As we celebrate, thank and remember all the men and women who served in the armed forces today, it is important for us to recognize the increase of racial diversity of those who protect and fight for our country. Latinos make up about 6 percent of U.S. military veterans, according to a September 2014 report by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. Although this number may seem low, it is rapidly changing and the population of Hispanic veterans is expected to double in the next ten years, according to Barbara Ward, Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Minority Veterans. Click here to read more.
Tuesday was a big day for Republicans as they swept the mid-term elections to take control of both the House and the Senate. While this may not be much of a surprise considering most nationwide polls forecasted the lopsided victory, the true story of the night revolved around the numerous victories for minimum wage increases that occurred in the same local elections where anti-minimum wage Republicans also won.
If you haven’t seen this video of a young New York woman receiving frequent verbal harassment from ‘a lot of male individuals of color who like really want to mingle’ and that ‘very creepy white guy’ throughout a 10hr To Catch and Expose the Horny-ass-Men Responsible for the Patriarchy-style pleasure stroll through the immaculate concrete gardens of Manhattan/fundraising video campaign for ‘Hollaback’, an organization dedicated to the eradication of street harassment towards women, you can totally watch it if you want b/c it’s on Mr. YouTube (18million+ views and counting).
Three county government workers are reprimanded over one of them making a noose and joking about it in jest with a co-worker. This is clearly no laughing matter, but many of us joke around, and often times, at the expense of others’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, etc. How do you deal with the insensitivity of others? Click here to read more about this incident and see video of local news coverage.
“Last week BuzzFeed reported that backers of Rep. Steve Southerland had thrown the Florida Republican a men-only fundraiser earlier this year. The invitation came complete with instructions that attendees should “tell the missus not to wait up” because “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth and the issues to discuss are many.” This comes from a recent fivethirtyeight article by David Wasserman, who paints the sad reality that the Republicans will likely keep the House in the upcoming elections while the share of women and minorities in the GOP House goes down from 14 percent to 11 percent.
Leave it to Saturday Night Live to put a spin on racial diversity with a skit called “Whites.” Click here to view skit.
“In 2013, Joel Stein deemed Millennials the “ME Generation.” The TIME contributor called Generation-Y selfish, egotistical and lazy. He also noted, however, that we may just be the generation that will save us all.”
The NFL’s reaction to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching out his wife in an elevator has been met with growing outrage by many people. Mainly because of its severity or lack thereof.
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New York data-scientist Matt Daniels has released version 2 of his study, “The Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop” !