Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Casting Director Calls ‘Ethnic Casting’ A New Form Of Affirmative Action & She’s All For It

Atlanta Daily World
Sonya Eskridge
March 27, 2015

Casting directors think they know why the focus of fostering diversity is bothering certain people, but they still believe it’s time for Hollywood to get a makeover.
As Risa Bramon Garcia sees it, her contemporaries do not like being told that they have to make a more conscious effort to include actors of color in the rosters they build. She told KPCC recently that this really a reflection of consumer power as advertisers are demanding networks do a better job of representing their customers and the networks then lean on the casting directors to deliver.

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Racist Police, Courts, Fraternities: Who Says We Don't Need Affirmative Action Anymore?

Huffington Post
Carla Seaquist
March 25, 2015

America is now so sufficiently "post-racial" that affirmative action is no longer needed as corrective action. So ruleth the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a series of recent cases filed by police and fire departments, school districts and colleges, the Court, in closely-contested rulings, has weakened or even wiped out affirmative action's race-conscious policies designed to overcome and rebalance our history of discrimination in employment and admissions. Reflecting the new conventional "wisdom" that affirmative action is itself discriminatory, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a 2007 decision, "The way to stop discriminating on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."

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Supreme Court May Hear Texas Case Again

  • By Carolyn Phenicie
  • Roll Call Staff
  • March 23, 2015, 2:52 p.m.

  • The Supreme Court is set to decide soon whether justices will again hear the case of Abigail Noel Fisher, a white student who was denied admission to the University of Texas-Austin. The court first dealt with the case two years ago, sending it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
    Fisher’s case is far from the justices’ first handling of affirmative action. The court’s rulings have been in flux for more than 35 years.
    The Supreme Court in 1978 deemed unconstitutional a University of California Davis Medical School policy setting aside 16 of 100 first-year slots for racial minorities. The decision, in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, upheld use of race as a factor in admissions so long as it did not set a quota insulating minorities from comparison with other candidates.
    In a 5-4 decision in 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in Gratz v. Bollinger that a University of Michigan system for undergraduate admissions that awarded extra points to minorities was unconstitutional. The court ruled the same year that the school’s law school admissions, which used an individualized application review that included race among a variety of other qualifications, was permissible.
    The high court remanded the Fisher case to the 5th Circuit in 2013.

    Akufo-Addo supports NPP's controversial affirmative action

    Starr FM Online
    March 24, 2015

    The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has said he would stick by the party’s decision to allow only female candidates contest in constituencies where they have incumbent female MPs.

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    Sesame Street: 45 years of transcending race

    The Miami Times
    November 12, 2014

    The hit children’s show, “Sesame Street,” is a mainstay on public television today. But when it debut on public television some 45 years ago on Nov. 10, 1969, “Sesame Street” was groundbreaking. The cast was diverse group of puppets of all colors and people of different colors, too. And “Sesame Street” broke the mold of kids’ TV with extensive research before its commercially-inspired segments aired jingles about letters and numbers.

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    Proposal aimed at awarding more Essex contracts to women, minority-owned businesses

    True Jersey
    Jessica Mazzola
    March 20, 2015

    NEWARK — Essex County should award more of its contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities, according to one county legislator who recently introduced a pilot program aimed at making it happen

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    Where Diversity Takes a Back Seat

    CFO Magazine
    Chris Schmidt
    March 27, 2015

    A Duke/CFO study finds that gender and ethnicity remain secondary considerations in the selection of new corporate board members.

    In the fourth quarter of 2014, the Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey examined the issue of diversity on boards of directors, focusing in particular on the inclusion of women on boards.

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