links for 2011-05-06

  • "'Telling the accurate story of what happened and putting the positive correction is something that this region has a responsibility to do,' activist Michael Harris said. The trouble is getting someone to take responsibility for fixing an error committed during an era when the N-word was commonly used. The Army Corps of Engineers, which had the graves relocated, says it handed over control of the gravesite to El Dorado County. The county says it welcomes a solution from the Corps."
  • "When we feel we cannot even take care of 'our own,' it’s easy to let a feeling of solidarity slip away. It makes me sad when I see people of color who should understand and join in the struggle that Mexicanos and other immigrants face today, but who veer away from that struggle imagining that immigrants represent a threat to their own community. This is the voice of White Supremacy, and it’s a bullhorn turned on all day and night in this land, so I understand. But when in all important ways our struggle is the same, 'our own' can be an expansive thing—and these larger numbers will render us more powerful to fight those exploiters at the top, already unfairly given advantage."
  • "Advocates for immigrants said they were watching closely because anything is possible in the final days of the legislative session. Immigrants, [documented and undocumented], have thronged the Capitol to protest the bills, which they say are unconstitutional and racist and an effort to blame immigrants for the state’s economic morass.
  • "Mthuli Ncube, the bank's chief economist, said the findings should challenge long-held perceptions of Africa as a continent of famine, poverty and hopelessness.

    "'Hey you know what, the world please wake up, this is a phenomenon in Africa that we've not spent a lot of time thinking about,' Ncube said. 'There is a middle class that is driven by specific factors such as education and we should change our view and work with this group to create a new Africa and make sure Africa realises its full potential.'"

  • Fascinating–if slanted–view on struggles Afro-Venezuelans face.–AJP

    "For the first time ever, Venezuela’s 2011 Census will include a question that allows individuals to identify themselves as being Afro-descendent. This move came at the behest of social organizations fighting for the explicit recognition of the Afro-descendent population in Venezuela. It will better allow Venezuela to recognize its diversity and respond accordingly to the specific needs of different groups. The network of Afro Venezuelan organizations estimates that there are more than seven million Venezuelans of African descent."

  • "A Latino museum would join the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and its planned National Museum of African American History and Culture, slated to open in four years. There has been some hesitance in Congress to add more ethnic museums for fear that they appeal to segregated audiences.

    "The commission tried to head off such arguments from the start.

    "'This is not a museum for Latinos. This is a museum that more fully describes what the American story is,' Munoz said. 'The historical myth of the United States begins with 1776 and the Mayflower, totally ignoring the fact that we were here well before then and have been contributors to the development of this country in every single way.'"