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‘Negro’ Stays On

This is pretty messed up:

(New York Times)…when Americans receive their census forms this year, the category for race will include Negro as one of the options. So why, in 2010, is Negro still on the census?

“The intent was not to offend,” said Robert Groves, the director of the United States Census Bureau. “The intent was to make sure that everybody could find themselves with the words there and check the box that fits.”

In an interview, Mr. Groves explained that a research study found many older African-Americans who still referred to themselves as Negroes. In the 2000 census, he said, about 50,000 additional people wrote in the word Negro in a line that asked people how they wished to be identified. Half of those, he said, were 45 years old or younger.

“This was a surprise,” Mr. Groves said. “No one expected this.”

Bunker Hill Race Distribution

Okay, so this survey does have some degree of error. Like…people might be multi-racial or maybe I was flat-out wrong in my observation. Anyway, here are the results for a twenty minute observational session of students at Bunker Hill Community College who walked passed me on the lower level.

BHCC Statement: Students of color comprise over 50% of student population.

My Observations
Total: 89 students
Black: 24 students (27%)
White: 36 students (40%)
Asian/Indian: 23 students (26%)
Hispanic: 6 students (7%)

My Conclusion: Students of color comprise 60% of student population.

Criticism Of Obama Based On Race?

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote on Sunday, September 13 that Wednesday’s (September 9) outburst by South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson during President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress was racially motivated. As we told you earlier, Wilson shouted, “you lie,” when the president said his health care plan would not cover illegal immigrants.

Dowd writes: “What I heard was an unspoken word in the air — you lie, boy!… Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.”

Liberal columnists are not alone in suggesting that any opposition to the president is race-driven. Texas Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson tells the Politico: “As far as African-Americans are concerned, we think most of it is.”

And California Democratic Congressman Mike Honda adds: “There’s a very angry, small group of folks that just didn’t like the fact that Barack Obama won the presidency. With some, I think it is (about race.)”

But White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says to CNN: “I don’t think the president believes that people are upset because of the color of his skin.”

It’s fair to say that *some* criticism is racially motivated. But there are plenty of other reasons why this is happening. It’s more partisan tension than racial.

The more conservative factions in this country don’t care that we’re the only nation without a universal health care system, because “socialism” is still a dirty word in this nation. The GOP has taken advantage of gullible citizens and convinced them that if Obama‘s plan gets passed, he’ll kill all the grandparents.  And even before that the Republicans convinced America that Obama has turned this country into a socialist country…even though it was Bush who gave the O.K. to bail out Wall Street a year ago.  In these respects and more, it’s fair to say that criticism of our president is more based on his politics than on the color of his skin.

Maine The Whitest State?

Many tourists who pass through Maine have many a positive thing to say about the state: it’s quiet, relaxed, isolated, wooded and just very rural. One other thing that may strike most visitors, especially those from the suburbs and the city, is the fact there isn’t much diversity there. True, there’s the occasional Native American reservation, but that’s about it. Even in the bigger cities and smaller suburbs, there lies an overwhelming amount of Caucasian natives. In my lifetime, I have only seen very few blacks, Hispanics, Asians and ecetera from the state of Maine.

Though this is probably irrelevant, I sometimes can’t help but to wonder why?  Why are there so few ethnicities that live there? I asked my mother, and she once told me it was due in part to the extremely cold weather. If that was so, then why are there many different ethnicities–especially African Americans and/or black people living in Michigan? Another time I had asked her, she responded that it could also have something to do with the jacked up education. If that were the case, wouldn’t most Southern schools–states even–have white students? I don’t know why I find this to be fascinating, but I do.

Surprisingly, many Somalian refugees have fled to the Mainer cities of Lewiston, Auburn and Portland, increasing the number of blacks/African Americans in the state to a grand total of only about 1,300. This, coming from Eastern Massachusetts where there is a large number of different ethnicites, strikes me as odd, and also a bit sad. Due to this factor, Maine has been hailed as the whitest state in the United States.

The whole question of whether or not most Mainers are brought up and taught to be racist is quite questionable. On one hand, there was a crazy old man who had made local papers by announcing–and threatening–that he would shoot any black people that came to the churches meetings and that he had a .75 caliber at his home; and the many rumors of a once KKK influence in the state itself. One the other hand,  Assata Sherill, a black female resident of Maine—once a victim and survivor of racial prejudice due to having rocks thrown at her at her by whites in the area—thinks of Maine as being ” ‘insular’ ” versus being ” ‘racist’.” The question itself still remains: Why is Maine so diversity-challenged as a state? Sadly, like many unsolved mysteries, it may never be answered…

To read more about the story of the crazy older man and more about the NAACP in Northern Maine, click on this link:


Cambridge Gets Publicity!

Christian Science Monitor Reporting…

Atlanta –
The arrest of an African-American professor at his home near Harvard University gives a rare view into racial tensions in a seemingly unlikely place: America’s ivory tower and its liberal environs.

At least in the popular mind, flare-ups between police and minorities tend to occur in the ‘hoods and barrios of poverty-ridden American cities. But the liberal bastion of Cambridge, Mass. (per capita income: $31,156; black population: 12 percent), the home of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has its own complex encounters with racial attitudes. Continue reading Cambridge Gets Publicity!