Archive | May, 2012

Latin History. African American History. & Now White History Being Studied in Schools..

29 May

Among university departments that study African-American history, Latin American or Chicano cultures and all varieties of ethnicities and nationalities, there’s a relatively obscure field of academic inquiry: whiteness studies.

Today, there are dozens of colleges and universities, including American University in Washington, D.C., and University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Wisconsin  that have a smattering of courses on the interdisciplinary subject of whiteness studies.

According to a CNN In America blog, The field argues that white privilege still exists, thanks largely to structural and institutional racism, and that the playing field isn’t level, and whites benefit from it. Using examples such as how white Americans tend not to be pulled over by the police as often as blacks and Latinos, or how lenders targeted blacks and Latinos for more expensive, subprime loans during the recent U.S. housing crisis, educators teach how people of different races and ethnicities often live very different lives.

But today, academics who teach the classes say they face a fresh hurdle, one that has its roots on the left instead of the right: the election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president.

“Having Obama is, in a curious way, putting us behind,” says Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke and visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

In my opinion it’s only fair, why not teach about all races and backgrounds and tell how to live and vary among st each other? But, as obvious, some will be opposed to this.  Will this cause more racial tension or educate to bring understanding?


What You Should Know About the Paycheck Fairness Act

29 May

Senate Democrats,  began a renewed push this week to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that protects women who sue over being paid less than their male counterparts.

1. The Paycheck Fairness Act is not new: Democrats, however, have struggled to get it passed. Last time it came up for a vote, the House passed it with very little bipartisan support. Then Senate Republicans unanimously voted against he bill. Even if they had passed it, though, then-President George W. Bush vowed to veto it.

2. Pay equity is a real problem: Nearly half of all workers in the United States are women. But women tend to hold lower-paying jobs overall, and even when they have the exact same title as men, they make significantly less. Overall, women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar.  The Paycheck Fairness Act would help close the gap more quickly by providing incentives for employers not to discriminate.

3. Lost earnings have serious consequences: The amount of money an average woman loses to the pay gap could feed a family of 4. Still, more women are becoming the primary breadwinners or dual-earners in their family, with nearly 40% of women out-earning their husbands and a larger number of women with high degrees entering the job market.

4. Existing law doesn’t go far enough: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensured that a woman has the proper window of time to sue for pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act takes significant steps to close loopholes in the original pay discrimination law, the Equal Pay Act, and to ensure that women can investigate whether they are being discriminated against.

5. Mitt Romney has not taken a position on the bill: After a very awkward moment over the Lilly Ledbetter Act, a spokesperson for his campaign said that Romney “support pay equality and is not looking to change current law.” But it’s unclear whether this means Romney would support a new piece of legislation that protects women who don’t have full pay equity.

Woman Accuse a Man of Rape, He Serves Time, Then She Facebook’ed Him Saying “Let By Gones Be By Gones”

25 May

“There are no words in any language, no gesture in any culture that can explain or describe what I have been through,” said Brian Banks. “I hope my story brings light to a major flaw in the judicial system.”

Freed: A one-time promising football star, Brian Banks, weeps after his rape conviction was dismissed in court. He was just 16 when a childhood friend accused him of kidnapping and raping her at school

According to the Associated Press, A high school football star who was once one of the most highly sought after athletes in the nation has had a rape charge against him dropped after the woman confessed on Facebook that the rape never happened.  Brian Banks, who is now 26-years old, spent six years in prison and broke down crying when the prosecutor moved to have the case dismissed.

Banks was once a football star with dreams of playing in the NFL.  He was only 16 when a woman accused him of kidnapping and raping her at school.   The woman, Wanetta Gibson, added him as a friend on Facebook and in a message said she wanted to “let bygones be bygones.”

Here’s the culprit.

Wanetta GibsonWanetta Gibson

Banks’ attorney, Justin Brooks, said that Gibson and Banks met and she was caught on video admitting that no rape every took place, and that she would help him to clear his record.  She was then brought before prosecutors and is now obligated to repay the $1.5 million that her mother was paid by the school for what allegedly happened.

I will go through with helping you but it’s like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back,” she told Banks.

Banks went to jail in 2002 for the crime, when he was just 16 years old.  At the time, he was being heavily recruited by USC and other colleges.     He was on his way to fill out college applications when he met up with Gibson and went to a stairwell to make out. He apparently said something she didn’t like, which led to the allegations of kidnapping and rape.

Investigators found no physical evidence of rape.   Due to the pressure from his attorney and prosecutors, Banks pleaded no contest to the kidnap and rape charge, after being told that he would get 41 years in prison if he fought the charge and was convicted.

New start: Banks, with his attorneys Justin Brooks and Alissa Bjerkhoel, after the charges are dismissed. It comes after the accuser contacted him to say the rape did not happen

Banks thought he would get just 18 months based on his attorney’s advice, and instead ended up in prison for six years.   While in prison, his case was taken on by the California Innocence Project.  After released Brian was unable to find work because he was forced to register as a sex offender, all for a crime he did not commit, with no evidence to prosecute him with. Shame.

