Linkage – 2008-08-07

by Latoya Peterson

del.icio.us is *still* throwing gang signs at me and tech support has not gotten back to me in their promised twenty-four hours. (It’s been four days.) If anyone has any ideas on how to fix, email me. Until then, a link round up:

Stereohyped provides a study which explains why blacks are leaving San Francisco.

A new report finds that poor schools, a high cost of living and a lack of cultural experiences are the reasons behind a major black exodus from the city San Francisco.

Jessica Yee blogs for Shameless about rapper Eekwol.

In comes Eekwol, who is an incredibly gifted Native rapper from Saskatoon, giving it to you straight up to let the truth be known. A Cree from the Muskoday First Nation, she not only makes me brim with pride from a cultural and musical perspective, but also as a woman. As you’ll see very quickly from any of her songs or listening to her talk, she clearly owns all of who she is.

Izzy Mo is in Dubai and had some interesting thoughts about international relations. (Via.)

Whether we realize it or not, America enjoys the love and mercy of many people around the world. While I have met people who will go on and on about America’s jacked-up foreign policy, I have yet to hear anyone condemn the American people. I haven’t encountered any seething hatred or raging Moozlimz. I don’t deny that it exist but the media tends to forget something. The mainstream American media paints the war in black and white. It doesn’t mean people here in the Middle East are unable to see all the shades and colors of this conflict.

How bad is it when you consider divorcing your husband in order to get affordable healthcare? The New York Times reports.

The debate continued until this summer, when Mr. Moulton’s father offered financial help. “I know we don’t take charity from anyone,” Mr. Moulton told his wife, “but I’m not going to divorce you and I’m not going to let you die.”

According to the Washington Post, the US is getting older and more diverse.

Minorities, about one-third of the U.S. population, are expected to become a majority by 2042 and be 54 percent of U.S. residents by 2050.

Sex and Moxie asks “Why Are Some Still Opposed to Inter-racial Dating?” The comments are interesting.

[...]I also think one major reason more black women don’t date other races is that they’re not being asked out. Even if you’re attractive, a lot of guys have the “anything but black” syndrome when it comes to marriage. Black women are on the bottom of the dating totem pole in the US(even sometimes when it comes to their own race) so there would be no way I could limit myself to black guys lest I want to end up an old maid. I’ve always thought it was odd that educated, professional Asian women, who have plenty of Asian men on the same or higher socioeconomic level are most likely to date interracially, but educated black women who typically have a lack of black men on their level, are the least likely to date interracially. [...]
—Quirky

The Sanctuary has up “5 English Lessons from thew Anti-Immigration Movement.”

My favorite:

Obviously, the the crew at the Sanctuary is using their damned socialist spell check!