Chinese Americans In The Deep South

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From the Abagon blog, we learn that Chinese labourers were imported into the American South after the Civil War to replace emancipated black slaves. However, the plan failed as the Chinese left the plantations and moved north. Some of those who stayed in the South became grocers to black sharecroppers, and plantation commissaries gave way to Chinese grocery stores. To read more, click here.

Anti-Semitism in Greece: How Real?

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w.goldendawngreece-052214In a recent article in The Jewish Daily Forward, Gavin Rabinowitz discusses the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) report that Greece is the most anti-semitic nation in Europe. Reporting on a global anti-Semitism survey Gavin states, “With 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was on par with Saudi Arabia, more anti-Semitic than Iran (56 percent) and nearly twice as anti-Semitic as Europe’s second-most anti-Semitic country, France (37 percent). To read more, click here.

Mobility And The Black-White Gap

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Victoria Stilwell of the Bloomberg News reports that Black Americans remain less likely to climb the income ladder and more likely to drop than whites, according to research published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago last month. Thomas Piketty, whose best-selling book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has spurred debate over income inequality, said in an interview that “the whole structure of inequality of income and wealth in the U.S. is very much related to race.” To read more, click here.

Unemployment and Black Resilience

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Rebecca J. Rosen, writing in The Atlantic, points to a compelling theory advanced by Valerie Wilson at the Economic Policy Institute: Black unemployment is high, not only because black joblessness is high, but because black Americans stick to their job search longer. Because the unemployment rate reflects only unemployed people who are actively looking for jobs, the black unemployment rate is inflated. To read more, click here.

Most Students Aren’t White

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As reported by Chris Hoenig on the website, DiversityInc, the National Center for Education Statistics projects that Latinos, Blacks, Asians and Pacific Islanders, American Indians and biracial students will, when added together, represent 50.2 percent of the 2014–2015 student population. To read more, click here.

Poverty-Busters: Native American Success

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Christina Rose, reporting in Indian Country Today Media Network, says that, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, South Dakota is home to some of the harshest poverty-stricken areas in Indian country. While the sluggish economy throughout the United States has been part of the problem, Indian organizations and individuals are working to change the status quo.  To read more, click here.

“Geography Of Hate” Maps Racist and Homophobic Tweets

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ht_hate_homophobia_tweet_map_tk_130514_wg-1As reported by ABC News, a new Twitter study by assistant professor Monica Stephens and Humboldt State University measured racist and homophobic tweets in the United States. The result is the “Geography of Hate” shown above. To read more, click here.

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery

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After the popular movie, ‘Django,’ Colorlines Magazine featured an article that recites ten things everyone should know about slavery (but aren’t mentioned in the popular film). Among the important facts are that the wealth gap between whites and blacks that resulted from slavery has yet to be closed.  In fact, today that wealth gap is the largest recorded since records began to be kept three decades ago. To read more, click here.


A Still from ‘Django’

U.S. Mexico Immigration Migration Reversing

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Net-migration from Mexico to the U.S. has fallen to zero or less according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Among the factors causing the trend are increased deportations and fewer opportunities for Mexican immigrants in the U.S.  To read the full report, click here.

Intelligence, Poverty, Parasite, and Pathogens

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According to recent research by scientists from the University of New Mexico, children born in areas with high rates of infectious disease tend to have a lower average intellegence than those born in areas with a lower disease burden. The research suggests that the body’s metabolic energy needed for optimal brain development is depleted in the constant fight against pathogens. Conversely, as disease agents are conquered, average intelligence in children in previously-affected areas should rise.

To read the full article in the Economist, click here.

Concentrated Poverty

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According to the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution,

After substantial progress against concentrated poverty during the booming economy of the late 1990s, the economically turbulent 2000s saw much of those gains erased.

According to its report, “The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty,”  concentrated poverty—being poor in a very poor neighborhood—limits educational opportunity, leads to increased crime rates and poor health outcomes, hinders wealth building, increases the prices for good and services, and raises the costs for local government. To read more, and download a full copy of the report click here.

Older Americans in Poverty

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A recent report from AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) states as follows:

Poverty among the elderly remains a serious and persistent problem in the United States. Nearly one in ten adults age 65 and above live in a family with income below the official U .S . poverty line.…Poverty hits some groups of older adults more than others. Twenty percent of older adults who are black or Hispanic are poor, and poverty hits older people with limited education and those who are not married especially hard .

To read the full report, click here.

Map of Per Capita Income and Population Density

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National Geographic has an interactive map that shows the wide disparities in global per capita income levels, as well as population density. Different colors represent different income groups, while shades within each color represent population density. Click here to view the map.

What’s Really Causing Gridlock in D.C.?

