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French schoolbooks riddled with racist stereotypes

A study of more than 3,000 illustrations found in 29 of France’s most commonly used school books revealed that black people were frequently portrayed as jazz musicians, good sprinters or poor, while children with foreign backgrounds were shown to be inferior academically than their white French peers.

The report by Halde, the state anti-discrimination body, cites an example of a picture of a girl with a “nice French name” getting top marks while her foreign-sounding classmate, Samira, failed the exercise.

In geography and social history textbooks, Africans are consistently shown as “poor and sick” – with the exception of one photograph of a “smiling Maasai herdsman surrounded by his flock while talking on a mobile phone”.

The French education system wants to make it clear that discrimination is an offence. It conceded that improvement had been made in recent years but there was a lack of “counter-examples” – positive images to counter negative ones.

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US Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones dies after an aneurysm

Hello Negros sends its prayers out to the family of Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

 

In this April 10, 2006 file photo, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, testifies before the public hearings regarding the Deposit Insurance Application of Wal-Mart Bank at Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Arlington, Va. Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, was hospitalized Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, after suffering an aneurysm, her spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(CNN) — Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives, died Wednesday after suffering an aneurysm, medical officials said.

Tubbs Jones, who was in her fifth term representing parts of Cleveland and its suburbs, was 58.

She suffered the aneurysm Tuesday evening while driving in her home district in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a statement from her office said.

She was rushed to East Cleveland’s Huron Hospital, where a team of doctors determined Wednesday morning that she had “very limited brain function,” said Dr. Gus Kious, the hospital’s chief of staff.

Wednesday afternoon, before Tubbs Jonesdied, Kious said that the aneurysm “an inaccessible part of her brain” and that she was in critical condition.

The congresswoman had a full day of activity Tuesday, according to the statement from her office, “including planning for an upcoming forum on electoral reform, scheduled for September 4, 2008, at Cleveland State University.”

Tubbs Jones, elected to Congress in 1998, would have turned 59 on September 10.

She was an early supporter of Clinton’s White House bid but endorsed Barack Obama in June after the New York senator bowed out of the race.

Tubbs Jones was a Democratic superdelegate and one of Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters. She was scheduled to attend the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver, Colorado.

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Whites no longer a majority by 2042

Associated Press – White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new government projections. That’s eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.

The nation has been growing more diverse for decades, but the process has sped up through immigration and higher birth rates among minority residents, especially Hispanics.

It is also growing older.

“The white population is older and very much centered around the aging baby boomers who are well past their high fertility years,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. “The future of America is epitomized by the young people today. They are basically the melting pot we are going to see in the future.”

The Census Bureau Thursday released population projections through 2050, based on rates for births, deaths and immigration. They are subject to big revisions, depending on immigration policy, cultural changes and natural or manmade disasters.  The U.S. has nearly 305 million people today. The population is projected to hit 400 million in 2039 and 439 million in 2050.

White non-Hispanics make up about two-thirds of the population, but only 55 percent of those younger than 5.

By 2050, whites will make up 46 percent of the population and blacks will make up 15 percent, a relatively small increase from today. Hispanics, who make up about 15 percent of the population today, will account for 30 percent in 2050, according to the new projections.

Asians, which make up about 5 percent of the population, are projected to increase to 9 percent by 2050.

The population 85 and older is projected to more than triple by 2050, to 19 million.

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Aids in Black America: Fed Gov is not doing enough

Washington Post Full Article – In a 55-page report, the Black AIDS Institute argued that the disease should be viewed as a threat to the entire black population, and not just specific high-risk groups. Unlike in white Americans — and in the citizens of most industrialized nations — HIV in American blacks is increasingly transmitted heterosexually through “networks” where men especially have many sex partners at the same time, the report noted.

The report’s authors asserted that the black AIDS epidemic here is being overlooked as the United States is allocating unprecedented resources to fighting the disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

African Americans with HIV — at least 500,000 — are more numerous than in seven of the 15 “target countries” in the Bush administration’s global AIDS initiative, which has spent about $19 billion overseas in the past five years.  Bush is scheduled to sign a bill today that will extend the program and authorize the spending of $48 billion for the next five years. The target countries consist of 12 in Africa and three others: Guyana, Haiti and Vietnam.

The report noted that with 39 million people, “black America” would be the 35th most populous country, and the 28th richest, if it were a separate nation. Two percent of adult black Americans are infected, the government estimates, and only four countries outside Africa have a higher HIV prevalence. It would rank 16th in the world in the number of people living with HIV.

“The U.S. response to the epidemic in black America stands in sharp contrast to our response to the epidemic overseas,” said Phill Wilson, a longtime AIDS activist who is executive director of the Black AIDS Institute.

He added that his purpose in making the comparisons is not to criticize the global program but to urge that more money and attention be directed to the domestic one.

