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It was previously reported that Jefferson County’s population increase over the last decade was due largely to growing Asian and Hispanic populations. The same news was reported in several other counties,  and this map from the Census Bureau shows how various populations have grown and shrunk since 2000. (via)


The New York Times has put census data into an interactive map. You can type in your zip code and see the racial and ethnic makeup of every neighborhood.

You can see the division between black and white in Louisville, and if you zoom out, you can see how other races remain concentrated in small pockets throughout the city.

Here is an interesting map of Louisville and southern Indiana. Each dot represents 25 people. The colors represent races and ethnicities. Red is white, blue is black, orange is Hispanic and green is Asian.

Hat tip to the Ville Voice.

Earlier this week, WHAS* radio host Mandy Connell called President Barack Obama a “half-breed,” while trying to make a point about social mobility.**

Page One was the first to report it, and to print Connell’s apology.

LEO has audio of the comments, and reaction from the president of the local NAACP.

“I think it was a very poor choice of words. I know she doesn’t care for Obama or his policies, but to refer to him as a half-breed is disrespectful of the office of president,” says Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham. “And racially, the term is derogatory in today’s society. It’s just not an acceptable term.”

The incident needs to be noted, Cunningham says, however he isn’t surprised given the station’s programming format. The civil rights leader say no protests or boycott of 84 WHAS should be held based on that one comment, but the radio station needs to be monitored more closely.

“It is radio at its worst,” he says. “Is that statement by itself something to go to war over or do you make note of it and hold the station accountable? And I believe we should bring it to their attention and see what happens from that point.”

Rick Redding approached the story from the media criticism angle, though he stopped short of analyzing the comments as part of talk radio as a whole.

*It should go without saying that Connell does not represent the WHAS newsroom.

**The social mobility argument may need its own bit of analysis. Connell used Oprah Winfrey and President Obama as examples of the type of social mobility that only exists in the United States. However, situations like Winfrey’s or Obama’s are extremely rare, and to make the argument that they succeeded despite difficulties is to recognize the extreme difficulties both individuals faced in their lives. The argument implies that those difficulties are to be expected to a certain degree. But because some individuals overcome these difficulties, their example of success is held up as a model any individual can follow. It’s assumed that because some people do, everyone can. (Feel free to argue over whether that statement is true) It could also be argued that the attention given to the thousands of people questioning Obama’s legitimacy as President is evidence that while people may move up in society, they won’t necessarily be accepted in their new position.  Further, social mobility is often part of the foundation of American exceptionalism. But this isn’t a sociology class. Try this for something uplifting.

Former Alderwoman and Metro Councilwoman Denise Bentley has resigned from Democratic Councilman Jim King’s campaign for mayor of Louisville.

WHAS-11 has this:

“Citing professional, philosophical, and ethical differences,” former Metro Councilwoman and Louisville Alderwoman Denise Bentley resigned from the Jim King campaign Tuesday.

In a telephone interview late Tuesday afternoon, Bentley said she would not yet divulge what “ethical” differences she has with the King campaign, but she said that the primary motivation in her resignation was that King was “not as committed to African-American community as I expected.”

The King campaign declined comment, except to say that it wishes Bentley well in the future.

Bentley’s apparent role in the King campaign was to help King make inroads in the African American community.  In the WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass poll released Tuesday, King claimed 13% of African-American Democrat support in the primary, up five points since the poll one month ago.

LEO has a a report on diversity on the bench, and how it could shrink or vanish after November.

For a brief period last year, however, Jefferson County had no African-Americans among its 40 judges in circuit, district or family court after two black jurists — Janice Martin and Toni Stringer — retired from the bench. The lack of racial diversity in the county’s court system caused civil rights advocates to petition the governor to appoint qualified African-Americans to the bench.

Last summer, Beshear heeded that call and filled four Jefferson County judicial vacancies with black judges by appointing Olu Stevens and Brian Edwards to the circuit court bench, along with Sadiqa Reynolds and Erica Lee Williams to district court. The move resulted in the greatest judicial diversity in Louisville history, although it’s a statistic that could soon change: All four appointees are facing white opponents in their upcoming re-election bids.

While some observers worry an all-white bench could return, others argue the most qualified candidate should get the job, suggesting experience trumps the need for diversity in the courtroom.

When compared to the number of black defendants who wind up in court, the number of African-American judges presiding over cases is disproportionately lower. In Jefferson County, blacks constitute only 10 percent of the judges yet make up 57 percent of the offenders sent to prison. Given those inequities, civil rights leaders believe it is important that the judiciary better reflect the community.

“An all-white bench sends a bad message and it gives credence to the disparities that exist in the system,” says Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville NAACP. “However, when you look at the number of African-Americans sentenced from this county, you must take a look at the judiciary, jury selection and the police.”

You can read the whole thing on the LEO website.

Here’s the cover of the new Publisher’s Weekly magazine:

It’s causing a stir on Twitter. While most people agree that the image itself is well-done, many say the context is offensive. With different text, they say  image could carry a strong message, but underneath the editors’ pun, it’s any number of things: an enforcement of existing stereotypes; a mockery of black power imagery; a marketing ploy.

What do you think?

Does the title have your attention? Let me explain.

While it’s not always a surefire predictor, the unemployment rate among minorities in American has–in recent times–set the trend for overall unemployment, which follows the minority’s trend months later.

And now the Washington Post is reporting that the unemployment rate for black men is at Great Depression levels.

The jobless rate for young black men and women is 30.5 percent. For young blacks — who experts say are more likely to grow up in impoverished racially isolated neighborhoods, attend subpar public schools and experience discrimination — race statistically appears to be a bigger factor in their unemployment than age, income or even education. Lower-income white teens were more likely to find work than upper-income black teens, according to the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, and even blacks who graduate from college suffer from joblessness at twice the rate of their white peers.

Young black women have an unemployment rate of 26.5 percent, while the rate for all 16-to-24-year-old women is 15.4 percent.


NPR reported this morning on how racism may play a roll in some (not all) of the anti-Obama sentiment. Pundits are bickering  over whether or not some (not all) of the people opposing the president are doing so because of his race.

Well, here’s one attack that seems entirely race driven. At Carmichael’s Bookstore in the Highlands, a book about Obama and a magazine featuring the president were both defaced with the n-word recently. The slur was written on the title page of the book and on the article in the magazine, not the cover.

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