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A Man Asked My Son to Mow His Lawn

File this one under, "Is this racist?" Tracy Lopez from LATINAish writes about how her 13-year old son was approached by a white neighbor... to mow his lawn. While some people might consider this a typical request for a teenage kid, it could also be one of those instances where racism subtly rears its head. Tracy can't help but wonder whether the same thing would have been asked of a white teenager. What do you think?...more
 @Latinaish     I am a Latina and I think you are being too sensitive.  And I do not agree that ...more

Do You Pay More Taxes Than Mitt Romney Does?

At the risk of turning you off completely, I’m going to talk about a subject we all loathe: taxes. Specifically, I’m going to talk about Mitt Romney’s obstinate refusal to release more than two years of his tax returns and why it’s a button with me. Just now as I was writing this, I decided to Google “Romney and tax returns” and lo and behold. Now I’m even madder. ...more
Huh. Just when I'd begun to think BlogHer was nothing more than an echo chamber, along came this ...more

President Barack Obama LIVE via Video at BlogHer '12!

Today we are honored to announce that President Barack Obama will address the BlogHer '12 audience at 4:30PM Thursday, August 2, via live video feed. We will gather in the Grand Ballroom at the New York Hilton to hear from the president live, and understand why he has chosen to make this rare conference appearance. We will be recording the video and posting it as soon as we can post-appearance. All conference passes, from day passes to party and/or expo passes to full passes will be granted admission to this special event....more
@ElisaC LOL Duh on me. I'm hoping for Chicago - even hubby's excited for that location. Maybe ...more

Romney's "We Did Build This" Right on Target

While Mitt Romney continues his foreign trip to England, Israel and Poland, back home the debate rages on as to who builds what in America.Just 99 days out from Election Day, 18 "We Did Build This" events span 12 states driving home the campaign's full-court press on President Obama's controversial remarks on in Roanoke, Virginia. on July 13:...more
It was clumsily phrased. A rarity for Obama. But when it comes to "things the candidate ...more

What, Library of Congress? No Asian or Native American Books Shaped America?

The Library of Congress recently released a list of Books That Shaped America, along with an exhibit of the same name that will be on display in Washington D.C. until September. Out of the 88 books chosen for their influence on our nation’s culture, not a single title was written by an Asian American or Native American. That’s right. Not a single novel, non-fiction account, children’s picture book, or even cookbook (there are a few of them included, too) focuses on the experiences of these often overlooked ethnic groups....more
American History begins with Indian History.more

Standing Up For Chick-fil-A

The ruckus over Chick-fil-A raises the question: Who's behaving like the hater here?...more
@SadieLankford Once you spend your money at a CFA, it is no longer yours and the owners can ...more

Can Liberal and Conservative Christians Talk Politics?

In a lot of people's minds, there seems to be a "right" way for Christians to vote (yes, that was intended). But what if people in the faith community could talk-- really openly talk-- about how their religion informs the way they stand on political issues? Author Rachel Held Evans has a thought-provoking post about this on her blog. Here's an excerpt:...more
I am in the same boat. One gay friend described me to her transgendered atheist friend as a ...more

Is Marissa Mayer Sending the Wrong Message about Maternity Leave?

[Editor’s note: I didn’t want to weigh in right away on Marissa Mayer. I thought I’d wait until all the hoopla died down, especially the excitement over Yahoo tapping her to be CEO even though she was quite pregnant. Yes, it was a big deal. But the issue that most interests me is Mayer’s announcement that she wasn’t going to take much time off. ...more
I do see what you're saying here, but I don't believe that it's Mayer's responsibility to manage ...more

Everyone's Talking About the Latino Vote, But Where Are the Latino Voices?

The Latino vote has been a hot topic this election season, but is this really translating into more clout for actual Latino voters? Not necessarily, explains political expert Viviana Hurtado, who has been advocating for more mainstream news coverage of this growing demographic. As Viviana explains at The Wise Latina Club, too often the media talks about Latinas, but doesn't include them in the conversation:...more
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Obama Campaign Launches Website Aimed at Parents

The Obama campaign has launched a new website aimed at parents. The site, Parents For Obama, is aimed to be a social networking hub for supporters and those who just want to find out more -- including information about President Obama’s work to help children and families during his past four years in office, as well as online tools for local organizing and volunteering. ...more