News Clips March 2, 2010

Census question confuses

EL PASO – Many Hispanics do not know they are white. But, in the U.S. Census Bureau’s eyes, they probably are.

For people such as former baseball star Sammy Sosa, who is a black Dominican, it may be easy to fill out a 2010 Census form.

But Hispanics may be confused over the questions of race and ethnicity found in the form being mailed out this month.

“The race question is the question I get the most queries about,” U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said Monday in a national conference call. “This is a question that changes every decade.”

In question No. 8, the bureau asks if a person is of Hispanic origin. Then, in the following question, the person must mark his or her race.

The Census Bureau gives respondents many options, but classifies data into five races – white, black, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native and other Pacific Islanders.

“This is one of the stickier issues,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund. “About half of Latinos who respond to the census consider being Latino their racial category.”

Research Reveals Hispanic-Americans Mark Education as a Top Priority in 2010

Many Hispanics believe they are less likely to achieve a college education due to a lack of funding

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., March 2 /PRNewswire/ — Due to the economic uncertainty many Hispanic-Americans are placing a new emphasis on what is important to them and their families. A new survey* by Sears Holdings finds that although a majority (84 percent) of Hispanic-Americans report that education will be a priority in 2010, most (92 percent) believe that there are barriers standing in the way of receiving an education beyond high school, with close to three-quarters (71 percent) citing lack of money to cover school expenses as the biggest roadblock.

Among those respondents who believe there are barriers in receiving a higher education, more than half (53 percent) attribute a lack of information about the opportunities and options available to get an education as an obstacle. Also weighing in as a hurdle for many Hispanic-Americans (60 percent) is the need to work and support the family right after high school.

Tea Party Holds Risks for GOP

American politics reached a milestone when Ronald Reagan, then the Republican presidential nominee, traveled to a convention of evangelical Christians in Dallas in August 1980 and said something mainstream politicians hadn’t been willing to say previously: “I want you to know I endorse you and what you are doing,” Mr. Reagan told the 15,000 or so conservative church leaders there assembled.

From that point on, the “religious right,” earlier seen by many as almost a fringe movement, became an important force within an ascendant Republican coalition.

Republicans today are trying something similar with the Tea Party movement. Yet even as Republicans relish this thought, it’s worth remembering that, just as their embrace of the religious right created occasional heartburn alongside electoral success, so too does their slow embrace of the Tea Party movement carry downside risks as well as upside potential.

Washington Hispanic website now offers Daily News & Multimedia Online

Washington DC, [CapitalWirePR]  –March 1, 2010— With a redesigned web site featuring sleek visuals, The Washington Hispanic today launched a fresh new look on line. The Capital’s largest Spanish language newspaper is now repositioning with a robust web presence to better serve its readers and the community at

“The redesigned site has been in development for some time. Our community is seeking faster access and greater coverage to keep growing and prospering. Our readers want to stay informed. The Washington Hispanic intends to meet their news needs. Our news will now be even more timely and ever more relevant to our reader’s interests,“ said founder Johnny A. Yataco.

The Dream that Keeps on Marching for America

The man handed us several crumpled $20 bills. “I would like to donate $200 to help a household worker or a day laborer go to Washington and speak for us,” he said, turning to walk away. He was referring to the rally planned for March 21 in Washington, DC, for the purpose of raising awareness about the need to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. We asked to get his name and nationality but he chose to remain anonymous: “Like many of us, without a name or country of origin, but ever present,” was his response.


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