I had a great time being the guest on comic Alex Barnett’s popular podcast, “Multiracial Family Man.” Alex makes interviews informative and fun! You can listen to the interview by going the Multiracial Family Man website www.alexbarnettcomic.com at “Latest Blog Posts.”
or on itunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ep.-23-susan-graham-project/id969793342?i=347994432&mt=2
Hope you enjoy the show!
Project RACE Teen President Lexi Brock
I am very, very pleased to announce that the Estee Lauder Cosmetics Company has worked with Project RACE to change its survey forms to include a multiracial classification. The company collects demographic information on its customer base via online surveys. BizRate conducts the surveys for the Estee Lauder Company. I would like to especially thank Beth Nelson, Vice-President, Customer Service for working with me to update their surveys.
It is up to each and every one of us to help companies use the inclusive, appropriate term “multiracial” on their forms and surveys. If you find that a company has excluded our population, please write to their management or send the information to Project RACE.
Joakim Simon Noah was born in New York City on February 25, 1985. Noah, who is 6’11, plays basketball in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls. His father, tennis star Yannick Noah, is half Cameroonian and half French and his mother, Cecilia Rhode, is Swedish and was Miss Sweden 1978.
Joakim has dubbed himself the “African Viking,” to show honor to his heritage. He is a two-time NBA All-Star and won the NBA defensive player of the year award. He won two NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007 while playing basketball for the University of Florida. Noah was selected as the ninth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2007 NBA draft.
In 2010 Joakim founded Noah’s Arc foundation to help children with self-expression through art and sports. This foundation helps kids no matter social settings, race, and religion to learn self- acceptance to help live out their dreams. Joakim Noah is a fantastic basketball player and also cares about the needs of others. He’s been a great role model for people everywhere.
Preparing counselors for America’s multiracial population boom
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the nation’s multiracial population will triple by 2060.
That prognostication only heightens the long-standing need for counselors to better understand this population, say Kelley and Mark Kenney. The husband-and-wife counselor educators spearheaded development of the Competencies for Counseling the Multiracial Population, which were endorsed by the American Counseling Association Governing Council this past spring.
The new multiracial competencies, which offer guidance for working with individuals, couples and families who have backgrounds from more than one racial heritage, were developed by a task force made up of members of the ACA Multiracial/Multiethnic Counseling Concerns Interest Network, co-chaired by the Kenneys.
Source: Counseling Today
John Kasich NO choice for Multiracial Community
Ohio Governor John Kasich announced his bid for presidency during an event at Ohio State University today. Gov. Kasich is seeking to emerge from a crowded Republican presidential field as a practical and compassionate leader from a must-win swing state. He announced that he’s running in 2016, in a speech that touched on the struggles of the poor, the ill, and the disenfranchised.
Governor Kasich refused to draft, approve, or sign a proclamation or resolution for Multiracial Heritage Week, despite many requests from multiracial voters in Ohio in 2014 and 2015. His aides told Project RACE representatives that the Governor has no interest in joining 15 other state governors who whole-heartedly support the multiracial community. We expect many more Governors to join in our 2016 Multiracial Heritage Week campaign.
No Republican has reached the White House without carrying Ohio, and Kasich has said the Buckeye’s State politics and demographics make it a macrocosm of the United States. Apparently, the 17 million multiracial population does not enter into his equation. “If you can do it in Ohio, you can do it anywhere, “Kasich said during a speech in Iowa last month. Let’s prove him wrong.
Blacks More Likely to Die Suddenly From Cardiac Arrest, Study Finds
African-Americans are twice as likely as whites to die from sudden cardiac arrest, and they are younger on average when it happens, too, researchers reported Monday.
It’s more troubling evidence that blacks have more severe heart disease than whites, but it’s still not clear why.
Sudden cardiac arrest can be caused by heart attacks but it’s also caused by irregular heart beat and electrical disturbances. The study of more than 100 blacks and 1,200 whites who suffered cardiac arrest in the Portland area showed that blacks were, on average, six years younger than whites when it happened.
Blacks were also more likely to have other diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease, than whites.
“We do not know why African-Americans are more likely to have sudden cardiac arrest,” said Kyndaron Reinier of the the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, who led the study.
