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Reality Returns: Huge Black Job Gains Disappear in February Report

Reality Returns: Huge Black Job Gains Disappear in February Report

The sudden, sharp drop in black unemployment that set economists buzzing in January appears to have in fact been so much statistical noise. The February 2012 job numbers are out and black unemployment went right back up, to 14.1 percent (roughly double that of white unemployment, a disparity that has held for decades).

Two More Provisions of Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant HB 56 Blocked

Two More Provisions of Alabama's Anti-Immigrant HB 56 Blocked

Piece by piece, courts are stopping Alabama’s harshest in the nation law. On Thursday the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals blocked two more provisions of Alabama’s HB 56 from being enforced while courts decide the constitutionality of the law.

The federal appeals court ruled that Alabama may not enforce Sections 27 and 30 HB 56, which restricted undocumented immigrants’ business transactions with public entities and made any contract an undocumented immigrant entered into unenforceable. Both of these provisions have severe impacts on Alabama residents’ everyday lives. People in Alabama reported having their water shut off for weeks at a time because they could not provide adequate identification.

Derrick Bell Showed Love and Sacrifice For His Black Female Colleagues

Derrick Bell Showed Love and Sacrifice For His Black Female Colleagues

Legendary legal scholar Derrick Bell has been back in the news again. From the grave, conservative activist Andrew Breitbart targeted the late academic’s association with President Obama because of his pioneering work in the field of critical race studies. It’s an ultimately sad stunt, considering Bell’s decades of work to untangle the messy conversations about race in America.

Ugandan Responds to Kony Campaign: ‘You Shouldn’t Be Telling My Story’

Ugandan Responds to Kony Campaign: 'You Shouldn't Be Telling My Story'

Ugandan journalist Rosebell Kagumire isn’t very impressed with the Kony 2012 video that’s gone viral this week. “It simplifies the story of millions of people in northern Uganda and makes out a narrative that is often hard about Africa, about how hopeless people are in times of conflict.”

This article has been updated since publication.

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‘Nutella Face Paint’ That’s What MTV Calls Blackface Incident on ‘Battle of the Exes’ [Video]

 'Nutella Face Paint' That's What MTV Calls Blackface Incident on 'Battle of the Exes' [Video]

On Wednesday night’s episode of the MTV reality challenge show “Battle Of The Exes” the last black contestant almost went home not because he lost a challenge but because his own teammate/ex-girlfriend mocked him with “one of the most offensive pranks” in MTV Challenge history. “The Challenge: Battle of the Exes,” an offshoot from the reality series “The Real World” that puts former MTV reality TV show participants up against each other in grueling physical challenges.

In last night’s episode a Southern “sheltered” white contestant named Emily decided to mock her African American ex-boyfriend Ty by dressing up in his clothes and covering her face in Nutella… aka blackface.

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The Kony 2012 Campaign May Inspire, But It’s Got Problems


The Kony 2012 campaign has now gone viral in its attempt to bring international attention to the horrendous crimes of Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony. But Jezebel warns that the non-profit that’s behind the film, Invisible Children, has a somewhat shady past of its own. Here’s more from Jezebel, which notes that if you really want to donate money to Uganda, there are more direct ways to do it. (For the record, Invisible Children responded to Jezebel here.)

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As Election 2012 Nears, Hate Groups at Record High

IR145_cover_e.jpgThe American radical right grew “explosively” in 2011 according to a report issued Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The rise of hate groups is believed to be fueled by antagonism toward President Obama, resentment toward changing racial demographics and the slumped economy.

“The dramatic expansion of the radical right is the result of our country’s changing racial demographics, the increased pace of globalization, and our economic woes,” Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and editor of the new report, said in a statement.

“For many extremists, President Obama is the new symbol of all that’s wrong with the country - the Kenyan president, the secret Muslim who is causing our country’s decline,” Potok said. “The election season’s overheated political rhetoric is adding fuel to the fire. The more polarized the political scene, the more people at the extremes,” Potok went on to say.

Child Sex Abuse Reported at Shelter for Undocumented Youth

Child Sex Abuse Reported at Shelter for Undocumented Youth

A former case manager at a shelter for undocumented youth caught crossing the border by themselves is being accused of sexually abusing six teenagers while he was supervising calls they made to relatives in Central America.


Love for the 92-Year Old Lakota Grandma Who Stood in Front of Keystone Pipeline Trucks

Love for the 92-Year Old Lakota Grandma Who Stood in Front of Keystone Pipeline Trucks

On Monday I shared a story about Lakota Indians in South Dakota blocking two tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their land. One of the women who stood in front and blocked the giant big rigs was a 92-year-old grandmother. 

On Tuesday morning I got an email from one of her family friends and I thought it could serve as inspiration for us all. Here’s the note that Colorlines.com reader Coya A. forwarded to us:

In the middle is my grandmother, Marie Randall, she is 92 years old! and my cousin Andrew Ironshell, they are part of the group of Lakota Oyate who prevented the TransCanada/XL Pipline trucks from crossing the border into the Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of the Oglala Lakota! I am so proud of my people and I will stand by them anytime and anyday!!

