Archive for March, 2013

Hispanic Unemployment Rate Dips in February

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

(Hispanic Business) The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Hispanics dropped slightly in February to 9.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The Hispanic unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in January, which in turn was up just slightly from 9.6 percent in December. The rate for Hispanics in February 2012 was 11.4 percent.

Overall unemployment for the country dipped to 7.7 percent.

There are 2.3 million idled workers in the Hispanic civilian labor force, out of a total Hispanic civilian workforce of 24.6 million.

The unemployment rate for Hispanic males 20 years and older was 9.1 percent in February compared to 10.4 percent a year earlier, while the rate for females was 10 percent compared to 11 percent a year earlier. Those number weren't seasonally adjusted.

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African American teen invited to ‘KKK’ birthday party, mom says

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

(ABC News) A black student at a Texas junior high school was the victim of routine racial taunts and bullying, including his receiving a fake invitation to a KKK birthday party to be held in his honor, his mother says.

Justin Howard, a seventh-grader at Tomball Junior High School in Tomball, Texas, has been harassed by a group of white students who bullied him because he is black, according to his mother, Tahiyyah Howard.

"I'm just, really, you know, sick of it," Howard told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV. "A girl wrote on the board 'Black Justin' and my son was really upset."

The most egregious example, the boy's mother said, came when Justin received a fake birthday party invitation from two classmates with a Ku Klux Klan theme. It is unclear about how the boy became aware of the note.

"[They] put it on his desk and said that he was invited to a KKK birthday party with lots of fun and games," said Howard, who has not sought action outside the school.

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Obama pushing to diversify federal judiciary amid GOP delays

Friday, March 8th, 2013

(Washington Post) In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit? The first South Asian.

Reelected with strong support from women, ethnic minorities and gays, Obama is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress.

The president has named three dozen judicial candidates since January and is expected to nominate scores more over the next few months, aides said. The push marks a significant departure from the sluggish pace of appointments throughout much of his first term, when both Republicans and some Democrats complained that Obama had not tried hard enough to fill vacancies on federal courts.

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Obama Cabinet picks add diversity, but still frustrate White House allies

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

(Washington Post) For an administration under fire for lacking gender and ethnic diversity in its top posts, thenominations President Obama unveiled Monday have quieted some amount of the criticism — but not much.

Obama’s choice of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Office of Management and Budget and Gina McCarthy to direct the Environmental Protection Agency adds two women to the Cabinet, in addition to Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell.

Obama also tapped Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Ernest Moniz to oversee the Energy Department. Still, members of the Hispanic community are waiting for a high-profile appointment and becoming increasingly uneasy as the number of available slots are dwindling. The grandparents of Moniz hailed from the Azores in Portugal, but that does not fit the traditional definition of Hispanic or Latino.

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Mitt Romney tells Fox campaign’s ‘real mistake’ was disconnect with minorities

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

 

(Guardian) Mitt Romney has admitted that a failure to connect with minority voters and his underestimation of support for Barack Obama's healthcare reforms helped cost him the presidential election – an assessment that could have important implications for a Republican party divided over how to take back the White House.

Romney said the alienation of Latino and black voters did "real damage to my campaign".

"We weren't effective taking our message to primarily to minority voters, to Hispanic Americans, African Americans, other minorities.

"That was a failing. That was a real mistake," he told Fox News Sunday in his first major interview since his defeat in November.

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Oberlin College cancels classes to address racial incidents

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

 

(CNN) – Oberlin College in Ohio suspended classes Monday after a student reported seeing a person resembling a Ku Klux Klan member near the college's Afrikan Heritage House.

The sighting of the person wearing a white hood and robe was reported early Monday morning and follows a string of recent hate incidents on Oberlin's campus that have ignited shock and confusion among the student body.

"Since the beginning, there's been anger, frustration, sadness and fear, but we've been working toward a concentrated effort toward change," said Eliza Diop, 20, a politics and Africana Studies major who serves on the college student senate and is a resident of the Afrikan Heritage House, which offers programs focused on the African diaspora, according to the college's website.

Oberlin College is a small liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, with almost 3,000 students. An emergency meeting among the college's officials was immediately called after the report.

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Mitch McConnell Punches Back At Liberal Racial Attacks On His Wife On CNN

Monday, March 4th, 2013

 

(Mediaite) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellresponded to racial attacks on his wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, from a liberal Kentucky based Super PAC on CNN’s State of The Union this morning.

McConnell told CNN’s Candy Crowley that he is ready for any candidate and

“I must stay has started early, a left-wing group down here in Kentucky already issued racial slurs against my wife and already questioned my own patriotism, so the left is fully engaged down here in Kentucky. They would love to take out the republican leader of the senate,” he said.

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Census Bureau drops use of ‘Negro’ in surveys

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

(Los Angeles Times) After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.

Instead, census forms will use "black" or "African American."

The change will take effect next year when the Census Bureau distributes its annual American Community Survey to more than 3.5 million U.S. households, Nicholas Jones, chief of the bureau's racial statistics branch, said in an interview.

He pointed to months of public feedback and census research that concluded few black Americans still identify with being Negro and that many view the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation as "offensive and outdated."

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NASCAR racial slur: Jeremy Clements suspended for using racial slur in interview

Friday, March 1st, 2013

 

(Examiner.com) NASCAR has suspended Jeremy Clements for a racial slur. The racial slur from Clements was allegedly uttered during an interview at Daytona International Speedway back on Feb. 23. According to a report from ESPN early Thursday (Feb. 28), Clements has been suspended from the Nationwide Series indefinitely.

Officials from NASCAR haven't specifically stated what his remarks were and have not verified earlier reports on the topic. What they did state was that Clements used an intolerable and insensitive remark that led to this suspension.

Clements issued a statement of his own, but it might not be good enough to save this from being a public relations nightmare for his team and sponsors. Clements reportedly stated, "I will not get into specifics of what I said, but my comment to the writer was in no way meant to be disrespectful or insensitive to anyone or to be detrimental to NASCAR or the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I will do what I need to do in order to atone for my error in judgment."

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