It may be hard to believe that people, and public officials no less, would say such terms and think nothing of them while speaking to the media. The comment arena is basically not having any of it, and are letting it be known loud and clear. This makes racial gaff number, what, 5082 for the Republicans? LOL. The bigger issue here is what do we do with the sentiment that is left even after the words are no longer said. This is why, perhaps, instead of just scolding, that we create dialogue through and through on such issues. Seems like a digital town hall is a great place to start, no?
What's the latest in race-related news? Alaska state official Rep. Don Young has gotten himself into extremely hot water over comments that he made while doing a recent interview. Young proceeded to tell an interviewer a story from his childhood in which he used the extremely hurtful term "wetbacks". "Wetback" is a derogatory term used to describe those of Latin descent. Young was extremely apologetic immediately after the news of his gaff hit the media, his excuse being that the word was simply a term he had heard growing up. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has publicly blasted Young and claimed disappointment in the veteran state representative. Unfortunately, in a country where the population is becoming increasingly Spanish-speaking, an apology may not be enough? Insensitive or just a slip of the tongue? Let's analyze public response....
Can you feel the heat from your chair as you read that sampling of comments. Perhaps it is the sentiments expressed between those who have traditionally taken "sides" is what has created so much violence and disparity in the United States. It is fitting that as we go deeper into this period of re-defining race, balance, equity; that these figures from the Census Bureau should be revealed. Careful to note though that the plurality will begin with those under 18 in 2022. The key is the "under 18" part for more and more young people are and will grow up in a vastly different world and, perhaps, share vastly different views from most all previous generations before them. That's where things can finally start to become interesting....we hope.
According to the U.S, Census Bureau, by the end of the year 2022 there will no longer be a racial or ethnic majority among U.S. citizens under 18. This means that the United States will be considered a plurality nation. Also, by the year 2043, the share of non-Hispanic whites across all age groups is expected to fall below 50 percent. But will this mean complete racial and social equality as well? What do the people think?
..The only way this "white folks will be a minority" works is if you define white persons every bit as strictly as segregationists used to define white people or black people. In 1940, for example, Florida Statutes defined a black person as anybody who had one-sixteenth (1/16th) black ancestry...
This is America, the "melting pot," remember? Just because the "founding fathers" were white doesn't mean the country would never get browned...more people are meeting mates who are not the same race as they are...The result...mixed race children....the more varied the DNA the healthier the offspring; it's good for human beings...Too bad, so sad, white man.
In supposed "post-racial America", the discussion continues regarding how race plays into profiling. Of note is that depending upon the outlet, and therefore the mindset, the opinion varies indicating further division in our country. As U.C. Irvine Associate Professor Chicano/Latino Studies Louis Desipio has noted, this is a larger exercise and observation about how countries - such as the United States - incorporate new members. The pattern seems to repeat itself but in new formats. What might be most interesting to watch is the actual response from the "new members" and how that response builds on that of the prior "new members". Are you also examining your own attitudes?
A class-action civil rights trial began against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. Among the evidence to be introduced are letters asserting previous knowledge of illegal immigrants. Arpaio and his office are accused of engaging in a pattern of discriminatory policing during patrols, stopping and questioning Latinos. Arpaio claims the people pulled over were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes and that officers only learned afterward that many were illegal immigrants. The plaintiffs aren't seeking money damages. They want a declaration that Arpaio's office racially profiles and an order that requires the department to make changes to prevent what they said is discriminatory policing. To the comment-sphere!
The abuse of Arpaio’s power has been an ongoing problem for years. He often conducted retaliatory investigation against anyone who questions him. … Arpaio is on trial because he targeted the Latino community specifically. That's racism. … When the majority of your illegals are Hispanic, then that’s who you look for.
… When the majority of people in AZ are Latino, then the majority are likely to be caught committing violations. A handful of Latinos claim they were racially profiled. It should be thousands if it were true. … Right now the Caucasians are the minorities. We should be screaming profiling and racism. But we don't.
Illegal immigrants accounted for 57 percent of the 1,500 people arrested. In other words, about half the time, they are just pulling over the brown boys, because they are dark skinned. The sheriff’s racist stripe is showing big time. … Does it surprise anyone that this cruel despicable racist is a Republican? … Knowing that within the Hispanic population there are more illegals than any other group, it's obvious that the group that will be most targeted will be Hispanics. So what is the problem?
First of all, this phenom actually seems to be a swinging back of the pendulum. Certainly before the country was "founded", the Native Americans (people of color) were the majority. And much later, a large part of the southwest of the US was inhabited by people who we now term Hispanics. Second, given this shift the conversation about a "post-racial" America will become more and more ridiculous. What is really happening is that we are all figuring out new worlds, new demos and new values and perhaps a new concept of race/cateogrization, overall. One thing is certain, watch for more and varied seats at the table to be demanded as time goes on given what is now the new "majority." But the real question is, given the new status, do you think white people will now have trouble getting a cab? LOL
Big media buzz today over the latest Census Bureau stats which show for that first time in U.S. history that white births are in the majority. Hispanics, Blacks and mixed races are said to be creating a new hue in the country. The general population weighs in with comments.
I saw this story as soon as I woke up...flipping through stories on my phone... I knew there would be a few wingnuts upset about this, but I seriously thought that no one but the KKK would really care. How wrong was I.