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Herman Cain’s RNC ‘ABC’s’ — American Black Conservatives

Herman Cain's RNC 'ABC's' -- American Black Conservatives

Despite not being part of the formal convention program, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is making the rounds and making himself available for interviews at the Republican National Convention. And in every interview he reminds folks that even though there are only a few black delegates on the convention floor, “there are plenty of of black conservatives in the Republican Party.”

“I happen to believe that the party has more traction with black voters than meets the eye,” Cain told ABC News.

“It takes a lot of time and personal commitment to try and become a delegate with either the Republican Party or the Democrat Party. It takes a lot of time and a lot of resources. And so as a result, you don’t see as many black Americans,” Cain went on to tell ABC.

Cain also told “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran it was the Democrats, not the Republicans, who had belittled the concerns of black voters and were playing into the country’s fears about race.

“The Democrats are the ones that are making white people feel anxious about the race card in America. The Democrats are desperate. And when they’re desperate, they go back to their old playbook. Class warfare. The race card,” Cain told Moran.

Cain also made an appearance on FOX News touting the same line, black conservative voters exist. This time however, he said many of them were closeted.

“[Black voters] are closet conservatives, but the polls aren’t going to pick it up,” Cain said on Fox News. “You may have heard about The Wall Street Journal poll that said zero African-Americans are going to vote for Mitt Romney. Well, I’m not a zero.”

Cain was referring to the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released last week that showed, Obama continues to lead Romney among key parts of his political base, including African Americans (94 percent to 0 percent.)

We’re One Natural Disaster Away From Another Recession

We're One Natural Disaster Away From Another Recession

Tropical Storm Isaac’s impact on the Republican National Committee underscores the vulnerability of our fragile economy to outside events. With a paltry 1.5 percecnt economic growth, we’re possibly one natural disaster away from sliding back into an official recession.

The nation’s immediate thoughts and concerns are focused on those directly impacted by these events. As Hurricane Katrina remains seared into Americans’ hearts and minds, images of a cyclone swirling across the Gulf of Mexico is particularly sobering. Doubly so because we know that black and brown communities—disproportionately effected by natural disasters—still have yet to recover fully. The demographics of New Orleans may have been altered forever by Katrina.

But hurricanes and all natural disasters are national economic events. Even relatively weak storms can do a lot of damage. An estimate by economist Peter Morici puts Hurricane Irene’s damage, which impacted 25 percent of the US economy last year, at $30 billion. Irene wreaked the most havoc as a Tropical Storm and not a hurricane. The monster storm Katrina did close to $200 billion in damage and shaved almost a full point off national economic growth in 2005. A hurricane of that magnitude could easily send our 2012 economy reeling.

Disasters in the Gulf of Mexico have another critical economic impact, beyond the first wave of destruction. They drive up the price of oil.

One out of every 4 barrels of petroleum produced in the US come from the gulf. 4 out of 10 barrels of oil refined in the country are produced in that region. Disruption of production and processing increases the price of gas at the pump, and puts additional downward pressure on the economy. Bloomberg estimates that every one cent increase on a gallon of gas removes $1 billion in spending power from consumers. Hurricane Katrina caused waiting lines to form at gas stations across the country.

The bottom line is that storms pack a wallop for local communities effected by them and for the nation as a whole. Washington’s inability to get its act together and get our economy back on track leaves us all exposed. The events in Tampa and across the south this week highlight the point in a way that cannot not be ignored.

Anti-Obama Documentary ‘2016: Obama’s America’ Breaks Box Office Records, #1 Conservative Doc Ever

It’s time you hear about the documentary “2016: Obama’s America” because it’s breaking records. The anti-Obama documentary is now the #1 all-time biggest-grossing conservative political documentary and comes in as number 8 on the list of highest grossing political documentaries of all time.

The brave Philly.com film reviewer Steven Rea describes what’s in the film:

Preaching to the choir, and quoting from the choir - D’Souza’s interviewees include conservative think-tankers, commentators and academics - the film asks the question “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?,” then posits some disturbing answers. Disturbing, but dubious.

