Monday, February 05, 2007
Monday Morning MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• The New York Times reported on Dr. Mathieu Eugene (pictured above, right) and his goal to become the first Haitian-born member of the New York City Council. “Has the time come?” asked Dr. Eugene. “Yes, I believe the time has come. We Haitians have been participating in the political system for some time, and we have helped others get into elective office. Many people believe that it’s our turn. And they look at this as a historic and important moment.” Click on the essay title above to read the full story.
• A new study showed getting kids to watch less TV does not translate to increased exercise routines. However, the researchers found that prolonged TV viewing does expose children to unhealthy dietary choices — plus, kids tend to eat more while watching. Whoever invents a combination refrigerator-microwave-TV is gonna make a fortune.
• The Rev. Al Sharpton wants to sue New York City over increased racial profiling by the NYPD. Law enforcement officials revealed that of the 508,540 people stopped by cops in 2006, 52 percent were Black and 29 percent were Hispanic. “It’s an outrage. It’s enough. No matter how productive you are, to be cast as a suspect rather than a citizen is intolerable in this country,” declared Sharpton. “One will have to explain how [nearly] 55 percent of the people stopped are Black when we’re not nearly 50 percent of the population.” Do we really need a formal explanation?