links for 2011-02-11

  • "Nearly 9 percent of all marriages in the United States in 2009 were interracial or interethnic, more than double the percentage in 1980. The rates of intermarriage vary widely depending on gender, race or ethnicity. Gender differences are most pronounced among blacks and Asians. Black men marry someone from a different group twice as often as black women do, while among Asians, the gender pattern is reversed. Over all, black Hispanics and American Indians have the highest rates of intermarriage. For Asians and white Hispanics, the rates of intermarriage have remained static or decreased."
  • "Black girls and young women are growing up in an era still defined by misinformation about sex—abstinence-only education alongside a hyper-sexualized media; the AIDS-as-chronic-manageable-disease assumption; the constant drumbeat about the threat of so-called 'down low' black men; the related and ever-present cultural obsession with the alleged dearth of eligible black men. In this chaos, an easy-to-use HIV prevention method that doesn’t require sophisticated negotiation and communication skills is critical."
  • "I mean I get why, from a policy point of view, Dems and those on the left want to use the argument of how deporting “them” is going to hurt “our” jobs, but it still relies on this outsider narrative, which given the video of Napolitano above, the GOP clearly does not have a monopoly on."
  • "Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association (AFA), has expanded his astounding bigotry to include not just Muslims and LGBT people, but Native Americans as well.

    "In a post published Monday on the Rightly Concerned blog – a project of the AFA – Fischer railed on native peoples for not being Christian, claiming it’s their own fault that they lost their land and were forced onto reservations to cope with terrible living conditions."

  • Not getting why this is "confusing," but that's just me.–AJP "[I]t seems that another institution celebrating an aspect of our national heritage is looking to move into the neighborhood. According to the Washington Post, the New York-based Coalition for the National Museum of the American People, under the leadership of retired federal employee Sam Eskenazi, is campaigning for the establishment of an institution that would tell the tale of immigration to the Americas — from travelers arriving 20,000 years ago to people landing on American soil today. Yes, a museum of everybody.