D’Souza, stars in, narrates, and conducts the interviews (some via cellphone) in 2016, which expands on the controversial premise of his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, and a 2010 Forbes article, “How Obama Thinks.” Basically, D’Souza - who opens with a genial checklist of similarities between himself and the president (age, mixed-race heritage, Ivy League education) - suggests that Obama is running the country based on the radical geopolitical tenets laid down by his Kenyan father in the 1960s, a father Obama hardly knew.

Deadline’s Nikki Finke reports on the weekend box office:

“The shocker among all the films was Rocky Mountain Pictures’ political documentary 2016 Obama’s America which opened July 13th in very limited release and expanded into theaters across America this weekend. It wound up in 4th place Friday and 8th place for the weekend. That’s stunning because it was playing in 2/3 fewer theaters across North American than the other wider release films. Due to its hot pre-sales, the pic proved frontloaded which explains why its ranking started out #1 and then fell steeply by end of Sunday. But the doc’s new cume of $9.0M makes it the #1 all-time biggest-grossing conservative political documentary, besting Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed’s $7.7M.”

The documentary became the number one all-time biggest-grossing conservative political documentary. It’s also the 6th all-time biggest political documentary behind documentaries from Michael Moore and Al Gore.

Box Office Mojo has the figures: boxoffice-anti-obama-doc.png

Utah’s Athletic Director Goes on YouTube to Ask if Native Logo is Offensive

Utah's Athletic Director Goes on YouTube to Ask if Native Logo is Offensive

The University of Utah’s athletic department posted a video on YouTube starring athletic director Dr. Chris Hill asking members of the community for feedback on what are “some of the things that may be offensive and upsetting in a religious and sacred way to many of our Indian friends.” The University of Utah’s team is named after the Ute Indian Tribe and their logo includes an image of a drum and feathers.

“The reality of it is that we are the Utes, we do have our logo but I need some help from you,” Hill says in the video.

“I’m urging you to work with me in terms of things that may be offensive—headsets, face painting, tomahawks and et cetera—so that we can make sure our logo and the people we work with are proud of our program and that we can be successful,” Hill goes to say. (Presumably, Hill meant headdresses not headsets.)

Indian Country points out that up until 1972, the the Utah Utes were actually the Utah Redskins.

As stated on the team’s official site, “the University of Utah officially adopted the nickname Utes for its athletic teams in 1972. The school uses the nickname with permission of the Ute Tribal Council.

At the time this story was published the video had close to 2,000 views and 7 comments.

“If we want to keep [the logo], we need to listen to Dr. Hill (no relation, incidentally) and be respectful of Native American imagery. There is no need to wear headdresses—wear Utah hats,” wrote one commenter.

Another commenter provided more context on headdresses:

“First nations weren’t allowed to practice ceremony until 1978 ( Indian religious freedom act) and well feathers are part of the ceremonial tools used in ceremony’s . As long as there is no mascot and the selling of headress [sic] I’m okay with it because mascots portraying traditional leaders or elders that are wearing headdress is deem abusive and offensive. For instance one does not simply receive a headdress just because, but thru great respects to the receiver of the headdress.

The total number of undergraduate students at the University of Utah in the Fall 2011 semester was 24,29, according to UofU’s office of Budget and Institutional Analysis. Only 148 students—less than 1% of the student body—were American Indians or Alaska Natives.

Just a thought, but perhaps Dr. Hill’s next video could ask for feedback on how to get more American Indian students at the University of Utah.

GOP to America: ‘We Built It.’ But Who’s the We?

GOP to America: 'We Built It.' But Who's the We?

Though the actual Republican National Convention is delayed due to Tropical Storm Issac, the RNC economic message machine is at full tilt. Today’s official theme at the forlorn Tampa gathering is “We Built It.” The GOP doesn’t specify who the “we” are or what the “it” is exactly.

