Daily Archive: July 29, 2013

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Opinion

Poll says White people would like to drop race conversation

The sky is blue, water is wet, and most White people would rather not engage in conversations about race that would address reality and subsequently make them uncomfortable. I’m not alerting you to anything close to a new concept here, but the latest Pew Poll about reactions to the George Zimmerman case is nonetheless still intriguing: The majority of Whites found that the verdict was just, though 52% of Whites say race is getting more attention in this case than it deserves.[1] Of course they do. More from the report: African Americans express a clear and strong reaction to the case and its meaning: By an 86% to 5% margin, Blacks are dissatisfied with Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin. And nearly eight-in-ten blacks(78%) say the case raises important issues about race that need to be discussed. Among whites, more are satisfied (49%) than dissatisfied (30%) with the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. Just 28% of whites say the case raises important issues about race, while …

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International

Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s First Black Minister, Gets Bananas Thrown at Her During Rally

Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kashetu Kyenge listens to a question during a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, June 19. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) Italy’s first Black minister was forced to endure an ugly act of racism over the weekend when someone in the crowd threw bananas at her during a rally. Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s minister of integration, was speaking to supporters in the town of Cervia when the bananas came hurling from the crowd, falling short of the stage. Police have yet to find the person who threw them. The insensitive incident is far from new for the Congolese minister, who has been seeing a backlash from right-wing Italian radicals since her appointment as minister three months ago[1]. Kyenge, however, like many instances in the past, shrugged off the incident. On Twitter, the minister of integration referred to it as a sad waste of food when so many people are dying of hunger. Prior to arriving to the rally, an unruly group smeared blood-red paint and anti-immigration messages onto mannequins that read, “Immigration Kills.” Just two weeks ago Italian Senator Roberto Calderoli — a strong opposer of immigration — com …

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Entertainment

‘The Wolverine’ claws way to top of box office, ‘Fruitvale’ makes top 10

This publicity photo released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine in a scene from the film, “The Wolverine.” (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox, Ben Rothstein) LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Wolverine” slashed monsters and minions to debut atop the weekend box office. The Fox film featuring Hugh Jackman’s sixth turn as the claw-wielding superhero opened with $55 million in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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National

Black male humanity shown in ‘Fruitvale’

This publicity photo released by The Weinstein Company shows, from left, Michael James, Michael B. Jordan, Trestin George, Thomas Wright, Kevin Durand and Alejandra Nolasco in a scene from the film, “Fruitvale Station.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Ron Koeberer) Oscar Grant did not deserve to die. This is the central message of “Fruitvale Station,” a film dramatizing the real-life case of the young unarmed Black man shot in the back by a White police officer in 2009. It’s a common message, often heard in film and life in general. But the way writer/director Ryan Coogler delivers this message is extraordinary.

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National

Young GOP leaders see need for substantive changes

In this photo taken June 18, 2011, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Republicans hoping to reach beyond the party’s White, aging core must do more than retool campaign strategy and tactics, say young GOP leaders pressing elected officials to offer concrete policies to counter Democratic initiatives. “It’s very easy to just say no, and there are times where it’s appropriate to say no,” said Jason Weingartner of New York, the newly elected chairman of the Young Republican National Federation. “But there are times where you need to lead and present ideas on the issues of the day.”

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National

Obamas, Clintons hail legacy of late Rep. Lindy Boggs

In this September 30, 2000 file photo, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See Lindy Boggs speaks during a news conference in Rome. (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti, File) “The country has lost a champion for civil rights and a trailblazer for women.” –Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is remembering late congresswoman Lindy Boggs as a champion of civil rights and women’s rights. Boggs, a plantation-born Louisianan who used her soft-spoken grace to fight for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband in the House, died Saturday at her home in suburban Washington. She was 97. Boggs represented her Louisiana district for nearly 18 years in the House.

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National

Amanda Berry surprises Cleveland concert crowd

In this Saturday, July 27, 2013, Amanda Berry, one of three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade, makes a surprise appearance at the RoverFest concert in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Courtesy Brian Harrell) CLEVELAND (AP) — One of three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade made her first public appearance at a concert featuring the rapper Nelly a day after her abductor pleaded guilty to kidnap and rape charges.