“It could be due to the higher burden of illnesses that increase risk of heart disease, like hypertension and diabetes. Or it could be genetic because we know that certain health conditions are more prevalent in particular groups of people. Or, the reason could be environmental, such as access to good healthcare. But there is no doubt that there are differences between the races when it comes to clinical outcomes.”
The study, published in the journal Circulation, adds to a growing number of studies showing that U.S. blacks are far more likely than whites to suffer from many chronic diseases, from heart disease to some types of cancer. Heart attack rates are higher among African-Americans, for instance.
And there’s some evidence that it’s not all due to different diets, different lifestyles or even different access to health care. There’s evidence of biological differences, such as the discovery that one test of heart disease risk is more accurate in black women.
“Because sudden cardiac arrest is usually fatal, we have to prevent it before it strikes,” said Dr. Sumeet Chugh of Cedars-Sinai, senior author on the study. “These findings suggest the possibility that when it comes to prevention of sudden cardiac death, different races and ethnicities may not necessarily be painted with one broad brush.”
At least there is a Black History Month and the Census Bureau invites speakers! They will not acknowledge MULTIRACIAL HERITAGE WEEK. We would definitely speak to them, if invited, and we would play nice. -Susan Graham for Project RACE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Census Bureau Statement on Black History Month Speaker
Release Number: CB15-RTQ.17
July 14, 2015 – The Census Bureau’s Equal Employment Office invited Dick Gregory to speak at a Black History Month cultural emphasis program. Gregory was paid $1,400. He was invited to share personal recollections of the civil rights movement in a way that would be appropriate for a federal workplace.
We have informed staff that Gregory’s statements were not appropriate and we have taken steps to revise our policy for vetting outside speakers.
Sydney Leroux -US Women's Soccer Team forward
Canadian born in May of 1990. She was born and raised in Canada. Leroux holds dual
citizenship in Canada and the Untied States. Leroux moved to the US in 2005 as a
teenager. Her mother is Canadian and White, her father is American and black.
Leroux switched her soccer allegiance to the US in 2008. Leroux received racist
slurs recently during the US/Canadian game including chants of "Judas".
Leroux stated that type of behavior makes her want to show pride in who and what
she represents. As a younger child and teenager she struggled with her racial
identity because there were few that looked like her in her community. She even
tried blue contacts to fit in. However a few years ago she had an eye opening
experience when a young girl who looked like her ran up to her in tears stating
she looks like her and she wants to be like Leroux when she grows up. Leroux is
very proud to represent her multiracial identity and feels very proud and
empowered being multiracial.
It seems that everyone I know is reading or re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, whose next book, Go Set a Watchman is now out.
I am reminded of the following passage in To Kill a Mockingbird, and hope we’ve come further than this:
“Jem,” I asked, “what’s a mixed child?”
“Half white, half colored. You seen ‘em, Scout. You know that red-kinky-headed one that delivers for the drugstore. He’s half white. They’re real sad.”
“Sad, how come?”
“They don’t belong anywhere. Colored folks won’t have ‘em because they’re half white; white folks won’t have ‘em ‘cause they’re colored, so they’re just in-betweens, don’t belong anywhere.”
For Project RACE
Thumbs Down to Estee Lauder
Company refuses to use respectable wording
I’m a long-time user of Estee Lauder Products. The company makes cosmetics for women in a wide-range of skin tones. I recently placed an order online and there was a survey to fill out at the end of my order. Under the “race” question, they only allowed checking one option. They had “mixed race” as an option. I tried contacting the company to change the terminology to the more acceptable, respectable term “multiracial.” The terminology for other racial and ethnic groups used wording preferred by them.
I was well-prepared to explain to them that the majority of the multiracial population prefers the terms “biracial” or “multiracial,” which is more inclusive. Round and round I went with apparently bored customer service representatives, who refused to provide a name, phone number, or email address for the person who could change this.
Estee Lauder representatives blamed “Biz Rate,” the company that apparently does the actual survey. I asked to be put in touch with the person whose job was to authorize Biz Rate to ask the race question. No luck. I believe Estee Lauder should take responsibility for what is on their website, including wording in surveys.
I am going to boycott Estee Lauder and hope you will join me.
Project RACE, Inc.