links for 2010-09-03

  • "In any case, Morris comes into the Lounge shouting his epithets, apparently really drunk and at some point tries to grab the bartender by the throat or strangle him or something. But things did not go well for Morris. The folks in the establishment were not interested in that kind of an evening and proceeded to administer Morris a serious beating. As Pinto put it, Morris 'was punched in the face by at least one of the people he was shouting at' and when police finally arrived he was 'bleeding profusely from the face.'

    "Morris was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital and charged with 3rd degree intimidation due to bias and 2nd degree breach of peace. He is still in police custody."

  • "U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Saturday that he plans to recruit more African-American and Latino teachers in a bid to narrow achievement gaps among students.

    "African-American males make up less than 2 percent of teachers nationwide, Duncan told CNN, while African-American and Latino males — combined — represent roughly 3.5 percent of all U.S. teachers.

    "'That's not a number we can be proud of,' Duncan said."

  • Wow, the transmisogyny roiling in this post. Y'all can take it from there…–AP

    "Drag, as it arose in more recent gay culture, recognized a shared sense of persecution between women and gay men. Ostracized men found both refuge and kindred spirits in the glamour of classical Hollywood, theater, and opera. Drag always had a warm side, honoring the sort of strength of character that a boy might perceive in his mother. But it could also slide easily into harshness, especially when a queen overdoses on Bette Davis, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Crawford — no longer seeing women, but gargoyles. Drag queens use the term “bitch” as much as NWA ever did, and at some point, most performers seem to start channeling the high-class bullies on “Dynasty.” (There’s a similar, but separate, tradition of black comedians — Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, Tyler Perry, all descendants of Flip Wilson — in either mammy or ghetto-fabulous drag.)"

  • "First, our estimates of the number of private household workers are woefully inaccurate. Individuals who work under the table are unlikely to report their jobs, especially if they are undocumented immigrants. As a result, it’s difficult to estimate precisely the rates of noncompliance with tax reporting requirements. According to Dr. Haskins’s estimates, somewhere between 80 percent and 97 percent of household employers were flouting the law in 2006.

    "These workers are among the least likely to apply for unemployment insurance or to show up among the officially unemployed."

  • "But the banker, Thilo Sarrazin, an executive with the central bank and a former Berlin finance minister, has not emerged as the marginalized hate-monger that the initial condemnation suggested. His book, 'Germany Does Away With Itself,' which laments the growing number of Muslim immigrants, contending that they are 'dumbing down' society, was released Monday and is already in its fourth printing, with sales expected to exceed 150,000 copies, according to his publisher.

    "Mr. Sarrazin has set off a painful public discussion here that highlights one of the nation’s most vexing challenges: how to overcome what is widely seen as a failed immigration policy that over decades has done little to support and integrate the nearly 20 percent of the population with an immigrant background. It is a policy that also stokes anti-Islamic sentiment and hostility."

  • "Later BriWi asked historian Douglas Brinkley “what happened to that national conversation we were all supposed to have about what was exposed by Katrina?” Brinkley says we “got amnesia” and “forget quickly.” One might suggest the country would be less apt to get “amnesia” and “forget” if powerful media folks like NBC and it’s uber popular anchors were more apt to shine a consistent light on the problem in the intervening years between big anniversaries. One might also suggest that we are in fact embroiled in a national conversation about race, it just simply does not look like what anyone imagined or hoped it would five years ago."
  • Bianca Laureano interviews Nezua. "Film is an incredibly powerful medium, as is Television, as are books. If we see ourselves portrayed as bad people, deviants, or losers, we will accept these roles and fill them. We will accept abuse and we will hate ourselves and find ways to kill ourselves. Slow and fast, and in myriad ways, sometimes hard to discern, but deadly.

    This is your world. You were born to tell a story. Tell that story, but first cleanse your mind and heart."