With zero percent support amongst blacks for the Republican ticket, African Americans have apparently concluded that the “we” is not them. The 44-point gap amongst Latinos and the 33-point gap amongst youth would seem to suggest that these groups believe the same.

That’s because on jobs—the number one issue important to black and brown America, young people, and the country as a whole—Mitt Romney is largely silent.

The centerpiece of the Romney economic plan is tax cuts for the wealthy, along with less regulation for companies. The GOP believes that giving millionaires an extra $265,000 a year, in addition to allowing businesses to pollute more and violate worker protections, will magically return the economy around. Oddly, Romney has said that his first action on the economy—“day one, job one”—is it to repeal Obamacare.

Gov. Bobby Jindal Calls for Coastal Parishes to Voluntarily Evacuate

Gov. Bobby Jindal Calls for Coastal Parishes to Voluntarily Evacuate

On Monday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called for residents in coastal parishes prone to flooding to voluntarily evacuate. The announcement came as tropical Storm Isaac continues west-northwestward over the eastern Gulf of Mexico and poses a significant storm surge threat to the northern Gulf coast.

Tropical storm Issac is expected to hit Louisiana as a strong category 1 hurricane with 75-90mph winds late Monday or early morning Tuesday.

Gov. Scott (R) also pulled out of convention activities due to the storm.

RNC Cancels First Day As Florida Gov. Declares State of Emergency

RNC Cancels First Day As Florida Gov. Declares State of Emergency

Republican National Convention Chairman Reince Priebus announced Saturday that the Tampa Bay area convention scheduled to start Monday will be postponed until Tuesday due to the expected arrival of Hurricane Isaac.

“Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “After consulting with Governor Scott, NOAA and local emergency management officials, we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket.”

“Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens of the Tampa Bay area. RNC Convention officials and the Romney campaign are working closely with state, local and federal officials, as well as the Secret Service, to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and preserve Florida’s emergency management resources,” Priebus went on to say. “Officials have predicted participants may encounter severe transportation difficulties due to sustained wind and rain. “

In related news, Romney has a message for New Orleans as Issac is expected to hit landfall Monday, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans.

”Our thoughts are with the people that are in the storm’s path and hope that they’re spared any major destruction,”’ Romney told an AP reporter.

When that same reporter asked whether he was considering canceling the convention, Romney replied: ”We’ve got a great convention ahead.”

Hurricane Could Hit New Orleans on 7th Anniversary of Katrina

Hurricane Could Hit New Orleans on 7th Anniversary of Katrina

The National Weather Service is forecasting Tropical Storm Issac will hit the New Orleans area as a Category 1 hurricane exactly seven years to the day after Katrina.

The Times-Picayune has more details: Tropical Storm Isaac’s forecast path shifted slightly west, but remains draped across the New Orleans area in the National Hurricane Center’s 4 a.m. forecast. But forecasters now say Isaac is likely to grow only to strong Category 1 strength, with top winds of 90 mph, when its center crosses the mouth of the Mississippi River at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Isaac pushed over Cuba on Saturday after going across Haiti’s southern peninsula, where it caused flooding and at least 19 deaths.

Brentin Mock Talks Voter Suppression on MSNBC’s ‘PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton’

Colorlines.com Investigative Reporter Brentin Mock appeared on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton” as a part of Voting Rights Watch 2012, in partnership with the Nation. Sharpton discussed Brentin’s latest article, “How the Right’s Building a ‘Poll Watcher’ Network for November” on True the Vote’s rapidly growing influence in right-wing political circles.

Brentin: “Poll watching is not illegal. But we also know that ‘watching’ and ‘monitoring’ are not race-neutral verbs, especially with our country’s racial history. George Zimmerman was merely ‘watching’ and ‘monitoring’ the neighborhood, and following Trayvon Martin before that ended tragically… We can see how this kind of ‘watching’ and ‘monitoring’ can lead to completely unnecessary and completely avoidable confrontations.”

For more discussion see the live online chat hosted this week with Colorlines.com reporters Brentin Mock and Aura Bogado, along with Nation reporter Ari Berman.

