Survey says Latino voters sticking with Obama, Democrats
December 29th, 2011
02:59 PM ET

Survey says Latino voters sticking with Obama, Democrats

By Tom Cohen, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Latino voters strongly support President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party, despite dissatisfaction with the administration's deportation policies, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The results are good news for Obama and Democrats for next year's election, as Hispanics are the fastest-growing population group in the country and comprise a major voting bloc.

According to the survey, Latino registered voters favor Obama over Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney or Texas Gov. Rick Perry by margin of more than 2-to-1.

The results are similar to the presidential election in 2008, when Obama got 67% of the Latino vote compared with 31% for Republican candidate Sen. John McCain.

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Engage: Political activism: bred out of black-owned beauty shops
December 29th, 2011
01:46 PM ET

Engage: Political activism: bred out of black-owned beauty shops

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Opinion: In my children, a rainbow, the water, the world
Jeannie Lee writes that her two sons "are like the rainbow because in them is the rainbow of humanity."
December 29th, 2011
08:57 AM ET

Opinion: In my children, a rainbow, the water, the world

Editor’s Note: Jeannie H. Lee is the mother of two bi-racial sons and a stay-at-home mom. She received a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and previously worked as a community organizer with Church Women United.

By Jeannie H. Lee, Special to CNN

I struggle always to describe our boys because, unlike me, with one distinct ethnic identity – Korean – they are many: African, Native American, Korean and probably some Caucasian, too. Words to describe them are abundant – multi-ethnic, multi-racial, blendian, AmeriAsian, AfroAsian. A friend, Rasha, created a new word just for them, BlacKorean. But none really worked for me.

I don’t cry easily or readily but when I first heard Jeni Fujita perform her song, “The Color of Water,” I let the tears flow in that dark corner of the club. She spoke to my heart, the part of me that’s a mother to two beautiful boys who I gave birth to with my African-American husband. She gave me words I struggled to find for so long.

Where are you from little daughter?

What's the color of water?

"But mama why is she different than me?"

Baby this is how you were made to be.

Like a rainbow in the sky

Like the color of your eyes

Underneath our skin, we're the same little daughter


December 29th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Arizona ruling hits Tucson ethnic studies program

(CNN) - Public schools in Tucson, Arizona, face millions of dollars in penalties after a ruling that the district's Mexican-American studies program violates state law.

An administrative law judge found the program's curriculum was teaching Latino history and culture "in a biased, political, and emotionally charged manner," and upheld state officials' findings that it violated a state law passed in 2010. The Tucson Unified School District had appealed a decision by the law's principal backer, then-state schools superintendent Tom Horne, to shut down the program.

Horne left office at the end of 2010, but his successor, John Huppenthal, backed Horne's ruling in June. Huppenthal said Tuesday's ruling shows "that it was the right decision."

"In the end, I made a decision based on the totality of the information and facts gathered during my investigation - a decision that I felt was best for all students in the Tucson Unified School District," he said in a written statement.

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