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Whatever happened to the art of compromise in Washington? Author Marc Dunkelman has an intriguing answer. In a new essay in the journal, National Affairs, he argues that our changing communities may be to blame. As they’ve been transformed by technology, globalization and a shift to a service-based economy, we’ve lost opportunities for broader social interaction with those whose points of view differ from our own. That has made understanding and collaborating with those of another political stripe or belief system increasingly difficult. To read more, including an interview with the author, click here.

People With Mental Illness Are More Often Crime Victims

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Comparing national criminal-justice figures with those for an urban sample of mentally ill persons shows that they are more likely to be victims of violent crime than is the general population. More than one-fourth of persons with severe mental illness are victims of violent crime in the course of a year, a rate 11 times higher than that of the general population, according to a study by researchers at Northwestern University. When most people associate crime and mental illness, they usually think of people with mental illness as perpetrators, not victims. Yet previous research shows that only discharged psychiatric patients who also abuse substances commit violent acts at rates greater than their neighbors. To read more, click here.

1 in 4 Children in U.S. Are Raised by a Single Parent

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One in four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent—a percentage that has been on the rise and is higher than other developed countries. Experts point to a variety of factors to explain the high U.S. figure, including a cultural shift toward greater acceptance of single-parent child rearing. The U.S. also lacks policies to help support families, including childcare at work and national paid maternity leave, which are commonplace in other countries. To read more, click here.

New Research: Social Security Helps Older Women, Especially Black Women and Latinas, Stay Out of Poverty

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According two new fact sheets from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Social Security can be a lifeline out of poverty for older black women and Latinas. While the program is crucial to many older Americans, it is especially important to black women and Latinas because they tend to have fewer alternative sources of income, experience higher poverty rates, and earn less on average throughout their working years.  To read the fact sheets, click here.

Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing

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A recent study published in the journal, Perspectives on Psychological Science, the researchers found that whites view anti-white bias as more prevalent than anti-black bias. This is a recent phenomenon. In the 1950’s whites and blacks had perceptions of racial bias that were similar.

According to the study, “Whites believe that…the pendulum has now swung beyond equality in the direction of anti-White discrimination.”

To read the article in full, click here.

200 Years That Changed the World

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From Gapminder, a video that shows how life expectancy and income per person have changed for countries across the globe over the last 200 years. Your can experiment with the data and isolate particular countries by following this link to Gapminder World.

The United States of Inequality

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Timothy Noah’s series on why the wealth gap has grown so dramatically points out that the usual suspects: race and gender are responsible for non of the wealth gap haunting the U.S.  But what factors are responsible, and why should you care?  The article from Slate Magazine gives intriguing answers. Click here to read more.

Latino/as In the U.S.— Faster Growth Than Expected

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Final U.S. Census data could show that Latino/as are seventeen percent of the population. As a result, Latino/as face both new opportunities for influence and some contempt. Click here to read the CNN article.

The Miniature Earth

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If the Earth had only 100 people, this is what it would be like. The haunting video is an important reminder about world poverty and interconnection. To read more about the Miniature Earth Project, click here.

The Twelve States of America

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Do you live in a Monied Burb, Tractor Country, Service Worker Center, or an Evangelical Epicenter? These kinds of counties and nine others are shown in an interactive map in The Atlantic. The magazine analyzed demographic, economic, cultural, and political data to break the nation’s 3,141 counties into 12 statistically distinct “types of places.” When looking at family income over the past 30 years through that prism, the full picture of the income divide makes for interesting analysis. Click here to see the map and read more.

Equals?: James Bond Supports International Women’s Day

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Read more about the effort for equality for women at weareequals.og.

If America Were a Game of Monopoly

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monopolyAs the author states, “If America were a game of Monopoly the rules would be a bit different.” See the “racial rules” for Monopoly in this thought-provoking piece by clicking here.

Counting Multiracial America Grows Ever More Complex

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collageWhen it comes to keeping racial statistics, the nation is in transition, moving—often without uniformity—from the old “mark one box” limit to allowing people to check as many boxes as their backgrounds demand. To read the New York Times article, click here.

The Haves and the Have-Nots

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This article discusses income disparity across the world and contains a chart that graphically illustrates the disparity. To read more click here.

Mapping and Analysis of New Data Documents Still-Segregated America

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New Interactive Maps reveal high levels of segregation. Remapping debate has left out fundamental aspects of current residential reality. To read more click here.

Young Americans Increasingly Diverse

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Demographers examining recent census data say young Americans are far less white than older generations. That shift creates a culture gap with far-reaching political and social consequences. To read the New York Times article, click here.

Who Is Marrying Whom

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This article presents the trends in interracial marriages among racial groups and Latinos. To read the New York Times article click here.

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