Reporter Remix: February 28, 2014

This week’s Reporter Remix highlights stories that examine race and racism from the lens of crime, politics and higher education. The minority report: Chicago’s new police computer predicts crimes, but is it racist?The Chicago Police Department created a “heat list” of roughly 400 people likely to be involved in violent crimes, using an algorithm that involves historical criminal information, rap sheets and 9-1-1 logs. But Matt Stroud of The Verge voices skepticism – by targeting the usual crime hotspots and associates of convicted violent offenders, is the heat list perpetuating the problem? Obama sees focus on young black and Hispanic men as focus after presidencyHighlighting a new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper” that helps young men of color stay in school and off the streets, President Obama recalls his own troubled childhood at a White House event Thursday. He “became the first U.S. president ever to publicly utter, ‘I got high,’” the Washington Post writes.

Reporter Remix: February 21, 2014

This week, the remix brings an assortment of news and voices, from an reflection on the Michael Dunn trial to the dismal truth about women in the media. Minimum wage hasn’t been enough to lift most out of poverty for decades Pew Research Center sums up a new report from the Congressional Budget Office that projects raising the federal minimum wage would have both positive and negative effects – it would raise the incomes of 16.5 million workers but also cost 500,000 jobs. The extermination of Jordan Davis: An empty verdict, a hollow victory Columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee calls the conviction of Michael Dunn – the white man who killed a black teenager for playing his music too loudly – a “consolation prize” and a tragic reminder of Trayvon Martin. Dunn’s life sentence, as it turns out, is not for murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis but for attempting to kill the three other people in Davis’ car. Women’s Media Center Report Finds Women Still Underrepresented, Misrepresented in U.S. Media According to the report, women made up just 27 percent of opinion columnists in major newspapers of the 100 most profitable films of 2012, only 28.4 percent of the speaking characters were women.

Reporter Remix: February 7, 2014

Examining the kickoff of Black History Month as well as the Sochi Olympics, this week’s Remix offers some new perspectives with which to view race and popular sports. The history white people need to learn Salon’s Mary-Alice Daniel reminds us that “white” is a race created in the early 20th century and defined by class rather than color. “Being proud of being white doesn’t mean finding your pale skin pretty or your Swedish history fascinating,” she writes. “It means being proud of the violent disenfranchisement of those barred from this category.”
The Global Map of Homophobia In light of the Sochi Olympics, Richard Florida of The Atlantic compares Russia’s resurgent homophobia to that of the rest of the world. Herbalife Detractors Meet with FTC The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) recently met with the Federal Trade Commission to discuss an alleged illegal pyramid scheme run by Herbalife, a nutrition company, that is tareting Latinos to become distributors with false promises of wealth.

The Reporter Remix: State of the Union (and State) edition

Reflecting on Tuesday’s State of the Union address, this week’s Reporter Remix looks at some of the biggest issues in President Obama’s speech:
Help wanted: Obama calls on CEOs to take on long-term jobless MJ Lee of Politico forecasts President Obama’s meeting with leaders of major companies to encourage them to hire the long-term jobless as part of his initiative to fight unemployment. Meanwhile, the Illinois unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the nation at 8.6 percent. Hispanics often lead the way in their faith in the American Dream, poll finds In lieu of immigration reform’s reemergence in Congress, a new survey finds American Hispanics harbor much higher optimism for the American dream than white Americans and African Americans. Early childhood education: Lots of talk, but not much action (yet) Education may have been one of the most tweeted State of the Union buzzwords but a new report from the New America Foundation, outlined in the Atlantic, emphasizes the dismal state of early education: Child poverty rates are at the highest they’ve been in 20 years, nearly half of all public school students qualify for free or reduced lunch and most harrowing of all, impoverished children under-perform their peers by 10 percentage points on standardized testing. What Black History Month should be February is Black History Month and Theodore Johnson reminds us in the Huffington Post it should more than just a recount of history.