"And all the queries that naturally arise upon learning that his parents are black—Did you struggle with your identity? Did you ever feel like you didn’t belong? Do you consider yourself black or Asian?—are quietly shut down with answers that make the questioner feel slightly foolish for the asking.
“'I grew up not trying to identify, but naturally identifying with the people around me, the African American culture,' says Mack. 'From before I can remember, I was surrounded by African American people. They were the ones I saw every day, they were my family, the people I lived with, who loved me, took care of me and played with me.'”
"'This bill is miles beyond S.B. 1070 in terms of its potential to roll back the rights and fundamental freedoms of both citizens and noncitizens alike,' said Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Arizona. She said the measures would create 'a ‘papers, please’ society' and that a new crime — 'driving while undocumented' — would be added to the books."
"Despite this history of hate, the singer of what has been termed “murder music” on Sunday was awarded the 2010 Grammy for Best Reggae Album for 'Before the Dawn.'
"Ironically, the Grammy awards ceremony came one day after a new report that 28 gay Jamaicans had been granted political asylum in the United States in 2010 because they were persecuted in their native land. The Jamaica Observer said the would-be immigrants had been represented by Immigration Equality, a group of lawyers who help immigrants persecuted in their home countries because of their sexual orientation. The U.S. has recognized such persecution as a basis for seeking asylum since the 1990s, it said."
"Amidst the high emotions of the horrifying violence meted out by Gaddafi’s loyalists against demonstrators, the desire on the part of social media and social network groups to claim yet another dictator’s scalp, and the haste by traditional media to be the first to break a story, the vilification of black Africans in Libya has proliferated unchecked. We can only imagine the impact that this will have on Libya’s own black African tribes and other minorities after the dust has settled. Surely we are not ready for another Darfur."
"Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League has responded to Glenn Beck's comment on Tuesday which likened Reform Judaism to 'radicalized Islam.' Foxman said in a statement Wednesday that Beck's comments demonstrate his 'bigoted ignorance.'"
"The show — at least, the pilot episode — features an Asian character named Han Lee, described in the script as 33, Korean Born, Lovable, Thin Man; Thick Accent. And it's pretty much downhill from there.
"From what I've seen, the running joke appears to be that Han Lee adopts a new, more 'American' name ('Bryce Lee' — which at some point becomes 'Rice') and is constantly getting his funny-but-lovable bad English corrected. I'm reposting relevant parts of the script below."
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