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Mexican attacks inflame tensions on Staten Island

Olmedo, who was hospitalized for five days and was briefly in a coma, contends he was targeted because of his ethnicity, not because he had been involved in a related incident or because the suspects wanted to steal his belongings.

Cristian Salazar, Associated Press, in Salon

In this Aug. 4, 2010 photo, Isaias Lozano shows a reporter where he was wounded during a robbery at El Centro del Inmigrante in the Port Richmond section of Staten Island, New York. Although Lozano was a victim of a robbery in the neighborhood, it has not been determined that it was a bias or hate crime.

When Rodolfo Olmedo was dragged down by a group of men shouting anti-Mexican epithets and bashed over the head with a wooden stick on the street outside his home, he instinctively covered his face to keep from getting disfigured. Blood filled his mouth.

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"I wanted to scream, but I couldn't because of the beating they were giving me," said the 25-year-old baker. Nearly five months later, he is still taking pain medications for his head injuries.

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Recorded by a store's surveillance camera, the assault was the first of 11 suspected anti-Hispanic bias attacks in a Staten Island neighborhood, re-igniting years-old tensions between blacks and Hispanics in New York City's most remote borough.

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Warning: Racism Is Bad for Your Health

Harboring prejudice, it seems, may be bad for your health.
Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner?

Elizabeth Page-Gould,  Greater Good, in AlterNet

AlterNet Editor's Note: This month (August), Beacon Press is publishing the latest Greater Good anthology, Are We Born Racist? New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. To coincide with its release, Greater Good featured a sneak peak at some of the contributions to the book, including this provocative essay by psychologist Elizabeth Page-Gould.

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When we think about the victims of racism, we typically think of the immediate targets of racial prejudice: Those who have suffered at the hand of discrimination and oppression. But new research has identified another, unlikely group of victims: the racists themselves.

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In the urban metropolises of the United States and Canada, it is almost impossible to avoid talking to someone of another race. So imagine the toll it would take if every time you did, your body responded with an acute stress reaction: You experience a surge in stress hormones, and your heart pumps harder while your blood vessels constrict, inhibiting the flow of blood to your limbs and brain.

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Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King?

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  • Most jarring is the sad irony of all of these people at the podium, with their supporters spread across our National Mall, celebrating, in part, their worship of guns, while invoking, quite blatantly, the legacies of two great Americans whose magnificent lives were cruelly cut short by bullets.
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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders
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Paul Helmke, Huffington Post

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Joanne Thielen

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A disturbing magazine cover crossed my desk last week (August 1-7) announcing, in big bold print, that Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and the NRA are hosting a "Restoring Honor" rally next month.

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It's being held at the Lincoln Memorial, a place that honors America's most revered president: the one who saved our union, freed African slaves, and breathed the healing balm "of malice toward none" at the conclusion of our bitter Civil War -- and who was killed by a gun.

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It's also being held on the 47th anniversary of the "March on Washington." The march where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke so eloquently of his dream that one day his children would live in a nation where "they will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

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Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders, DeNeen Brown, Washington Post | DC

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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally To Face Countermarches From Civil Rights Activists, Al Sharpton
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The Economist's unforgivable silence on Sayyid Qutb's anti-Semitism

(The Economist) is accountable not just for bad taste or unfathomable ignorance, but for disregarding its own vow, published on its first page, "to take part in 'a severe contest between intelligence ... and an unworthy timid ignorance obstructing our progress.'"

Richard Cohen, Washington Post

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

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I always read The Economist magazine. I like many things about it, but I particularly cherish its book reviews. They are cogent and snappily written, and often deal with books that I don't find reviewed elsewhere. An example is a forthcoming biography of one of contemporary Islam's most important thinkers, Sayyid Qutb. The book gets a good review. It's more than I can say for The Economist itself.

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Qutb was hanged in 1966 by the Egyptian government of Gamal Abdel Nasser after the customary torture. He had been the intellectual leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and a man of copious literary output. One of his efforts was called "Our Struggle With the Jews." It is a work of unabashed, breathtakingly stupid anti-Semitism, one of the reasons The New York Review of Books recently characterized Qutb's views "as extreme as Hitler's." About all this, The Economist is oddly, ominously and unforgivably silent.

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