She is a sick woman, who should have charges filed against her and should face jail time, and the state should give him a bountiful pay back, it won’t get back the years of his life that he lost, no the career that was taken away from him, but, he deserves at least pay. It’s a very tragic story.

Fortune 500 List Boasts More Female CEOs Than Ever Before

21 May

This year’s Fortune 500 has made history with the female 18.

The 2012 ranking of the 500 largest corporations in the United States includes a record 18 firms helmed by female CEOs, up from 12 companies in 2011.

“The good news is that while we have 18 today, there’s a pipeline of women coming into leadership positions that’s very, very deep and very, very wide,” Stephanie Mehta said.  (Fortune has a list of the 18 women here, which includes their career advice and reflections on the glass ceiling).

Ursula M. Burns

Xerox CEO Ursula Burns made history in 2009. Succeeding Anne Mulcahy, Burns was the first African-American female CEO — and the first recipient of a woman-to-woman handoff — in the Fortune 500. She stays grounded by staying true to herself. “When it became clear that I would become the CEO of Xerox, Anne Mulcahy said to me, ‘It’s going to be hard for you anyway, but don’t try and be me. You can’t try to be me,'” Burns told Patti Sellers last May. “And that’s one of the things I learned. You can probably be somebody else and follow all your life, but you cannot be somebody else and lead.”

This is truly motivation for young females trying to climb the corporate ladder. I didn’t even know who Ursula Burns was until today. She along with the 18 other women who face adversity are truly paving the way for the future CEO’s and “way makers”, like moi’. ♥

Breastfeeding Becoming Taboo?

17 May

According to Huffington Post, Time magazine’s cover story about attachment parenting has garnered a great deal of attention. Clearly, the shock value of showing an attractive young mother breast-feeding a child nearly four was enough to excite worldwide conversation. No doubt this was their intention, and in that sense, it worked. The story within the cover was about a controversial theory put forward by Dr. William Sears about attachment parenting. In a nutshell, attachment parenting argues that modern Western parents have forgotten how to parent naturally. His theory includes the hypothesis that nature dictates that parents can never be too close to our children: people ought to carry them in a sling attached to their body as much as possible.

Whole the picture is disturbing, I support breast feeding, I was taught, and also researched that it is very beneficial to the child. Whatever is best for the growth and advancement of the child, should be done. But, to each It’s own.. But the woman who posed for that issue is very brave woman. One of the most controversial issues of Time in this decade.

Welfare, Planned Parenthood, and Taxes Discussed at a convention in Jacksonville, Fl Today.

17 May

There was a Republican convention today in Jacksonville, Florida. Mitt Romney was there, of course to gain the votes of Jacksonville’s citizens.

It’s imperative to educate ourselves on the different aspects of all political parties and their views. Don’t just affiliate yourself with one because your parents did, or because of race, identify for self. With that said, the convention was, well, I’ll just saw, interesting. I don’t identify Romney as a good speaker, he tumbles over his words a lot, but, I think he may have good intentions.
I do not agree with the Republican party’s plan to cut the funding of ‘Planned Parenthood’. The organization helps a lot of women & men make lifestyle choices that they may not be able to afford on their own, but, I do agree with the Republican’s decision to amend WIC and some subsidies like it.  WIC should not administered for 5 years. If you can’t afford milk & eggs for 5 years then that’s a personal issue, it should not be a burden to tax payers, not for such a long time.

Also the Food Assistance program, there’s no reason that people should recieve food assistance for years. It should be a track, for you to get an education and then be reduced. It seems like the welfare system is not made to help people prosper, but It allows people to become complacent in their positions, and that’s the fault of the government.   The convention was about a lot more a lot more issues were brought to a head, those points stood out to me.
A photo from the rally:

How Obama’s Stance on Gay Marriage Will Affect Him.

15 May

Was being open about his support of gay marriage so close to election the smart thing for President Obama to do? Is being pinned by Time Magazine as “First Gay President election savvy?

President Barack Obama on Monday defended his view that gay couples should have the right to marry, saying that the country has never gone wrong when it “expanded rights and responsibilities to everybody.”

“That doesn’t weaken families. That strengthens families,” he told gay and lesbian supporters and others at a fundraiser. 

Democrats hope Obama’s politically risky embrace of gay marriage will re-energize supporters who had been frustrated by his previous assertions that his views on the hot-button social issue were “evolving.”

Women, young people and gay voters all made up crucial voting blocs for Obama in the 2008 election. With the president locked in a close race with Republican rival Mitt Romney, his campaign is focused on rallying support among those groups once again.

There are wide partisan and age differences in reactions to Obama’s expression of support for gay marriage, according to the latest weekly survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

About half of Republicans (53%) say they feel less favorably toward Obama because of his support for gay marriage. By contrast, 60% of independents and 52% of Democrats say their view of Obama has not changed. Among independents, as many say they feel less favorably as more favorably toward Obama as a result of his gay marriage decision (19% each). Far more Democrats say they feel more favorably than less favorably toward Obama (32% vs. 13%).

The biggest voting population is older christian white people,  Obama may have flurried the feathers of some people with his open support and some might have jumped on his band wagon, we’ll see in November.