Archive for the ‘Hispanic/Latino American’ Category

Latino or Hispanic: Minority Group Say it Makes Little Difference

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

(Hispanic Business) As Latinos transition into the largest minority group in Berks County and the nation at large, how that group is defined remains murky. 

With the confusion, misuse, imposition and appropriation of labels such as Latino, Hispanic and a multitude of others, it may appear that Latinos are in the throes of an identity crisis. 

And although the definitions can vary depending on what government or social agency is using them, manyLatinos see the labels as interchangeable and even insignificant. 

A Gallup Poll released in July showed that 70 percent ofLatinos, or Hispanics if you will, have no preference about which term is used to identify them. In Berks County, for example, there's the Daniel Torres Hispanic Center and also the Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce. 

Dr. Patricia Foxen, deputy director of research for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group based in Washington, said her organization uses the labels interchangeably, though the issue of ethnic identification is a complex one for Latinos. 

"Ethnic discourse is generally discussed in very black-and-white terms," Foxen said. "But the Latino population is very diverse, constantly shifting geographically and linguistically. 

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Study: Hispanic Teens More Likely To Use Drugs

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

(CBS) Compared with African-American and Caucasian teens, Hispanics are more likely to use illicit drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana.

A new study published by The Partnership at Drug Free Organization says 54 percent of Hispanic teens reported having used illicit drugs while 45 percent of African-American teens and 43 percent of Caucasians teens have used them.

The organization didn’t have a definitive answer as to why the numbers are higher for Hispanics than others, but the study found that a larger number of Hispanic teens have been offered illicit drugs compared to the other ethnic groups.

The study found that 62 percent of Hispanic teens say they have been offered drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine at least once.  Only 53 percent of Caucasians and 46 percent of African-Americans have been offered the same drugs.

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Pediatricians report that Hispanic children experience delayed autism diagnosis

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

( A study published Monday in the journal Pediatricsreports on a survey of pediatricians that indicates thatHispanics may experience delay in diagnosis of autismspectrum disorder (ASD). Doctors cited that while children of Hispanic descent are properly diagnosed, their diagnosis is often made years after most other children of non-Hispanic descent are diagnosed.

study published last year indicated that Latino children are diagnosed with ASD less often and later than white children.

A survey of 267 primary care pediatricians (PCPs) inCalifornia, the state with the highest Hispanic population, was conducted in order to determine how providers screened for autism. The survey found that 81% of PCPs offered some form of developmental screening, 29% of PCPs offered Spanish ASD screening per American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and only 10% offered both Spanish general developmental and Spanish ASD screening per American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.

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Latino Homebuyers Face Hostility, Higher Fees and Fewer Options

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

( Though formal “redlining“ based on race was banned decades ago, a new report finds that Latinos still face rampant discrimination in the housing market. The report, released Monday from the National Council de la Raza (NCLR), found that Latinos looking to buy or rent homes were more often met with hostility, quoted higher fees, and offered fewer options than white prospective buyers.

NCLR sent white and Latino testers to try to buy or rent homes in Birmingham, AL, San Antonio, TX, and Atlanta, GA — three cities with burgeoning Latino communities. Though about 58 percent of Latino testers had no complaints, 42 percent were subjected to discrimination. Housing agents were less willing to schedule appointments with Latino testers than white testers. Some Latino buyers were told they would have to pay an additional deposit or fee that was not mentioned to their white counterparts. Latinos were also specifically told they would need valid identification and a credit check. White testers, on the other hand, were offered cheaper security deposits, lower application fees, discounted rent, and more information about the neighborhood and financing options. They were also shown additional apartments Latinos did not see.

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Many Asian Americans are as segregated by neighborhood as Latinos

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

(Los Angeles Times) People with Chinese or Vietnamese roots are as segregated as Latinos in neighborhoods nationwide, a study from Brown University has found. In Los Angeles and Orange counties, the pattern is even more extreme — and has grown more so over the last two decades.

But the same study suggests that that may not necessarily be a problem. In many cities, some Asian Americans live in neighborhoods that appear "separate but equal," with incomes and education levels as high or higher than largely white neighborhoods, researchers said.

That contrasts sharply with the dismal history of segregation for Latinos and blacks in the U.S., said John R. Logan, a Brown University professor of sociology. The flourishing of many Chinese, Indian and Korean neighborhoods may be what keeps people there from moving into more integrated areas.