First Look: Oprah’s Balance Beam Routine with Gabby Douglas!

First Look: Oprah's Balance Beam Routine with Gabby Douglas!

Oprah Winfrey recently took a trip to Des Moines, Iowa to interview Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas for her show “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that will air this Sunday.

Watch the clip above as Douglas teaches Oprah a thing or two on the balance beam.

In the interview Douglas also opens up for the first time about being bullied in her hometown.

Oprah’s interview with Douglas will air Sunday, August 26, at 8:30/7:30c.

Federal Departments Will Research Children and Immigration Enforcement

On Monday I spoke about my Shattered Families investigation on a panel at the Center for American Progress. The panel aired live on C-Span 2 and can be viewed here.

I joined a several others on the panel, including Ajay Chaudry, (prepare for the longest title ever) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Chaudy announced that HHS recently issued a call for proposals for a national research project on the implications of immigration enforcement on children. The project will include analysis of children in foster care with deported parents and call for proposals cites the Shattered Families investigation.

Before Shattered Families was released, there was no data on the number of children in foster care with detained and deported parents. That’s largely because no government agency collects the data. The call for proposals is a small step toward changing that, though once the research grant is awarded, researchers will have more than a year to complete it, so we’re not likely to have any new information any time soon.

Monday’s panel also included Joanna Dreby, a sociologist who just completed a paper on the impacts of immigration enforcement on children and Miriam Yeung, director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

Black Hills Sacred Site Auction Cancelled

Black Hills Sacred Site Auction Cancelled

The auction scheduled for August 25, 2012, for the acreage known as Pe’Sla to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), has been cancelled, according to Brock Auction, Co., Inc. The sacred land been taken off the auction block, but the property is still publicly listed and the owner’s intent is not clear.

The owners are not commenting as to why the auction has been cancelled, according to the press relase.

“They are not giving us any reason whatsoever. My wife called the auction company and they would not offer any reason,” said Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney and founding writer of the Last Real Indians that has been working in the defense of Pe’ Sla, to IndianCountryToday.

“Nobody knows what to think, so we don’t know if this is good or bad. We just know it has been pulled off the auction block,” Iron Eyes said. “It’s good because there is no pressure of the auction - but it is bad because they are private sellers, they can sell to anyone they want to.

Alfred Walking Bull, communications specialist of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, tells Indian Country today he’s optimistic but also very cautious

“Right now we are all holding our breath. It is more of a sigh of relief because this puts an end to the auction, which is good, but on the other hand we are still very cautious because this could also mean there is a private sale going on. We are waiting until we get more information. The owners or the auction company has not given a comment.”

The announcement came as a petition on Avaaz.org reached close to 40k signatures urging the owners not to sell the land.

The petition also points to an IndieGoGo fundraiser in hopes of raising $1 million to help the Sioux Nation buy as much of land as possible.

George Zimmerman Judge Lets Trayvon Martin Murder Suspect Travel to Meet Lawyers

Last month, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester agreed to let George Zimmerman out of the Seminole County Jail, provided he post $1 million in bail, wear a satellite tracking device, check in with law enforcement several times a week and stay within the county’s confines.

But on Friday morning Lester granted Zimmerman permission to leave the county and travel to neighboring Orange County to meet with lawyers.

The judge also denied the state’s request to allow Zimmerman’s medical records to become public.

Orlando Sentinel has more details on the medical records request:

Lester ruled in favor of Zimmerman, at least partially, on another matter today: He won’t allow the defendant’s medical records to become public.

He said he would review them in private then later listen to lawyers argue about them in a closed court session.

O’Mara had asked the judge to quash a state subpoena for Zimmerman’s medical records from an Altamonte Springs doctor’s office.

O’Mara described the subpoena as overly broad, seeking irrelevant information and a breach of his client’s privacy even if they disclose only a “hang nail, a bunion.”

Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda argued in court paperwork that he needs to know more about injuries Zimmerman says he suffered the night he shot and killed Trayvon, who was walking through Zimmerman’s Sanford neighborhood and whom Zimmerman described to police as suspicious.

