links for 2010-10-08

  • "In the San Jose State case, Courtney Howard, a former student at the university, charged in a civil lawsuit, filed Aug. 31, that over a three-week period in 2008 she was subjected to progressively more violent hazing from Sigma Gamma Rho members. Ms. Howard claims in her suit that they beat her and other pledges with wooden paddles, slapped them with wooden spoons, shoved them against the wall, and threatened that 'snitches get stitches.'

    "'One of the girls who was a big sister told me it was supposed to be so you can feel what your ancestors went through in slavery, so you will respect what you came from,' Ms. Howard said."

  • "Their eviction practices vary, from sudden and violent to mediated and planned. In some cases, landowners have sent thugs to slash or burn tents; in others they have offered cash payoffs to expedite expulsions. But whatever the method, the evictions increase the instability of the displaced population for whom few alternatives exist, given the slow pace of the cleanup and reconstruction effort."
  • "Paul Henry, a presenter on TVNZ's Breakfast show, made the comment on Monday when he was asking Prime Minister John Key who he was going to choose to replace outgoing governor-general, Sir Anand Satyanand – who was born and raised in NZ by Fijian Indian parents.
    "'Is he even a New Zealander?' Henry asked Mr Key, who replied that every governor general since Sir Arthur Porritt, who was appointed in 1967, had been born in NZ."
  • "In the second quarter of this year, a greater percentage of Asian-Americans remained unemployed for the long term than any other major minority group — including blacks and Hispanics.

    That's despite the fact that a higher percentage of the Asian-American population is college educated. And overall, the unemployment rate in this community is much lower than the average."

  • "Cultural racism – which Rose defined as the idea that "blacks have a distinct and dysfunctional culture" – is another issue that has become widespread, she said. People use cultural explanations to "rationalize inequality," she said.

    "Keeping track of that process" – how aesthetic, cultural practices have become examples of what many today perceive as "pathological" behavior – is important, Rose said."