Colorlines Magazine

National, multi-racial newsmagazine with articles focusing on race, culture, and politics.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 3, May-June

A New Hope for Black Farmers? the Obama Administration May Redirect Subsidies from White-Owned Agribusiness to Small Farms
SPEAKING LAST NOVEMBER about his plans to address the economic crisis, then president-elect Barack Obama called out subsidy payments to "millionaire farmers" as a waste the federal budget could do without. He was reacting, in part, to a new report...
Bailout Plan Hits the Poor: Banks Are Using TARP Funds to Make Predatory Loans
WHEN CONGRESS HASTILY created and passed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) last fall to bail out the financial sector, the program didn't offer any consumer protection against the type of predatory lending practices that led to the financial...
Films
FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND (Directed by Sterlin Harjo) In the rural town of Holdenville, Oklahoma, Cufe Smallhill, a young Seminole-Creek man, is waiting for something good to happen. When his father dies unexpectedly, his sister Miri urges Cufe to...
Framing Race in Mississippi: New Research Shows How Deep the Racial Fault Lines Run
FROM THE BLEAK POVERTY OF THE DELTA to the tatters of the Gulf Coast, many Mississippi residents suffer from pervasive income inequality and broken social services. Now, a new study reveals that the color line cuts through nearly every basic measure...
Last-Minute Lawmaking: The Bush Administration Bashed Immigrants until the End
IN ITS LAST DAYS IN OFFICE, the Bush administration pushed through a round of anti-immigration policies that will affect deportation hearings, FBI records and worker visas. One of those changes was made by former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey,...
Living in Post-Black America
THIS YEAR, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA inaugurated its first post-black * president, I say post-black because the moment we voted for our first black-black president, we actually made him post-black. It was win-win! [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] And...
No Homes. No Jobs. Not Even Beds at Shelters. Here's How Families Are Fighting to Stay Together
LAST FALL, YOLANDA JAMES and her three children were lost in their own city. After foreclosure had forced them from their South Los Angeles apartment, they ran into closed doors at every turn. Aid agencies offered referrals to other offices, but no...
Race Records
A BAND CALLED PAIN Broken Dreams (BiRich Music/Hiero Imperium) FOLLOWING A LONG, FRUSTRATING STINT on hip-hop superstar Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella label as half of the talented R&B duo Christion, vocalist Allen Richardson turned his attentions...
Remember Affordable Housing
SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN before bad mortgage loans take down an economy. You have to convince people that they want homeownership instead of affordable housing. And before that, you have to sell them on the notions of personal responsibility and the...
The Digital Divide: People of Color Struggle to Get Online for Homework, Jobs and More
TWO YEARS AGO, Michael Ibarra's "Big Brother" helped him get a scholarship to a private school by researching options online. But during the first half of sixth grade at the Clairbourn School in San Gabriel, California, Michael couldn't keep up. His...
Why Indians Love the Movies So Much: Cultural Critic Paul Chaat Smith Examines the Obsession
AS A PEOPLE, THERE CAN BE LITTLE DOUBT that Indians care too much about the movies. It's embarrassing sometimes, well, actually a lot of the time. We follow casting, production, shooting schedules of each new Hollywood feature about us with the anxiousness...