In related news, George Zimmerman’s Facebook page was shut down by his attorney, Mark O’Mara.

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the judge allowed Zimmerman to travel outside the state.

Actress Amy Poehler Stars in California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights PSA

Earlier this month the New York Times endorsed the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights that would to extend basic labor rights to domestic workers: the nannies, cooks, housekeepers and other caregivers who have long been excluded from many of the fundamental protections most other workers receive under federal labor law.

Now Actress Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation) has taken the bill’s message and filmed a PSA in support of the passage of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

“Many people ask me how I balance it all and the truth is it wouldn’t be possible for me to do all those things without the help I get in my home every day,” Poehler says in the video. “Every day, so many working women get to do what they do because there are wonderful people in their home, helping them. These workers, who inspire and influence our children, who take care of our loved ones and our homes, have been excluded from basic labor protections for generations. Please help us right that wrong and pass the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights this year. It’s time these workers were treated with dignity and respect.”

Poehler’s video is part of her collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Ai-jen Poo led group behind the bill (also known as AB 889) that is currently being considered by the Governor.

This isn’t the first time Poehler has publicly announced her support for domestic workers. At TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 gala last year Poehler took the time to thank the domestic workers in her life that allowed her to be there at that moment.

Poehler’s speech at the TIME 100 Gala. At the 1:30 mark she begins to thank her nannies.

I have thought very hard and long about what has influenced me over the past couple of years, and since I have been at this dinner in 2008, I have given birth to two boys and I’ve left Saturday Night Live and I started my own TV show, and it’s been a crazy couple of years, and I thought who besides Madam Secretary Clinton and Lorne Michaels have influenced me? And it was the women who helped me take care of my children. It is Jackie Johnson from Trinidad and it is Dawa Chodon from Tibet, who come to my house and help me raise my children. And for you working women who are out there tonight who get to do what you get to do because there are wonderful people who help you at home, I would like to take a moment to thank those people, some of whom are watching your children right now, while you’re at this event. Those are people who love your children as much as you do, and who inspire them and influence them. So on behalf of every sister and mother and person who stands in your kitchen and helps you love your child, I say thank you and I celebrate you tonight.

As Poehler says in the PSA, “it’s time that these workers were treated with dignity and respect.”

Visit Domesticworkers.org to learn how you can take action to support the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

Jennifer Lopez to Produce Show on Non-Traditional Families

Jennifer Lopez to Produce Show on Non-Traditional Families

ABC Family said Thursday they’ve ordered a comedy-drama pilot, titled “The Fosters,” about two women raising a “21st century,” multi-ethnic mix of foster and biological kids. Jennifer Lopez has been named as the executive producer.

Lopez will be an executive producer for the hour-long project. Nuyorican Productions, Inc., the company Lopez founded with Benny Medina is in charge of delivering the pilot, alongside Prodco.

“We are thrilled to be producing such an exceptional and timely project with ABC Family,” Simon Fields of Nuyorican told the Hollywood Reporter. “The show will entertain and provoke meaningful discussion about the contemporary definition of ‘family.’ “

“ABC Family continues to find and develop original programming that adds new dimension and depth to the storytelling we offer,” Kate Juergens, the ABC Family’s executive vp of original programming and development, told the Hollywood Reporter.

Report: Deportation Program Costs L.A. County More Than $26 Million

Report: Deportation Program Costs L.A. County More Than $26 Million

Los Angeles County is spending an estimated $26 million a year to hold undocumented immigrants under the Secure Communities program, according to a report released Thursday by Justice Strategies. Secure Communities, also known as S-Comm, checks the legal status of anyone booked into a local jail and transfers those who are undocumented to ICE custody.

Among the report’s findings: - Los Angeles County taxpayers spend over $26 million per year to detain immigrants for ICE. - Individuals in Los Angeles County custody who are subject to immigration detainers spend, on average, 20.6 extra days in county custody. - California taxpayers spend an estimated $65 million annually to detain immigrants for ICE. - Based on L.A. County averages the report concludes S-Comm is costing the state an estimated $65 million.

