Social Issues & Demographics

How Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown Demonstrates Wikipedia’s Woman Problem

  • By
  • Torie Bosch,
  • New America Foundation
July 19, 2012 |

According to Wikipedia’s 2011 Editor Survey, just 9 percent of Wiki editors are women. While the gender gap is better than it was—in the early ‘00s, it was more like 3 percent—and the proportion of new editors who are women is rising, the site remains a boys’ club.

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Why Isn’t the Cosby Show for a New Generation on Network TV?

  • By
  • Reniqua Allen,
  • New America Foundation
July 13, 2012 |

Today, the only way some Americans get insight into what life is like for a black family is by watching snippets of the Obamas on the nightly news. No English-language network program centers around a black family — or an Asian or Hispanic family either — except Fox’s “The Cleveland Show.” And that’s animated.

Sometimes, No Se Puede

  • By
  • Alina Alcántara,
  • New America Foundation
July 11, 2012 |

Memo to Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, the Mexican presidential candidate who lost on July 1 by six percentage points: Losing is bad; not accepting your defeat is worse.

Losing well is an underappreciated virtue. Whether we’re talking about a family game of Monopoly, a summer softball league, or an intense firm whose associates vie for a promotion to be partner, the ability to lose gracefully, and concede defeat in a manner that isn’t destructive, is essential to community well-being.

Immigration After the SB 1070 Ruling

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
June 26, 2012 |
The Supreme Court's immigration decision is a step back from the brink, leaving much less room than many expected for state immigration enforcement.
 
Although the justices blocked most provisions of Arizona's controversial 2010 policing law, they upheld the one of most concern to immigrant rights advocates: the section that requires local police to inquire about the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons and whom they suspect are in the country illegally.

A Changing National Mood on Immigration?

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
June 26, 2012 |
The judicial equivalent of white smoke has risen: The Supreme Court has ruled in a split decision rejecting most of Arizona's controversial immigration policing law, SB 1070.
 
Many were expecting a tough ruling favoring the Arizona statute and opening the floodgates to states' rights.

New Wave of Immigrants — A New Target Too?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
June 25, 2012 |
It's official! A new study by the Pew Research Center proves the old trope true: Asians are the new Jews. All those essentially positive stereotypes you've heard about — the hard work and the Tiger Moms — have made Asian Americans the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. Not only that, in the last few years, Asians have overtaken Latinos as the largest group of new immigrants to the U.S.
 
This is all good news — both for Asian Americans and the United States — but the Jewish comparison has a dark side.

The Sidebar: An Immigration Order and Video Game Mandate

June 22, 2012
Alexandra Starr talks about how President Obama's new immigration executive order could impact U.S. competitiveness - and the Latino vote. Dana Goldstein explores a counter intuitive way to get more women to pursue science, technology and engineering careers: Get them to play more video games as kids.

Want to Thank Someone for Obama's Immigration Move? Thank Marco Rubio

  • By
  • Alexandra Starr,
  • New America Foundation
June 15, 2012 |

The administration's announcement that it would suspend the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were born abroad and came to the United States without authorization as kids has immigration advocates showering hosannas on President Obama. There is another politician, though, who deserves quite a bit of credit for the administration's move: Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

Two months ago, Rubio floated a watered down version of the so-called DREAM Act -- and the administration this morning essentially made it the law of the land (at least temporarily).

Debate Club: Obama's Executive Order Is Good News, But Not the Solution

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
June 19, 2012 |
The Obama executive order is great news for many young "dreamers" and their families—great, great news. It will change a lot of lives in the short term, giving a generation of young people a measure of hope for the future.
 
If only it were as good as it seems—if only it were a real solution.
 
The problem: It's a short-term stopgap—it only postpones these young people's day of reckoning with U.S. immigration authorities. Any real, long-term solution still has to go through Congress—and it has to be bipartisan.

New America NYC: Navigating the Pink Ghetto

June 19, 2012
At the “Navigating the Pink Ghetto” event, four established female journalists gathered to ask why “women’s issues” are often sidelined in mainstream media. In a discussion that covered gender, race, age, and class divisions; how men “bluster” in short, punchy op-eds while women practice “intellectual primping” in deeply researched feature articles; and where women and minorities get their authority, one of the most provocative questions of the night had to do with diction.
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