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Race and Ethnicity: Art and Census Statistics

I recently saw this on Racialicious.  Eric Fischer posted an album on Flickr which translates 2000 Census data into art with each color defining a different race or ethnicity.  Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Click on any of the pictures to take you to the original sites.

Questions for pondering: How do we make since of this data?  How can we be racially color-blind?  Where do the lines of institutional racial discrimination and auto-segregation meet?  How can we meet the monetary needs of racial or ethnic groups as racial lines become more blurred?

Fischer's map of New York City:

Compare that to Fischer's map of Atlanta (my hometown):

This concept was taken from Bill Rankin’s map of Chicago’s racial and ethnic divides.

Rankin’s map of Chicago:

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Quoted: Mayor Bloomberg on “cowboying up and cracking down” on Natives

Thanks, Racialicious, for keeping us informed.

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By Special Correspondent Jessica Yee

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg giving advice to Governor David Paterson on how to deal with the sale of tax-free cigarettes on sovereign Native lands within New York State;

“I’ve said this to David Paterson, I said, ‘You know, get yourself a cowboy hat and a shotgun. If there’s ever a great video, it’s you standing in the middle of the New York State Thruway saying, you know, ‘Read my lips – the law of the land is this, and we’re going to enforce it”.

So now I’d much rather quote my sister Tia Oros Peters, Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development who said in response:

Indigenous Peoples remain the final “frontier” for colonization — where discrimination and a warped “civil religion” kind of thing permeates the american consciousness and allows, perhaps even encourages prejudice, suggestions of genocidal violence, and intention of direct harm with impunity – simply because of being Native. That’s the United States today, August 2010.

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