"Just when you think Fox News has exhausted all the racist things there are to say about our president, BAM! They come up with a fresh absurdity."
"'It's offensive to Hawaiians to raise fish in this monoculture style, when they have a strong tradition of aquaculture using fish ponds close to shore that house multiple species of herbivore fish, essentially creating a microcosm of the overall ocean's ecosystem,' Townsend told IPS."
"The effects of climate change may be felt across the globe, but in the United States, compared to the general population, indigenous peoples feel the impact disproportionately, a report published Wednesday by the National Wildlife Federation concluded. The average 45 percent unemployment rate among Tribes means that the added costs and damage, both social and economic, resulting from climate change only exacerbate the struggles for communities facing high rates of poverty."
:I knew something seemed unusual when I looked at Entertainment Weekly’s new cover featuring Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, and Viola Davis, three of the stars of the new film The Help. Is it the lighting? Emma Stone’s curiously nondescript expression? Nope, it’s that we haven’t seen a black actor or actress featured on the cover in quite some time. Can you guess the last black thespian to land the cover of EW? If the term “actor” is tripping you up, the amount of black non-actors on the cover is just as low. In the past four years, only Randy Jackson (appearing as part of the American Idol ensemble), Tyra Banks, Alicia Keys, and Usher have appeared — along with a few tiny heads in various collage covers. Weird."
"Celebrities change their appearances for all kinds of reasons, but praising a racially motivated, excrutiatingly painful cosmetic procedure as 'worth it' is, at best, insensitive. (And at worst? I really don’t want to break out the 'r' word.) Did Hayworth look better than Cansino did? That’s subjective. But there are some ugly, ugly implications attached to glorifying a makeover designed to hide Hayworth’s heritage. I mean, what’s the reader takeaway supposed to be here? That everyone looks better as a white person? That the agony Hayworth must have gone through was 'worth it' to not look Hispanic?"
"While illegal immigrants can still obtain [driver's] licenses in Washington, licensing officials said they canceled Jose Antonio Vargas' driver's license because he could not prove that he lived in the state when he obtained it, as required by law. Vargas wrote Thursday on his website that the revocation was 'not unexpected, given how I laid out in detail how I've been able to live, work and survive as an undocumented immigrant in our country. Still, it's a sad feeling. In some ways, my driver's license has been my life line.
". . . Losing that privilege is part of my facing up to what I've done. However, I believe it is a small price to pay relative to the big things we're going to do, together.'"
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