Archive for the ‘Glass ceiling’ Category

Chris Rock can’t believe no minority NFL coaches hired

Sunday, January 20th, 2013


(USAToday) In the year 2013 in America, when the NFL has eight head-coaching vacancies, how is it even possible that not one of those positions is filled by a person of color?

And yet that is what happened, and since it did, surely that question was on the mind of comedian Chris Rock when he tweeted this to his 1.5 million followers Friday night:

Andy Reid wins 4 games and everybody wants him Lovie smith wins 10 games and can't get a job.

Seriously, what's up with that?

Of course, this issue of the NFL's lack of minority coaches — there will be just four next season — isn't that simple. But Rock has a point here.

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New Figures Show Latina Women Hit Hard By Wage Gap

Saturday, January 19th, 2013


(NBC Latino) Texas and California might have the largest populations of employed Latinas – but Hispanic women in these states are paid only 59 cents and 69 cents, respectively, for every dollar paid to men, according to a new Census data analysis put together by the National Partnership for Women and Families, a progressive organization focusing on women’s issues .   In Florida and New Mexico, the wage gender gap is the smallest – but Latinas are still making only 68 cents for every dollar paid to a man.  In fact, in the 20 states with the largest number of Hispanic women working in full-time, year-round jobs, the wage gap is between 51 and 68 cents for every dollar men makes.

“These new data show that the wage gap is costing  women of color thousands of dollars in critical income each year that could be spent on food, rent, health care and on meeting other fundamental needs for their families,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

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Much Ado about Nothing on Obama’s White Guy Appointees

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

( Politics made for strange bedfellows in those taking swipes at President Obama’s white guy appointees. Staunch GOP conservative Mike Huckabee took the first hard whack. He screamed that Obama was a hypocrite on diversity in that he used the issue of the war on women during the presidential campaign to pound the GOP and then turned around and stacked his cabinet with white males. The swing then went over the political spectrum to Harlem Democratic congressman Charles Rangel who called the president’s diversity record, “embarrassing.”,

Here are the problems with the criticism. One is Obama’s actual record on diversity. It’s easy to cherry pick a picture of his four prominent white male nominees, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, CIA Director John Brennan and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as a score of prominent national newspapers did and finger this as the supposed proof that Obama has a chronic penchant for plopping white men in high and any other places in his administration. The raw numbers and the ground breaking spots that he has appointed minorities and women to tell a far different tale. More than forty percent of his appointees to sub cabinet positions have been women and a significant percent of them have been minority women.

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Sotomayor: Affirmative action changed my life

Monday, January 14th, 2013

(CBS News) Sonia Sotomayor was appointed four years ago by President Barack Obama, but she gave her first broadcast interview to "60 Minutes."

She grew up in a public housing project in the Bronx, the child of Puerto Rican immigrants.

One of the biggest cases before the court right now concerns racial preferences in college admissions, known as affirmative action.

We were curious about how she sees that, because it was a factor in how Sotomayor got into Princeton in 1972.

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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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Fred Luter elected first African-American head of Southern Baptists

Friday, June 22nd, 2012


(Washington Post) Messengers or representatives from churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant group, elected the first African-American president for the 167-year-old denomination.

Delegates are meeting in New Orleans, the hometown of the Rev. Fred Luter, Jr., who “has already served as the first African-American in various leadership positions within the convention, including as its current first vice president,” Reuters reported Tuesday morning.

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Asian Americans held back by ‘bamboo ceiling’

Thursday, June 14th, 2012


(Business Times) Asian American families churn out doctors, engineers and graduate students, but their high-achieving image hides a "bamboo ceiling" that marginalises the fastest growing US minority, experts say.

Jonathan Saw, Asia Society's senior advisor for Asian Pacific American Research, said on Monday that a new survey demonstrates an odd mixture of success and disenchantment, with 83 per cent of Asian Americans feeling loyal to their company but only 49 per cent feeling they belong.

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Why Do Asian Americans Have the Worst Long-Term Unemployment?

Friday, June 1st, 2012


(The Atlantic) Asian American are the best educated ethnic group in the United States, by a long shot.* Logically, that means they should have the least severe unemployment, given that more educated workers tend to have an easier time in the job market. Instead, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, the Asian community suffered from the most severe long-term joblessness of any racial demographic in 2010, during the slow, early period of the economic recovery. 

As shown in the graph below, 48.7 percent of unemployed Asian Americans had been out of a job for 27 weeks or more. Blacks were next, at 48.5 percent, followed by Whites, at 42.7 percent. 

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Growing Asian-American Communities Underrepresented

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

(Epoch Times) Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing community in the United States and their businesses are more likely to create jobs than any other, but they are largely ignored by government and political parties, according to recent research.

The Asian-American population grew 46 percent, to over 17 million, between 2000 and 2010—faster than any other group, including Latinos, the 2010 U.S. Census reported.

Asian-American entrepreneurs are also great drivers of the economy, owning more than 1.5 million businesses, employing around 3 million people, and turning over an annual payroll of nearly $80 billion.

This success, however, tends to overshadow real needs that exist in Asian-American communities.

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Predominantly white Texas A&M gets first African-American commander of famed Corps of Cadets

Saturday, April 14th, 2012


(Washington Post) Nearly a half-century after African-Americans were admitted to predominantly white Texas A&M University, a black student has finally reached the pinnacle of one of its signature organizations.

Marquis Alexander next school year will become commander of A&M’s Corps of Cadets, a high-profile post that involves establishing the cadets’ dress codes for their military-style uniforms and setting their daily schedule, including physical training that can begin before dawn.

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