Today’s love goes to Maria Randall for standing up in what she believes in and being an inspiration to us all!


MPAA Says No to Teen Who Delivered 200k Signatures to Change ‘Bully’ Rating

bully-teen-doc.jpgKaty Butler, a 16-year old from Ann Arbor, Mich., delivered more than 200,000 signatures to the Motion Picture Association of America on Wednesday urging them to change the rating of the documentary “Bully” to PG-13 so more young people can see it.

“I just heard that the Motion Picture Association of America has given an “R” rating to “Bully” — a new film coming out soon that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools,” Butler wrote in her Change.org petition. “Because of the R rating, most kids won’t get to see this film. No one under 17 will be allowed to see the movie, and the film won’t be allowed to be screened in American middle schools or high schools.”

But shortly after Butler delivered the signatures the chairman of the Classification and Rating Administration of the MPAA said she “shares Katy’s goals of shining a light on the problem of bullying,” but that the rating will not change.

“Katy Butler’s efforts in bringing the issue of bullying to the forefront of a national discussion in the context of this film are commendable and we welcome the feedback about this movie’s rating,” Joan Graves said in a statement. “We hope that her efforts will fuel more discussion among educators, parents and children.”


Rush Limbaugh Loses 42 Advertisers, Says ‘Everything’s Cool’

Rush Limbaugh Loses 42 Advertisers, Says 'Everything's Cool'

Rush Limbaugh apologized last week for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” but his laters have to make you wonder if he has any regrets.

According to ABC News Limbaugh has lost 42 advertisers but he told his listeners today that “everything’s cool,” that those advertisers have little if any impact on the show’s revenues.

New York’s WNBC is Getting Rid of Anchorwoman Sue Simmons After 32 years

New York's WNBC is Getting Rid of Anchorwoman Sue Simmons After 32 years

After more than three decades, NBC’s New York affiliate WNBC/Channel 4 is getting rid of anchorwoman Sue Simmons, the NY Post reports.

Atheists in Pennsylvania Use Slavery Image for Billboard

Atheists in Pennsylvania Use Slavery Image for Billboard

A billboard portraying a black man with a metal collar around his neck has sparked controversy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, according to PennLive.com

The billboard that reads “Slaves, obey your masters,” was paid for by americanatheists.org. According to PennLive.com the sign is in the city’s most racially diverse section.

Steve Jobs’ Widow Has Supported the DREAM Act for Years

Steve Jobs' Widow Has Supported the DREAM Act for Years

Laurene Powell Jobs, the wife of the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, has been a supporter of the DREAM Act for years. That’s according to a Washington Post profile of leaders in the Silicon Valley that support the bill that would give undocumented students a path to legalization.

Dollar Shave Club Video Goes Viral with an Awkward Former Unemployed Latina Moment

Dollar Shave Club Video Goes Viral with an Awkward Former Unemployed Latina Moment

This Dollar Shave Club commercial (that takes confidence cues from the Old Spice man) had me until they introduced Alejandra—the scenes comes across like she’s the butt of the joke.

Petition Demands Timecard Data for Apple Employees Who Made New iPad

Petition Demands Timecard Data for Apple Employees Who Made New iPad

On Wednesday morning Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook announced a new iPad will be on sale March 16th.

But consumer watchdog group SumOfUs.org has launched a new petition calling on Apple to release workers’ clock-in and clock-out data for the last 4 months to prove that the new iPad was made without forcing workers into illegal and dangerous levels of overtime.

Black Students in L.A. Suspended at Higher Than Average Rates

Black Students in L.A. Suspended at Higher Than Average Rates

Several studies have found black students are suspended more often and for smaller infractions across the country but new data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday shows Los Angeles’ black students are getting it the worse.

DREAMers Interrupt Romney’s Massachusetts Victory Rally [Video]

DREAMers Interrupt Romney's Massachusetts Victory Rally [Video]

Mitt Romney won six states on Tuesday including Ohio, Idaho, Virginia and Massachusetts. The presidential hopeful celebrated his wins in Massachusetts but his victory speech was interrupted twice by DREAM Act supporters.

While speaking about the promise of America and the need to fix the economy, undocumented youth held up posters that read “VETO ROMNEY, NOT THE DREAM ACT.” One of the protesters shouted “then why would you veto the DREAM Act Sir.”

“We love this country; we want to serve this country,” the protestors repeated until they were escorted out.

SXSW: Will You Be in Austin? Connect with Colorlines.com

I’ll be traveling to SXSW at the end of the week and would love to connect with readers and other journalists and bloggers. If you’re a filmmaker, musician, or you’re hosting an event that you think our readers would be interested in please contact me through Twitter and we’ll get the ball rolling to connect.

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Georgia Senate Bans Undocumented Students from Public Colleges

On Monday the Georgia Senate passed a bill that would ban undocumented students from Georgia’s 60 public colleges. If Senate Bill 458 becomes law undocumented students will not be able to attend state colleges even even if the student can pay full tuition upfront.

“Georgia’s already got a ban of sorts on undocumented students attending its top five most competitive schools. This law would expand the ban to the entire state college network,” said Julianne Hing, Colorlines.com’s immigration reporter.

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