If your neighborhood is doing well, "where would the motive be to change?" asked Logan, co-author of the study. "There may in fact be a strong element of separation in the future."

It's no surprise that immigrants gravitate toward "ethnoburbs," suburban areas such as Monterey Park that are filled with ethnic businesses. "You can read the newspaper, listen to the radio, buy a house from a real estate agent, go to a doctor and get your groceries from people who speak your language," said Linda Vo, a professor of Asian American studies at UC Irvine.

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Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful Women’ List Has Strong Latina Presence

Friday, May 31st, 2013

(Huffington Post) It’s always important to have role models. And for the young Latinas of the world, Forbes gave them about a dozen to choose from. That’s right, this year’s “Most Powerful Women” list has arrived and it has a very strong Hispanic presence.

Coming in on top was Dilma Rousseff. The 65-year-old Brazilian President earned a #2 slot on the list, right behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Dilma was credited for pulling her country out of an economic slump and inspiring entrepreneurship among her citizens. And we imagine her “Power” will only increase after Brazil hosts the World Cup and Olympic Games.

The next highest–ranking Latina also hails from Brazil. #18 Maria das Gracas Silva Foster is a highly educated chemical engineer and changing the way her country handles oil exports. She also helped her Petrobas company earn a cool $144 billion last year.

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Teacher fired for word ‘negro’ use in Spanish class

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

( An African American teacher was fired for using the word "negro" in a Spanish Class in the Bronx in March. Petrona Smith filed a lawsuit in a New York court and claimed that she was wrongfully dismissed from her job over the alleged racial slur, according to a May 24 Daily Caller report.

The junior high school teacher at P.S. 211 says she was terminated for using a word some students took offense to. However, Smith insists she was teaching students colors in Spanish.

According to SpanishDict, the word "negro" has many meanings such as black, brown, awful, rotten and gloomy to name a few.

"They haven't even accounted for how absurd it is for someone who's black to be using a racial slur to a student," said Shaun Reid, Smith's attorney.

According to court documents, the teacher at the New York school was fired for the word "negro" used during a session with a group of seventh-graders.

Allegedly, the student thought the word was being directed at him. As a result, he filed an official complaint with school officials. After an investigation, the teacher was fired.

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Racially Profiled Latinos, Federal Judge Rules

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

(Reuters) – Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio violated the constitutional rights of Latino drivers in his crackdown on illegal immigration, a federal judge found on Friday, and ordered him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.

The ruling against the Maricopa County sheriff came in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by Hispanic drivers that tested whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling U.S. citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ruled that the sheriff's policies violated the drivers' constitutional rights and ordered Arpaio's office to cease using race or ancestry as a grounds to stop, detain or hold occupants of vehicles – some of them in crime sweeps dubbed "saturation patrols."

"The great weight of the evidence is that all types of saturation patrols at issue in this case incorporated race as a consideration into their operations," Snow said in a written ruling.

He added that race had factored into which vehicles the deputies decided to stop, and into who they decided to investigate for immigration violations.

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Latinos head to college at a record rate, now on par with white students

Friday, May 24th, 2013

(Christian Science Monitor) Latino high school graduates are enrolling in college at an all-time high and, for the first time, at a rate comparable to that of their white peers.

A record 69 percent of Latino students enrolled in college after their 2012 high school graduation, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center. Overall, 66 percent of all 2012 high school graduates immediately enrolled in college, but Latinos did so at higher rates than whites (67 percent) and blacks (63 percent), according to preliminary data.

Latinos are the fastest-growing minority population in the US, but the increased rate of Latino students enrolling in college is more than just a demographic trend, says Pew senior research associate Richard Fry. It’s a sign that the education gap is narrowing,

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Jennifer Lopez Takes On Executive Role For Latin Tv Network

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013


(Contact Music) The On the Floor hitmaker became a minority shareholder in the English-language NuvoTvchannel last year (12), and now she's been promoted to take charge of programming and marketing as the company prepares to be re-launched in July (13).

She tells, "A network that reflects the modern Latino experience, but in English, must have the quality that everybody has."

Lopez will feature on-camera in two upcoming shows for NuvoTv - a special 90-minute Tvbiography and a new behind-the-scenes series, titled Gotta Dance, focusing on the dancers who recently accompanied the superstar on her world tour.

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