links for 2010-10-03

  • “'Ethnic diversity is not a checklist for us. It’s truly part of our value system and our philosophy around women. That’s really important to us as a brand. It’s unfortunate the Curve ID ad campaign came across as being one-dimensional. We actually shot Caucasian women, African-American women and Hispanic women, but what ended up being more visible was what looked like a one-dimensional presentation of women.'”
  • "Soraya Gardner of Yardley, Pa., a union member, said she’s sick of 'the racism, the tea party stuff.' She, her husband and her daughters stood with signs reading: 'The Coffee Party: Wake up America!' and 'Hey Glenn, We’re here. You’re not. Honor restored. You’re welcome.'"
  • "'Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company,' the CNN statement read. 'We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.' 

    "So far, Sanchez hasn't spoken out about the explosive interview Thursday on 'Stand Up! with Pete Dominick.' On the radio show, the now-former CNN star didn't just make a single impolitic statement, but spoke at length — for roughly 20 minutes — about Stewart and a media world he believes to be filled with 'elite Northeast liberals' who consider [Latin@] journalists 'second tier.' Sanchez is a Cuban-American. He specifically called out Stewart as someone with 'a white liberal establishment point-of-view' who 'can't relate to a guy like me.' Also, Sanchez claimed that Stewart is 'upset that someone of my ilk is at, almost, his level.'"

  • *TRIGGER WARNING*

    "During my time in Alice Springs I quickly realised that before I could truly understand the events surrounding the killing of Kwementyaye Ryder, I'd first have to learn something of the history of the town itself. Marooned in the centre of an impossible universe of sand and heat, it has the air of an abandoned space station – alien and stagnant; desperate and defiant. If it feels lost in space, it also feels lost in time. Here, as everywhere, the truth leaves a breadcrumb trail through tiny, incidental details: the police's premature insistence that race wasn't a motive; the weekly paper leading with the 'crackdown' on black 'hawkers'; the 250 people calling for calm; the man selling 'White Power' T-shirts. To the outsider, these are shocking glimpses, reminiscent of 1960s Mississippi. They speak of a hostility between black and white that is fraught, active and building."

  • "This 23-minute documentary, The Colony, explores Chinese immigration to Senegal. The immigrants are drawn to Africa by the promise of lucrative entrepreneurship and they are changing the economic landscape, to the pleasure and displeasure of locals."