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  • "The shrinking African American population and the growing white population show the way in which poverty is distributed in both those populations," said Benjamin Orr, a research analyst at Brookings's Metropolitan Policy Program. 'I forecast that by 2014, African Americans would no longer be the majority in the District.'"
  • "Has Valentine’s Day become post-racial? Not yet, it seems. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that when it comes to dating, cyberspace is as segregated as the real world. Data gathered from more than 1 million profiles of singles looking for love online show that whites overwhelmingly prefer to date members of their own race, while blacks, especially men, are far more likely to cross the race barrier in hopes of being struck by Cupid’s arrow."
  • "In Mr. Prasad’s temple, there is an idol in robes, wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Very soon, Mr. Prasad said, he would encourage young Dalit couples to include a ritual in their wedding ceremony in which they would sign the letters A, B, C and D on a piece of a paper. “That would be a promise they make that they will teach their children English,” he said. He also plans to adopt an Islamic tradition and fix a loudspeaker in the temple from which a recorded voice would chant the English alphabet, from A to Z , every day at 5 a.m. All these are just symbolic gestures, he said, and the best he can do in the absence of genuine political support for making English the national language."

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  • Keith

    Actually, that’s not true, English is more like a status symbol for the rich and elite Indians which came about as a result of the English and colonialism.

    • dersk

      Umm, it’s also the number two official language of the country after Hindustani.

  • dersk

    I could easily imagine that for Dalits learning English is the one skill that would most likely improve their economic situation. It’s not as if Indian society has done a whole lot for them…