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New York Times Report: Affluent and Black, and Still Trapped by Segregation

By John Eligon and Robert Gebeloff
(Aug. 20, 2016 | The New York Times) - Their daughter was sick and they needed family around to help care for her, so JoAnne and Maanaan Sabir took an unexpected detour.

They had spent years blowing past mileposts: earning advanced degrees and six-figure incomes, buying a 2,500-square-foot Victorian with hardwood floors. Yet here they were, both 37, moving to a corner of town pocked by empty lots, cramming into an apartment above Ms. Sabir’s mother, in the very duplex that Ms. Sabir’s grandparents had bought six decades earlier. Read more

The Washington Post: This couple didn’t tip their Latina server. They left a hateful message instead.

Picture of hateful message on a restaurant receipt that a couple left for Latina server
Photo Credit: (John Elledge via The Washington Post)

By Cleve Wootson Jr.
(Aug. 21, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The message on the receipt rattled Sadie Karina Elledge, but it made her grandfather see red.

Instead of leaving a gratuity on Monday, a couple eating at the Harrisonburg, Va., restaurant where Sadie works scrawled: “We only tip citizens.”

The dig was aimed at Sadie, 18, who was born in America, but is of Honduran and Mexican descent. So, John Elledge took a photo of the grease-stained receipt left for his granddaughter and posted it on Facebook. Read more

Native Americans plan to make history in the US election

By Charlie Northcott
(Aug. 17, 2016 | BBC News) - More Native Americans are participating in the 2016 election than ever before.

Eight indigenous candidates are running for Congress, up from two in 2014. Over 90 are running for state legislatures, again exceeding previous years.

The need for greater diversity at media organizations

The LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication Dean Jerry Ceppos discusses how recent events in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas highlight the need for greater diversity at media organizations.

Source: LSU Manship School



Will the great flood sink Baton Rouge or inspire its rebirth?

By Robert Mann
(Aug. 19, 2016 | NOLA) - The news from Baton Rouge last month was a city immersed in crisis and death, divided and virtually at war with itself over the death of Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old black man killed by Baton Rouge police officers in early July. Twelve days later, another tragedy engulfed the city — the shooting of six police officers, three of whom died. Read more

Economist: Gay rights in Indonesia under pressure

(Aug. 13, 2016 | The Economist) - For a Muslim-majority country, Indonesia has often been regarded as relatively tolerant on gay issues, as long as gay people were discreet. Homosexuality has never been criminalised and sexual minorities have mostly been left alone. But in recent years, as LGBT groups have become more vocal in pursuit of equal rights, religious conservatives have reacted angrily and started to push back. A report this week by Human Rights Watch (HRW), a pressure group based in New York, says LGBT rights have come under “unprecedented” attack this year. Read more

New Book
Brand Islam: The marketing and commodification of piety

Brand Islam

Photo Credit: Reading Religion

In an effort to capitalize on materialistic commodities, a wide range of products have begun to be marketed as “halal,” which is considered as being lawful or “Islamic” for many Muslims. However, many of the items being labeled as such have not been created or produced in order “….to honor religious practice or sentiment” (Shirazi, 2016). Brand Islam explores this marketing strategy and the loyalty that comes about from Muslim consumers as a result of this tactic. This has yielded what Shirazi considers to be “a new type of global networking” that will prove to significantly impact “….the religious, cultural, and economic lives of Muslim consumers” (Shirazi, 2016). To learn more about this book and to delve into the commercialization of Islam, visit: http://readingreligion.org/books/brand-islam

Bibliography:
Shirazi, F. (2016). Brand Islam: The Marketing and Commodification of Piety. Austin: University of Texas Press.

 

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