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Jean Marie Brown
July 7, 2011

Common ground . . .

Unemployment, an execution in Texas and proposed cuts to Social Security are featured on the general news and the special interest sites today, but with a bit of a twist.

Salon reports that the President is considering cuts to Social Security by quoting various sources and publications. Overall the post is critical of the idea, but from a political point of view. Mario Wire also reports on the possibility of cuts to Social Security, but its story in framed around the context of how Latinos would fare badly if this were to occur.

The Root and Huffington Post feature the execution of Mexican national Humberto Leal in Texas. Huffington Post provides more in depth coverage into the execution that was opposed by the White House and others who cited the fact that Leal was never told he could contact Mexican authorities to assist him after he was arrested. The worry is that American citizens could be treated similarly when arrested abroad. The Root’s story touches on this, but doesn’t go very deep

In the matter of unemployment, The Huffington Post and The Grio use the same image of a woman of color reading a jobs bulletin board to illustrate their post. The photo acknowledges the idea that minorities have been hard hit by the economic downturn.  The Daily Beast uses an AP shot of a white woman walking, but it the photo doesn’t speak to employment or unemployment.  Though if you go past the Cheat Sheet to the Wall Street Journal story link that site does represent people of color. Slate illustrates its piece with a white male with an MBA in a suit, holding a sign looking for work.  Salon has black people standing in an unemployment line, but the story is framed from a Beltway point of view.  The Grio’s post directly addresses black unemployment and The Loop21 has a post on Jay-Z discussing the unemployment situation. 

In other news . . .

Maryland will be putting the matter of in-state tuition for undocumented students on next year’s ballot according to a Huffington Post report . . .  Nicole Ritchie is returning to reality television . . . model Jessica White discusses being celibate for a year . . . not much to say about the Iris Van Helpren couture shot except, “eww.” The office of Maricopa County, Arizona has settled a racial profiling case for $200,000.

The Daily Beast picked up on the dispute of the documentary about the hip hop group a Tribe Called Quest.

A different view . . .

One year after “The Decision” The Grio takes a look at LeBron James' move to Miami . . . and Katy Perry is poised to beat Michael Jackson’s record for most Number One songs from a single album  . . . there’s discussion about black historical interpreters in Virginia who portray slaves.

Mario Wire notes that former Washington D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee has joined the chorus that favors the Dream Act, but her rationale that you can’t blame the children for the actions of their parents is one that some Dreamers object to . . . and with the Mexican Migration Project reporting that the flood of immigrants from Mexico has ceased is time to seriously consider immigration reform.

The Root looks at section of “The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family,” which presidential hopeful Michelle Bachman signed. The portion in question suggests that black children were better off being born into slavery than now . . . colorism on Twitter, that is mentioning skin tone in hash tags, is up for debate 


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