links for 2011-01-08

  • "The plan is to put black-theme movies in commercial theaters, initially from the independent film program recently begun by the AMC theater chain, for a two-week run supported by social networks, mailing lists and other buzz-building services at the disposal of allied ethnic film festivals."
  • "There is an ignoble tradition of racialising criminality in this country, in particular sexual offences, from the moral panic about West Indian pimps in the 1960s to the statistically dubious coverage of African-Caribbean gang rape in the 90s. But even those who do want further investigation into the apparent preponderance of Asian perpetrators tell me that this is not about cultural expectations regarding the sexual susceptibility of white females but rather about opportunity and vulnerability, especially of young people within the care system. It is certainly admissible to query just how beholden to 'the tyranny of custom', as Wednesday's Times leader put it, are these twentysomething males who drive flash cars and ply their victims with alcohol.

    "Meanwhile, the sunlight of investigative inquiry has yet to shine on our legal system…"

  • "For all of that and more, Mr. Acosta’s class and others in the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American program have been declared illegal by the State of Arizona — even while similar programs for black, Asian and American Indian students have been left untouched.
    “'It’s propagandizing and brainwashing that’s going on there,' Tom Horne, Arizona’s newly elected attorney general, said this week as he officially declared the program in violation of a state law that went into effect on Jan. 1."
  • "Social sciences had the highest proportion of doctoral students who were black: 6.9 percent."