Every Friday we’re putting together some of the top stories from around the web and sharing the links here so you won’t miss a thing. Here’s some of the top news from the past week.
News for August 19, 2011
- Obama’s administration announced yesterday that deportations of undocumented immigrants will now be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Many without criminal records will have the opportunity to stay in the U.S. and apply for work permits. Read more at CNN. This is great news for Dreamers and Dream Act advocates, bringing contributing individuals one step closer to citizenship!
- Shocking news revealed on CNN shows graphic and horrific footage of white teens beating and then running over a 49-year-old black factory worker from Jackson, Mississippi. The most surprising fact is that this crime occurred in June this year, but has only recently surfaced in national news. Sadly, many are avoiding labeling this murder as a ‘hate crime’, despite the fact that hate speech played a large role. Get updates and show your support on the Justice for James Craig Anderson Facebook page.
- In a hugely offensive “tribute” to Latina actresses who have played “the help” in films, Latina Magazine has “showcased” several Latinas for their roles as maids, claiming that “Latinas have a long history of playing ‘the help’ in movies and on television”. Racialicious, Latina Fatale and Latinegro offer up some criticism on the feature. Listen to Soledad’s interviews with Latinos about the challenges of getting beyond stereotypes in the film industry.
- The wildly acclaimed film, “The Help” opened in theaters this week to mostly joyful reviews, but has received some strong criticism from black scholars and popular websites that speak out against sexism and racism. The Association of Black Women Historians, Martha Southgate and Fidelia’s Sisters are just a few of those speaking up about the negative realities of “The Help”.
- In case you missed it last week, Is That Your Child‘s Michelle McCrary hosted a roundtable discussion on mixed-race identity with guests Fanshen Cox, Dr. Ulli Ryder and Dr. Marcia Dawkins. The discussion posed some interesting conversation about mixed identity in the media and President Obama’s personal choice to identify as ‘black’ rather than ‘mixed’.
- Multicultural Familia hosted a ‘giving back’ addition of our biweekly Tweetchat series. We’re supporting OneBrownGirl’s Passport Party Project, MarocMama’s Mobiles for Morocco and the World Food Programme’s relief to families stricken by severe drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Please support these charities by sending donations, sharing to your social networks and providing words of encouragement. Thank you!
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