But Kevin A. Fenton, the head of HIV/AIDS prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the argument that government prevention efforts are not tailored to the black epidemic is mistaken. “CDC prevention efforts have really tried to follow the epidemic,” he said. Continue reading

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Friday Question: Recession or Depression?

Today’s question:  Are we (ie the U.S of A) in a Recession or a Depression? From good ole Wikipedia…

“A recession may involve simultaneous declines in coincident measures of overall economic activity such as employment, investment, and corporate profits. Recessions may be associated with falling prices (deflation), or, alternatively, sharply rising prices (inflation) in a process known as stagflation. A severe or long recession is referred to as an economic depression. Although the distinction between a recession and a depression is not clearly defined, it is often said that a decline in GDP of more than 10% constitutes a depression.[1] A devastating breakdown of an economy (essentially, a severe depression, or hyperinflation, depending on the circumstances) is called economic collapse.”

“In economics, a depression is a term commonly used for a sustained downturn in the economy. It is more severe than a recession (which is seen as a normal downturn in the business cycle). Considered a rare but extreme form of recession, the start of a depression is characterized by unusual increases in unemployment, restriction of credit, shrinking output and investment, price deflation or hyperinflation, numerous bankruptcies, reduced amounts of trade and commerce, as well as violent currency devaluations. Unlike a recession, there is no official definition for a depression, even though some have been proposed. Generally it is marked by a substantial and sustained shortfall of the ability to purchase goods relative to the amount that could be produced given current resources and technology (potential output). One could say that while a recession refers to the economy “falling down,” a depression is a matter of “not being able to get up.””

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“Black” is in fashion at Vogue in July

Black is really “the new BLACK”…but we already knew that. I guess Vogue magazine knows too.

Allegations of racism and discrimination in the fickle fashion world have surfaced after Franca Sozzani, editor of the global style bible Vogue Italia, confirmed rumours that July’s issue would be back-to-back black.

Using only black models, next month’s issue will run articles tailored for black women interested in the arts and entertainment.

American Vogue is following a similar path, using its July issue to ask why it is that there is a dearth of black models on catwalks and in magazines.

It’s nothing new. Like the fashion styles spruiked in magazines and on catwalks, the race debate is cyclical.

The first time a black model sashayed down the catwalk was in 1964, put there by designer Paco Rabanne. It was scandalous. Rabanne reported afterwards that American fashion journalists went backstage and almost spat in his face. “They said haute couture is reserved for white women and not those girls over there,” he said.

More than four decades later, the flamboyant designer Vivienne Westwood cried whitewash after a magazine editor refused to use a black model on the cover because “sales would halve”. Westwood, fuming, demanded a quota system to force magazines to feature more black and Asian models. If America can consider a black president, could the fashion world be about to finally get black beauty? Unlikely, according to The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn, who argues racism in fashion exists because tokenism persists.

The famed Los Angeles-based photographer Steven Meisel, who shot the images for Vogue Italia’s 170-page July issue, agrees black models are conspicuous by their presence. Best known as the man behind the camera for Madonna’s 1992 book, Sex, Meisel is a long-time critic of the fashion industry’s narrow view of the world, going as far as to label it discriminatory. [full article – theage.com]

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Update: From the agency that created the racist homophobic Hanes ads

Here is an email we received from Philippe Krakowsky of IPG regarding our post on the racist, homophobic, horrible ads that a subsidiary branch of McCann-Erickson in India produced.

Hi Ashe –

I work at IPG, the parent company of McCann-Erickson, and was hoping to have the opportunity to share our thoughts – and concerns – with you and your readers on what happened that led to the offensive fake ads that you ran a post on a few days back.

I thought we’d posted a comment with a link to a fuller apology and explanation, but please let me take a few moments of your time to share this information with you directly.

Fake local print ads were produced by McCann Erickson India – without the knowledge, approval or consent of Hanesbrands Inc., of anyone at IPG, or of McCann’s global management. The ads are wholly inconsistent with the interest of the Hanes brand and were created only for entry into creative competitions. They would never have been approved had our internal procedures been followed and should never have been publicly distributed. We have identified the circumstances that led to this violation of our policies and of our trust, and we are taking immediate corrective action.

We have apologized to Hanesbrands for developing this objectionable work. We want to extend our apologies to those who these fake ads have offended, as well as to Hanesbrands’ customers and business partners. That is why I would appreciate it very much if you’d be willing to share this information – and the link to our full statement – with your readers.

Thank you,
Philippe Krakowsky

Ummm…fake ads? If they were created by someone at the company for a competition…that’s not fake. Some “rogue employees” created them on purpose for submission to a competition of some sort. These ads ran…that’s not fake.

From the statement…”The ads in question were developed and run locally, without the knowledge of anyone at IPG, or of McCann’s global [or country] management. The ads appeared once in a small publication in Mumbai in late 2007 so as to qualify for consideration in award competitions and were recently posted by local Indian employees at McCann onto two web sites that display international advertising campaigns.”

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