“We have known for some time that Secure Communities has undermined public safety and imperiled civil rights, and we now know it is also a massive unfunded mandate and an enormous burden on California taxpayers,” Chris Newman, Legal Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said in a statement. “It’s time we put this ineffective, dangerous, and expensive program to rest.”

The report estimates LA County is turns an estimated 20,000 immigrants over to ICE each year.

According to data records compiled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, 5,184 people who were booked into the jail system during the first three months of 2011 were handed over to ICE, the deportation enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security. Using these figures, it is possible to estimate that over a year’s time, 20,736 County Jail prisoners will be released into ICE custody.

The report used the L.A. County findings to estimate S-Comm is costing the state of California $65 million a year.

Los Angeles County and the State of California are spending tremendous amounts of tax-payer dollars to detain immigrants for civil immigration violations. A conservative estimate places this cost at $26 million annually for Los Angeles County alone. The cost to California taxpayers of holding people for ICE is estimated to be more than $65 million.

“We can begin to solve this problem in California by enacting the TRUST Act, which already passed the state senate,” said Newman. “The TRUST Act stands for the basic proposition that immigrants who pose no threat to public safety should not be jailed at California taxpayer expense. This report gives us a much better sense of how much money the TRUST Act will save California taxpayers.”

Eduardo Nájera Becomes First Mexican-Born Head Coach Under NBA umbrella

Eduardo Nájera Becomes First Mexican-Born Head Coach Under NBA umbrella

The Texas Legends have named Eduardo Najera the first Mexican-born head coach under the NBA umbrella, pending NBA approval. The 6 ft .8 in. former basketball player announced his retirement Wednesday after playing 12 seasons with six different teams.

Nájera will lead the NBA D-League’s Texas Legends.

From HOOPSWORLD:

Najera becomes the third head coach in Legends history, following former NBA Coach of the Year Del Harris, and basketball Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman.

Subject to NBA approval, Najera will also be a minority owner of the Legends, as well as hold a front office position with the Mavericks. Najera’s NBA career began with the Mavericks in 2000, after he became the first Mexican-born player to be drafted in NBA history.

“I have the utmost respect for Eddie,” commented Legends Owner Donnie Nelson. “The work ethic he exhibited as a player, and his knowledge of the NBA game will serve him well in his role as Head Coach of the Legends. Whether coaching a rookie, or an NBA veteran, Coach Najera will have valuable insight for all of our players. I am equally excited to begin working with Eddie in a front office capacity with the Mavericks as he learns the management side of the game. I am proud to be able to call Eddie an ownership partner with the Legends.”

Yahoo Sport’s Eric Freeman has more on the significance of the announcement:

Najera deserves this job on the merits — he built a relationship with Dallas over time and has proven a strong understanding of the sport over his long career. But the importance of his background cannot go unmentioned. While soccer continues to be the most popular sport in Mexico by a wide margin, Najera is extremely popular and has consistently ranked among the NBA’s top 10 endorsers worldwide. Having him at the helm of a team in Texas (and tied to the Mavericks) will be very good for business. He’s the kind of asset a franchise would like to keep around long term.

Of course, this isn’t just a business issue. Najera was already a legitimate trailblazer — he was the first Mexican selected in the draft and has easily had the most successful career of the three Mexican-born players in NBA history. Now that he’s a coach, he can create new paths for minorities in basketball.

Study Finds Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Among Fifth-Graders Across Country

A national health study of 5,119 randomly-selected 5th graders who attend public schools in Los Angeles, Birmingham and Houston found that black children and Latino children fared worse than white children in almost every category.

The study, led by Boston Children’s Hospital researchers and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, examined differences among black, Latino, and white children on 16 measures, including witnessing of violence, peer victimization, perpetration of aggression, seat-belt use, bike-helmet use, sub- stance use, discrimination, terrorism worries, vigorous exercise, obesity, and self-rated health status and psychological and physical quality of life.

