The RaceWire Beat – 09.19.06

By Jessica Valoris Sep 19, 2006

The RaceWire Beat is a digest of the day’s top news stories on race and politics collected by the staff at ColorLines magazine. Houston Gun Dealers Arm Against “Katricians” Hurricane evacuees protest as hostility spills out over rising crime rates in the city. Renewal Money for New Orleans Bypasses Renters Housing Aid in New Orleans benefits homeowners, and leaves New Orleans renters high and dry. Surge in Anti-Muslim Incidents Reported A national Muslim advocacy organization reports a 30 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents reported to the group last year. Bloomberg To Fight Poverty In an effort to reduce the city’s high poverty rate, the Bloomberg administration plans to offer tax credits and cash rewards to encourage poor people to stay in school and receive preventive medical care, but some community organizers are skeptical. Few Black Churches Get Funds Small percentage of Black churches participate in Bush’s Faith-Based Initiative Bigger Than Hip-Hop Hip-hop is arguably the most potent musical force in the country today, and African-American activists are working to shape it into a political movement as well.