Economic Gap between Minorities and Whites Widened Under Bush - No Matter How CNN Spins it

We just love the way CNN spins these things - they make Walter Mitty look unimaginative. First they present the inescapable finding: "The enormous wealth gap between white families and blacks and Hispanics grew larger after the most recent recession, a private analysis of government data finds. White households had a median net worth of greater than $88,000 in 2002, 11 times more than Hispanics and more than 14 times that of blacks, [re the Pew Hispanic Center study]." Now look at this spin job: "Blacks were slowest to emerge [oh, so the problem's all over now, eh? Despite the continued slide in minority jobs and spending power!] from the economic downturn that started in 2000 and ended in late 2001." Note how they try to tweak the start of the downturn into the end of Clinton's administration! And what do they call those million or so jobs lost SINCE 2001? They must be part of that "emerging" thing - As in emerging economic crisis!

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Bush Administration Rules Against Statistical Sampling; Minorities Will Likely Be Underrepresented

"The Bush administration ruled against releasing statistically adjusted census data to help distribute billions of dollars in federal aid across the country, government sources said Wednesday. The decision means the federal government will use the raw head count available now to divvy up over $185 billion for Medicaid, foster care and other social service programs...Bureau officials weighed whether adjusting population figures with statistical sampling would improve the already completed raw head count. Most Democrats and civil rights groups said it would, by offering a better tally of minorities, the poor and children - groups typically missed in higher numbers...Groups like the U.S. Conference of Mayors also supported sampling, which could boost population figures for cities with larger minority populations and, likewise, federal dollars into those cities." So reports the Associated Press.

Across the Nation, Freedom-loving Americans Honor Juneteenth While Occasion Goes Unnoticed By Bush

June 19 is "Juneteenth," which marks the date in 1865 when the Emancipation Proclamation was announced in Galveston, making Texas the last state to free its slaves. The occasion is now celebrated in 200 cities across the nation. However, in Bush's Texas, Juneteenth appears to receive less respect than it deserves. In the Galveston paper, the only mention of June 19 was in the "Today in History" section, where the lead "event" (complete with photo) was the execution of the Rosenbergs on June 19, 1953. The Emancipation proclamation was mentioned in a small list of other events - but as having occurred on June 19, 1862 (Lincoln's original was on Sept. 22, 1863). (See this bizarre "honoring" of history at http://wire.ap.org/?MAIN=todayinhistory). Then read letters to and from Pres. Clinton on the subject of Juneteenth via our link. By the way, Bush has yet to mention Juneteenth that we have seen.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Puts Election Controversy in Perspective

In an online discussion with the New York Times, Rev. Jesse Jackson called for a "civil rights explosion" and addressed a wide range of issues. "White southerners must see that the new stage of the Civil Rights Movement is shared economic security. Forty million Americans have no health insurance. A coal miner dies every six hours, fighting lung disease. Fifteen thousand Americans die each day from cancer. Most of those people are not black. They are white, they are female, and they are young. This is the time for all Americans who want education and health care for all rather than a huge tax cut for the few to come forward and join together."

California Minorities are Now the Majority.

Here's one reason Al Gore is expected to carry California big time: Minorities, as categorized by the Census Bureau, now outnumber whites in California. At some point in 1999, the 50% threshold was passed. Hispanic and Asians are the fastest growing groups. Despite the window dressing at the GOP convention in Philly, minorities know that only one major party really embraces their issues and respects their dignity. And it's not the one that gave you the Willie Horton commercials.

Latinas Lead the Way at the Democratic Convention

The DNC convention is launching a new brigade of leaders this week. Some are political candidates, but most are behind the scene movers and shakers. All of them are women with Hispanic family roots.

African Americans Aren't Buying GOP "Hug-A-Minority-A-Day" Campaign

Despite a Philly convention filled with the facade of inclusiveness, African Americans are sticking with Al Gore. This core Democratic constituency adores Bill Clinton and stuck by him throughout the ferocious Republican personal and policy assaults. African Americans know that the real issue bothering the GOP is the support of the Clinton-Gore administration for a multi-cultural society. A new poll shows that African Americans remain loyal to a party that continues to go to the wall for equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.