links for 2011-07-29

  • "Yesterday the first ever LGBT Town Hall meeting was held at the 102nd annual NAACP Convention in Los Angeles. But instead of a groundbreaking event that would have been a watershed moment for the entire African descended rainbow community, it's left hurt feelings in the bi and trans sectors of it and the sense that once again, transpeople don't matter..

    "That message is even harder to swallow in the wake of a transwoman being killed in Washington D.C.days before the convention started in the historic back yard of the NAACP and her vigil being held the first day of the convention.

    "When a trans free panel happens, one of the things that we transpeeps are most concerned about is when there are no transpeople at the table, it equals jacked up misinformation about transpeople around and emanating from the table

    "And that happened at yesterday's NNACP panel.

  • "Pressure is the first feature film directed by a black Brit. It bears the hallmarks of an early creative work, its running time is demanding, it is laboured in its messages, clumsy speechifying punctuates much of its action. None of this however dents my affection for it, I enjoy Pressure's awkward honesty. Now understood as an audacious political work and record of its time, the film was shelved for three years by its producers. The 70s were a more volatile time for race relations in Britain and the BFI were nervous about the film's frank discussion and depictions of racism. Pressure merits re-watching because it grapples with an eternal question.

    "How to belong?"

  • "Gentrification is always a delicate topic, especially in a city where it usually has meant well-to-do whites buying up affordable houses in predominantly black neighborhoods. The trend is reflected in recent census figures that show that the District is no longer a majority-black city and by ever-whiter neighborhoods such as Shaw and H Street Northeast.

    "But black gentrification is increasingly redefining the G-word and changing the economics of places like Anacostia."

  • I'm questioning the word "equilibrium" in this when the articles goes on and on about the increase of white people, especially white people with childran, in NYC and why. Thoughts?–AJP "New York City edged a baby step closer to racial equilibrium in the last decade, according to census results released this month. Compared with the 1990s, the numbers of Hispanic and Asian New Yorkers grew more slowly; blacks recorded their first population loss since the Civil War; and non-Hispanic whites, who registered their smallest population loss in decades, also logged the biggest gains of any group among young children.

    'As a result, according to the 2010 census, the city was 33 percent non-Hispanic white, 29 percent Hispanic, 23 percent black and 13 percent Asian. In 2000, the city’s makeup was 35 percent non-Hispanic white, 27 percent Hispanic, 25 percent black and 10 percent Asian."

  • "It's been well established that anti-Muslim self-proclaimed counterterrorism experts — often times funded by federal grants — have been giving advice to state and local law enforcement officers for years. But the fact that the nation's top law enforcement agency was pointing new federal agents to bigoted material as recently as 2009 came as a surprise to those who have seen this stuff before.

    "Mike German of the ACLU, a former FBI agent, told TPM that educating agents with that type of material can only lead to abuse down the road."