links for 2010-03-09

  • "Carrillo countered that any talk of him not campaigning hard enough is a 'false assertion.' Despite the differing explanations for his loss, Carrillo's statements have renewed a decades-old discussion over race-driven voting behavior.
    "Civil-rights advocates and other experts say Carrillo may be making a valid argument in at least partially attributing his defeat to what they describe as racially polarized voting: the tendency to vote against minority candidates in the privacy of the polling station. Even after more than four decades of civil-rights advances, they say, racially polarized voting is an enduring social pattern that can thwart the advances of Hispanic and African-American candidates."
  • "'If I go out then I don't like to go on my own,' he said. 'I always go with friends.
    'We get looked at in a funny way. We don't get served in bars unless we protest and we get called Paki or have to deal with comments like 'here come the suicide bombers'."
  • "…the bureau has never made it easy to recognize the indigenous roots of 'Mexican Americans/Chicanos' or 'Latinos/Hispanics.' The long and sordid history of the census has been to direct or redirect them into the white category, even–and especially–when they have asserted their indigenous roots or when they have checked the 'other' race category. (Since 1980, about half of Hispanics/Latinos have checked the “other” race category and are virtually the only group that chooses this category.) This has been a standard practice of the bureau since the second half of the twentieth century. Coincidentally, this is also when government bureaucrats imposed the term 'Hispanic,' a tag that generally masks the existence of indigenous and/or African roots in many peoples of the Americas."
  • "'Oh hell, no,' I thought. It’s one thing for me to feel unwelcome and uncomfortable when I am in a bar in America, but there is no way I am going to be made to feel like some kind of an intruder into your 'whites only' space in my OWN DAMN COUNTRY." 
  • I think, though I don't know, that for a number of white men looking at black women, there must be a similar thought process. The black-white chasm is unlike anything else in this country, hence comparing dating between whites and Latinos or whites and Asians doesn't do it justice. None of those relationships bring to bear the crushing weight of the legacy of white supremacy in the manner that black-white relationships do. It's intimidating to bring that with you into a relationship, and I suspect, while all the factors I listed are at work, equally at work is the "Why bother?" impulse.
  • "The quick summary: L.A. elementary school. Black History Month celebration. (I know, you all already said, “Uh oh.”) Parade. Children representing African American role models. Three white teachers choose O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul."