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Westchester’s Desegregation Battle – NYTimes.com

Westchester’s Desegregation Battle – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

Westchester’s Desegregation Battle

The struggle for racial integration is neither bygone nor exclusively Southern. In Westchester, north of New York City, county leaders are stonewalling federal authorities over a longstanding housing desegregation case. Led by County Executive Rob Astorino, they are defending an ultrawhite status quo against the federal government’s effort to upend decades of housing discrimination.

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The Hispanicisation of America: The law of large numbers | The Economist

The Hispanicisation of America: The law of large numbers | The Economist.

The Hispanicisation of America

The law of large numbers

The role of Latinos in American society is growing inexorably, with big political implications for the future

SWEEPING his hand in all directions, from the Mormon Temple to Utah’s State Capitol and the Great Salt Lake, Tony Yapias, the director of the Proyecto Latino de Utah and a leading Hispanic activist in the state, cannot suppress a smirk. “This was Mexico,” he says. In 1847, when the Mormon pioneers arrived, “no one asked Brigham Young for his papers.”

But today, Mr Yapias says ruefully, it is the Mexicans and Chicanos (American citizens of Mexican ancestry), as well as other Latinos such as himself (born in Peru), who tend to be asked for papers. And the Americans doing the asking are likely to be “Anglos”, as non-Hispanic whites are often called. This, certainly, is the tenor of SB1070, an Arizona law passed this year (but partially blocked by a federal judge) that aims to get tough on illegal immigrants, and of similar legislation likely to pass in states such as Utah.

Mr Yapias captures the complicated role of Latinos in America. They, their culture and their language were a big part of America’s past. They were then marginalised for a century and a half, when Anglos dominated American society and culture. And they are now bound to play a big role in America’s future. In 2009 there were 48.4m Hispanics in America, almost 16% of the population. By 2050, estimates the Pew Research Centre, Hispanics will be 29% of the population and whites will be a minority at 47%. In cities and in schools, whites will become a minority a lot sooner.

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The Case Against Sheriff Arpaio – NYTimes.com

The Case Against Sheriff Arpaio – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

The Case Against Sheriff Arpaio

After a three-year investigation, the Justice Department has accused Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., and longtime darling of the anti-immigrant crowd, of “unconstitutional policing” and creating a “pervasive culture of bias” against Latinos.

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Sheriff’s Arpaio’s Office Targeted Latinos, U.S. Says – NYTimes.com

Sheriff’s Arpaio’s Office Targeted Latinos, U.S. Says – NYTimes.com.

U.S. Finds Pervasive Bias Against Latinos by Arizona Sheriff

PHOENIX — In a strongly worded critique of the country’s best-known sheriff, the Justice Department on Thursday accused Sheriff Joe Arpaio of engaging in “unconstitutional policing” by unfairly targeting Latinos for detention and arrest and retaliating against those who complain.

After an investigation that lasted more than three years, the civil rights division of the Justice Department said in a 22-page report that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which Mr. Arpaio leads, had “a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos” that “reaches the highest levels of the agency.” The department interfered with the inquiry, the government said, prompting a lawsuit that eventually led Sheriff Arpaio and his deputies to cooperate.

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All American Muslim vs. Lowes: bigotry accusations after company pulls ads

All American Muslim vs. Lowes: bigotry accusations after company pulls ads.

Second Advertiser Yanks Muslim Ads, Says Show “Sucked”

Kayak.com looks to differentiate its decision from that of Lowes, which bowed to conservative complaints about the TLC show.

Kayak.com will follow Lowes’s lead and stop advertising on TLC’s All-American Muslim show, but the discount travel website says that its decision had nothing to do with the outcry from a small group of conservatives who have deemed the reality program nothing short of Islamic propaganda.

“Mostly, I just thought the show sucked,” Robert Birge, Kayak’s chief marketing officer, wrote on his company’s corporate blog explaining the decision not to re-up when the show returns next month. “Based on our dealings with TLC and the simple assessment of the show, I decided we should put our money elsewhere.”

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Texas Two-Step – NYTimes.com

Texas Two-Step – NYTimes.com.

December 14, 2011, 11:50 pm

Texas Two-Step

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How conservatives learned to stop fighting the 14th Amendment, and what it could mean for gay marriage – Slate Magazine

How conservatives learned to stop fighting the 14th Amendment, and what it could mean for gay marriage – Slate Magazine.

The Meaning of Equal

Conservative originalists are rethinking their narrow reading of the 14th Amendment.

Posted Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at 1:47 PM ET

Justice Antonin Scalia created a firestorm last winter when he opined that the 14th Amendment does not protect women against discrimination on the basis of sex. The truth is that this view has been, until recently at least, a bedrock conviction of conservative originalists. In that sense then, the bigger news came at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in October when, confronted on his remarks by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Scalia backpedaled and suggested that the Equal Protection Clause did indeed protect women from state-sponsored discrimination on the basis of sex. For a Justice famous for his blunt and unchanging conservative views, Scalia’s fancy footwork was fascinating, and telling.

In fact, Scalia’s backpedaling is part of a significant reassessment of the meaning of the Equal Protection Clause that is transforming the debate over the Constitution. This debate, which is happening in conservative legal and academic circles, could have a dramatic impact on the outcome of critical cases—including Perry v. Brown, the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 and the denial of marriage equality to gay men and lesbians. After a long detour to the California Supreme Court on the question of whether the case can even go forward, Perry is heating up, with the Ninth Circuit hearing oral argument last week on two separate issues, and a decision expected on the merits in the months to come.

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Opinion: The Gingrich who stole Christmas – The Washington Post

Opinion: The Gingrich who stole Christmas – The Washington Post.

Opinion: The Gingrich who stole Christmas

By Mary C. Curtis, Published: December 5 | Updated: Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 AM

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Gingrich’s image of poor homes would be laughable if it weren’t so widely and perniciously accepted among those who have never set foot in one. The stereotype that wealth is a reward for good behavior and poverty is more character flaw than economic circumstance is ubiquitous. You can see why wealthy types who sent manufacturing jobs overseas and manipulated financial systems for their benefit would find Gingrich’s words appealing; they eliminate any cause and effect between their actions and a growing poverty rate.

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Why School Choice Fails – NYTimes.com

Why School Choice Fails – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributor

Why School Choice Fails

Washington

IF you want to see the direction that education reform is taking the country, pay a visit to my leafy, majority-black neighborhood in Washington. While we have lived in the same house since our 11-year-old son was born, he’s been assigned to three different elementary schools as one after the other has been shuttered. Now it’s time for middle school, and there’s been no neighborhood option available.

Meanwhile, across Rock Creek Park in a wealthy, majority-white community, there is a sparkling new neighborhood middle school, with rugby, fencing, an international baccalaureate curriculum and all the other amenities that make people pay top dollar to live there.

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Voting Rights and Texas – NYTimes.com

Voting Rights and Texas – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

Voting Rights and Texas

Texas grew so much over the last decade that it qualified for four new House seats. Almost all of that growth — more than four million people — came from new Hispanic residents, but when the Republicans who control the State Legislature drew the new districts last summer, they reduced the number of districts where minorities could elect the candidate of their choice to 10 from 11.

Hispanics tend to vote Democratic, and under the Texas redistricting plan, the number of safe Republican seats would have risen to 26 from 21. This egregious violation of the Voting Rights Act prompted Hispanic groups to sue, and last month a federal court panel threw out the Legislature’s plan, which was also backed by Gov. Rick Perry. The court has drawn up a plan with three new districts in which minorities would be the majority, potentially giving the Democrats a gain of as many as four seats. Republicans immediately cried foul, demanding an end to judicial meddling.

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