links for 2010-09-08

  • "They are occurring, union officials and aid workers say, mainly because collective bargaining rules, implemented recently, are proving difficult to enforce, and because of what appears to be exploitation by employment agencies based in Asia. The government is monitoring the situation and says it may adapt its rules.
    "In some cases, humanitarian agencies, local authorities and churches have stepped in to help stranded and precarious workers."
  • "Asian Americans typically have the lowest unemployment rate of any ethnic group in the United States. But in this weak labor market, once they lose their jobs, they have an especially hard time reentering the labor force, data show."
  • "What I wonder about, though, is why Native people went to so much effort to prove this in court. While some non-Native Canadians feel that First Nations are being demanding, or are favoured by special rules that apply only to them, I actually think the Natives are being quite tolerant of the fact that our presence is here at all.
    "I am reminded of something one of my Nuu-chah-nulth friends said to me years ago. I had mentioned the reserve where he lived, and he turned to me abruptly. 'Don't call my village a reserve,' he said. Just words. But there is so much loaded into those words. His home village has been inhabited for thousands of years, possibly as many as 5,000 years. Call it a village, and you acknowledge that history, that connection. Call it a reserve, and you accept that the land is owned by the Canadian government, that its inhabitants live there by the government's grace."
  • This is the full text of what King said.–AP

    "I've worked in television nearly all of my professional life, and that statistic is quite sobering to me. And to add injury to my already sensitive nerve endings a picture of Rutina Wesley from True Blood, who attended this year's Emmys, had a caption that read: "Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys." No, I wasn't there. Mistakes happen, right? Well after a few "mistakes" of how people of color are portrayed in the Hollywood media, I decided it was important to say something about how things go down in Hollywood."

  • "If we truly believe in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," then it is only fair that the boxing world punish Mayweather. I understand he's the industry's cash cow. But this kind of hypocrisy only fertilizes racial tension while simultaneously lining the pockets of people who make their living manipulating that tension.

    Mayweather should not be judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his YouTube comments. If a half-hearted apology was not enough to spare Imus, Schlessinger, et al, then it shouldn't spare him.

    And if it does, then what does that say about us? "

  • "Look, I get that Morrrissey or any other white vegan/animal rights activist is not thrilled about certain practices regarding animal rights situations in certain parts of the world (I’m not either), but to demonize an
    entire nationality or ethnic group or refer to an entire nationality or ethnic group pejoratively as a SUBSPECIES. Dude… completely unnecessary, completely uncalled for, SHUT THE F-RONT DOOR!

    Probably my two biggest gripes about these near-sighted race politic expressions of animal rights are that:

    1) they really perpetuate, particularly amongst people of color, the misnomer that veganism can only be narrowly defined as a white, middle-class subculture and that;

    2) vegans of color are further marginalized within the discourse of animal rights whether or not we cry foul at the egregious white-supremacist twists on these representations of animal rights politics."