The results:

There were significant differences between black children and white children for all 16 measures and between Latino children and white children for 12 of 16 measures, although adjusted analyses reduced many of these disparities. For example, in un- adjusted analysis, the rate of witnessing a threat or injury with a gun was higher among blacks (20%) and Latinos (11%) than among whites (5%), and the number of days per week on which the student performed vigorous exercise was lower among blacks (3.56 days) and Latinos (3.77 days) than among whites (4.33 days) (P<0.001 for all comparisons). After statistical adjustment, these differences were reduced by about half between blacks and whites and were eliminated between Latinos and whites. Household income, household highest education level, and the child’s school were the most substantial mediators of racial and ethnic disparities.

Adjustment for socioeconomic status and the child’s school substantially reduced most of these differences.

TAGS: health Youth

Oprah: ‘It Always Turns to Race. I Got All of the, ‘N-word, Go Back to Africa”

Oprah: 'It Always Turns to Race. I Got All of the, 'N-word, Go Back to Africa''

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey said she received a lot of hate mail and was called the n-word after she made a guest appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ ABC sitcom back in 1997.

Winfrey played a therapist in the episode where DeGeneres’ character Ellen Morgan revealed her sexual orientation for the first time.

“I did it because she asked me to do it and I wanted to support her,” Winfrey tells The Hollywood Reporter of her decision to be part of the “puppy episode,” as it was famously code-named, in this week’s cover story. “It didn’t occur to me that there would be a backlash.”

The Hollywood Reporter offers more details on the explosive backlash:

After the episode aired on April 30, 1997, Winfrey was on the receiving end of vitriol-fueled letters and phone calls. “It always turns to race. I got all of the, ‘N——-, go back to Africa. Who do you think you are?’” she says of the venom hurled her way, noting that she had never experienced anything like it before.

Winfrey was not alone. The episode, watched by a record 42 million people, drew fire from advertisers (Chrysler was among the brands to pull ads) and affiliates. Rev. Jerry Falwell called DeGeneres “Ellen DeGenerate”; religious groups staged protests; and execs involved were on received death threats that required security at their homes.

Although Winfrey was speaking specifically about the backlash after DeGeneres came out her use of the words “It always turns to race” may be more telling of the general hate mail she gets.

TAGS: N-Word Oprah

ICE Agents—With Anti-Immigrant Group’s Help—Sue DHS

ICE Agents--With Anti-Immigrant Group's Help--Sue DHS

Ten officers and agents for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) including ICE Agents Union President Chris Crane, today filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton challenging the Obama Administration’s deferred action Directive. The lawsuit alleges the deferred action program will prevent ICE officers, employees, and agents from “fulfilling their sworn oath to uphold the law and defend the US Constitution.”

“Both the Directive and memorandum command our agents to violate federal law and our oaths to uphold federal law. We are federal law enforcement officers who are being ordered to break the law. This directive puts ICE agents and officers in a horrible position,” Chris Crane, veteran ICE agent and President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, said in a press release sent by anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA.

“The Directive is an extension of the DREAM Act, which was rejected by Congress, and aims to grant an amnesty to 1.7 million illegal aliens. It violates federal immigration laws that require certain aliens to be placed in removal proceedings, it violates the Administrative Procedure Act, and it encroaches upon the legislative powers of Congress as defined in Article I of the United States Constitution,” said Kris Kobach, the attorney representing the plaintiffs.

Kobach is the Secretary of State of Kansas and currently of counsel with the Immigration Law Reform Institute, the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR.)

“FAIR is committed to ending immigration outright and creating conditions so unlivable that immigrants self deport,” Seth Wessler, Colorlines.com’s investigative reporter wrote in 2010.

FAIR is also largely responsible for anti-immigrant laws in a majority of the states where legislation similar to SB1070 has been proposed or discussed. The leading lawmakers behind the bills are associated with FAIR’s legislative arm, a group called State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) that operates in at least 35 states.

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