links for 2011-02-20

  • "The 11 and a half minute segment was mostly filled with respectful and sensitive questions that enlighten Oprah’s audience. This is pretty meaningful when you consider Oprah has the highest ratings among older Americans. Nationally, 7.4 million people watch her show daily according to the Nielsen Research Group. The audience is predominantly female, white, and over the age of 55.

    "But it’s Oprah. At one point she got folksy and asked one of her ridiculous questions. And demanded an answer." 

  • "In response to The Root's response that the idea was oversimplified, that perhaps finding a cure for hatred toward Muslims was a little outside his area of expertise and that The Daily Show's spoof of the limitations of the idea was hilariously on point, Cosby picked up the phone and called us from backstage at a comedy show where he was about to perform.

    "The bottom line: No, the show wouldn't be a perfect solution. But yes, it would be a good idea. Like The Cosby Show, it would have to start off by tiptoeing around people's prejudices by keeping things comfortable and familiar. No caricatures, no George Lopez-style, in-your-face, everything-is-about-our-differences jokes." 

  • "Despite severe losses during the recession, the majority of African Americans see the economy improving and are confident that their financial prospects will improve soon.

    "That optimism, shared to a lesser degree by Hispanics, stands in stark contrast to the deeper pessimism expressed by a majority of whites. In general, whites are more satisfied with their personal financial situations but also more sour about the nation's economic prospects."

  • "Congress repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943 during World War II after Japan highlighted the law in propaganda questioning China's alliance with the United States.
    But apology advocates note that the US government has never voiced regret. After the act's repeal, the United States still let in only 105 Chinese each year. The United States opened up to large-scale immigration by non-Europeans under a landmark 1965 law championed by then-senator Ted Kennedy."
  • "'American Indian/Alaska Native children and youth experience an increase risk of multiple victimizations,' she said. 'Their capacity to function and to regroup before the next emotional or physical assault diminished with each missed opportunity to intervene. These youth often make the decision to take their own lives because they feel a lack of safety in their environment. Our youth are in desperate need of safe homes, safe families and safe communities.'”