1. First of all, the “rich” are not a homogeneous minority group. Rich people come from all kinds of ethnic and gender backgrounds, sexual orientations, age groups, and political beliefs. And they are not in any way unrepresented in power. Rich people by definition have access to wealth, and thus political influence. This by definition makes them a political and economic powerhouse. Over half of the people in Congress are millionaires, compared to less than 10 percent of Americans generally.

  2. Anyone chalking up the GOP’s defeat to supposed “gifts” to Latinos, blacks, and young people is “paying too little attention to how weak a candidate Mitt Romney was, and how much that hurt Republican prospects,” says Andrew Kohut at The Wall Street Journal.

    Why Mitt Romney will regret blaming his loss on Obama’s ‘gifts’ to minorities


  3. Meet Disney’s first Latina princess: Sofia. The new princess is already at the center of a heated debate, with critics damning Disney for drawing so little attention to Sofia’s Latina roots. Only when the show’s producers were directly confronted about Sofia’s heritage during a recent press tour did they confirm that she’s Latina. Other tension points: Sofia’s light skin and the fact that she’s voiced by a white actress (Modern Family's Ariel Winter). The producers simply say the new princess' ethnicity is being presented as a “matter-of-fact situation rather than an overt thing.”

    Watch the trailer for Sofia’s movie


  4. DC Comics has taken bold steps this year to diversify its comic-book world, introducing a new half-black and revealing that Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, is gay.

    And now, DC has revealed yet another milestone: The new Green Lantern is an Arab-American character Simon Baz.


  5. This week, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $175 million to settle charges that it discriminated against thousands of blacks, Latinos, and other minority borrowers between 2004 and 2009. The Justice Department had accused Wells Fargo, the country’s largest mortgage lender, of charging minority borrowers higher interest rates and fees on home loans than it charged white borrowers with similar credit ratings.

    Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general at the department, slammed Wells Fargo for levying the equivalent of a “racial surtax.” People ”should be judged by the content of their creditworthiness and not the color of their skin,” he said. 

    A guide to Wells Fargo’s disgraceful discrimination scandal