links for 2011-05-21

  • "Within American society, the woman at the center of the Strauss-Kahn case occupies a weaker position than many women who find themselves in similar straights, but who never dare to come forward. Since Strauss-Kahn's arrest, several European women — women far better positioned to have taken the risks of making such accusations — have come forward with similar accusations against the now-diminished titan, liberated to do so by a woman who, on another day, could have been making their beds and fluffing their towels."
  • "Michelle’s image, in particular, has defied the effects of Regan’s “welfare queen” campaign. Whenever she speaks, her words dispel the idea that we are somehow intellectually inferior. Her very existence is contrary to all of the misguided boxes Black women are placed in–attitudinal, hypersexual, loud, inarticulate and uncouth. And because she represents the countless Black women who are none of those things, dubious forces are operating in overdrive to counter her positive image.

    "America cannot comprehend a country where Black women hold advanced degrees; a world where we are more qualified than our White counterparts. It is beyond comprehension for the ilk of the Bill O’Reilleys of the world to imagine a country where not all Blacks were raised in the ‘hood. Our racist nation cannot fathom the legions of Black women who have some of the shared experiences as our First Lady."

  • "The large British Asian population in the town – 24% – has swelled the numbers with bigger than average families, but veteran observers such as Sir Bill Taylor, former council leader and youth worker, believes all communities in the area can see the positives. He says: 'Converging cultures mean there's less of a difference. And what everyone has in common is a sense of the youthful energy and optimism we have – and which we need to encourage and not disappoint.'"
  • "Under the proposal, any instruction or materials at a public elementary or middle school would be limited to age-appropriate lessons about the science of human reproduction.

    "The legislation was amended from the original version, which said no elementary or middle schools will 'provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.' Republican Senate sponsor Stacey Campfield of Knoxville said some of his colleagues were uncomfortable with that language.

    "'There's more than one way to skin a cat,' Campfield said after the vote. 'I got what I wanted.'