of the White House’s taxpayer funded dog walker. Beyond the factual inaccuracies, however, MSNBC host Chris Matthewsidentified a racial element in Bachmann’s criticisms of Obama. He said Friday that, in his opinion, the president’s “ethnicity’s a factor” in Bachmann’s criticisms. 

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After playing a clip of several quotes Bachmann made recently which earned her the rebuke of the nation’s fact checkers, Matthews returned to his guests and asked if they heard something deeper in her comments.

“You know, I’m going to be careful here, but I think ethnicity’s a factor here,” Matthews said. “You go after a president on things like dog walking and this ridiculous notion of five chefs on Air Force – like you can’t have that because, from your background.”

“Let me not call her a racist, but I don’t know what’s in this,” Matthews added.

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White student union members refuse to apologize for advocating racial segregation and slavery at university conservative conference

Sunday, March 24th, 2013


(Daily Mail) Two members of the White Student Union at Towson University in Maryland are refusing to apologize after advocating for racial segregation and defending slavery during the school’s Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

The two student group members, Scott Terry and Matthew Heimbach, took their incendiary stances while Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans was delivering a presentation at the university event about how Republicans could reach minorities more effectively. 

In the midst of Smith’s presentation, Terry began challenging him about the inclusion of blacks in the Republican Party.

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Tough racial issues face GOP in minority outreach

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013


(CNN) – Republican K. Carl Smith is African-American and he knows that the GOP's racial reckoning won't come from 100-page reports from party headquarters with carefully worded prescriptions about "outreach" to "demographic partners."

Instead, the type of sea change needed to shake the GOP's image as a party of old, white and culturally-insulated men will require the type of profound grassroots shakeup that might make some in the GOP uneasy.

"You got your establishment Republicans who want to keep things the same," said Smith, an Army veteran who grew up in Alabama during the Civil Rights era. "The status quo needs to go through some, I won't say diversity classes, but I'll say liberty classes and learn about helping people on the bottom of the ladder."

He said the party also has to deal with small but noisy elements that co-opt any message of inclusiveness if it wants to win the "propaganda battle."

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The White Student Suing to Overthrow Affirmative Action Was Too Dumb to Get Into Her Chosen College

Friday, March 22nd, 2013


( Life is tough for white people in America. A few hundred years of presumed superiority have left many of them psychologically unable to deal with failure, trapped in a cycle of victimhood where their own shortcomings can only be understood as evidence of persecution against them. So we have Abigail Fisher, 23 years old, and the plaintiff in Fisher v. University of Texas, which is currently being weighed by the Supreme Court.

Fisher, who is white, is suing the university because—well, because the full-time crusaders against affirmative action asked her to. But her ostensible complaint is that she applied to go to the University of Texas at Austin but didn't get in, while some students who are not white did get in, under the university's system of weighing "personal circumstances," including poverty and race, in some of its admissions. Ergo, under the logic of anti-reverse racism, some undeserving minority student took her spot.

But this week, Pro Publica published a look into the actual circumstances surrounding University of Texas admissions when Fisher applied. And that the reason Fisher didn't get in was that she wasn't qualified.

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