Opinion

Friends and neighbors left messages of remembrance for Ramarley Graham at the Bronx residence where he was shot by police. (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Anger, Accusations After Unarmed Teen’s Shooting

African American, Bronx, Featured Posts, Opinion February 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

On the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 2, a police officer shot 18-year-old Ramarley Graham in his apartment. Community and ethnic papers have followed the story and its aftermath closely.

Opinion: ‘The Time has Come for American Jews to go on a Strictly Non-Kosher Diet’

Brooklyn, Food, In the News, Middle Eastern, Opinion February 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Even as the movement to boycott products from Israel in protest of that nation’s treatment of Palestinians gathers steam, The Jewish Daily Forward drew attention to another call to boycott Israeli products — this one from within the Jewish community, and for very different reasons. Shmarya Rosenberg writes in the Forward that consumers who do not want to support a hard-line anti-Zionist ultra-orthodox movement should avoid foods that bear the seal of the Badatz Yerushalayim kosher supervision, as well as that of the Brooklyn-based Central Rabbinical Congress.

The BDS conference last weekend at University of Pennsylvania was free of expected clashes between participants and pro-Israel groups.

Voices in Focus: Will Competitive Grants for Education Shortchange Poor Districts?

Culture, Education, Opinion, Politics February 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

The Amsterdam News warns that “Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget leaves black and brown communities out in the cold,” The Jewish Daily Forward reports on calls to boycott Israel, and DNAinfo updates us on the Danny Chen case.

Will Filipino Americans Still Go Blue in November?

Will Filipino Americans Still Go Blue in November?

Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Filipino Americans voted 59 percent to 39 percent in favor of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential elections. Still, this time around it remains to be seen which party they’ll support, according to a piece in the print edition of Filipino Reporter.

Voices in Focus: The Redistricting Shuffle

New York, Opinion, Politics February 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

When it comes to the proposed state Senate and Assembly redistricting maps released last month — which have been widely panned as gerrymandering — the devil is in the details. Here are some of the details that the community and ethnic media have zeroed in on.

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Culture, Education, Health, Immigration, Opinion, Politics February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

Teenagers addicted to energy drinks, John McCain’s evolving position on immigration, and sexy M&Ms are on our radar this morning.

Microsoft plans to develop a feature that would use crime statistics and demographic information in a GPS tool like this one.

Is Microsoft’s So-Called ‘Avoid Ghetto’ App Racist?

African American, Featured Posts, Opinion February 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Controversy hit Microsoft when its patent for generating GPS directions included an area’s “crime statistics, demographic information” as criteria. The app generates directions that, according to the patent, would allow “the user to take paths that take him to his home in a quickest amount of time while keeping theRead More

Commissioner Raymond Kelly honors officers in this undated photo from the Gotham Gazette.

‘Third Jihad’ discussion continues in ethnic and community press

Middle Eastern, Opinion February 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The fallout continued this week from the news that a film depicting American Muslims as extremists was shown to nearly 1,500 city police officers. Here’s a sampling of the coverage we came across in the city’s ethnic and community press.

Opinion: Latinos must ‘wake up and get involved’

Opinion: Latinos must ‘wake up and get involved’

Latino, Opinion, Politics February 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

In QueensLatino, Carlos Vélez weighs in on “The lie of the political power of Latinos,” arguing that the nation’s more than 50 million Latinos have failed to use their political clout to elect representatives or raise their concerns through protest movements such as Occupy Wall Street.

Publisher urges everyone to see “Red Tails”

Publisher urges everyone to see “Red Tails”

African American, In the News, Opinion January 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

This weekend, take a moment out and go to the movies. Not just any movie, but the new movie “Red Tails.”

Push for paid sick leave for NYC workers

Economy, In the News, Opinion January 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Editorial from Women’s eNews: “One and a half million New Yorkers face a terrible dilemma when they or their child become ill. That’s because they have no paid sick days. When the Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell you to keep a child with the flu home, how are you supposed to do that when you have no paid sick time?”

Haitian footballers make mark on NFL and mainstream America

Caribbean, Immigration, In the News, Opinion January 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

This is a time-tested ritual long practiced by our aggrieved, proud communities in the Diaspora: the meticulous but truculent search for any noticeable signs that give us a sure measure of our success or defeat in the murkily impervious United States of America.

Filipino slams US cash for visas plan

Immigration, In the News, Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian January 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

Applications for EB-5 visas have quadrupled over the last four years. The visa grants two year green cards to investors who fork over $500,000 to $1M to create or maintain 10 jobs. Although New York area developers have raised more than a Billion dollars from this visa over the pastRead More

Robert Pinter at a February 2009 Sheridan Square rally against what are widely seen in the gay community as false arrests.

Court favors gay sex entrapment

In the News, New York, Opinion December 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Federal courts rule in favor of laws that allow NYPD to entrap gay men on prostitution charges.

How Lowe’s walked into the morality war against sex, gays and Muslims

Economy, In the News, Opinion December 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

This week, David Caton and his Florida Family Association made national headlines after it was announced that it had successfully campaigned the big-box home improvement retailer Lowe’s to pull its advertising from TLC’s “All American Muslim,” a new show that follows the lives of five Lebanese American families living in Dearborn, Michigan.