Category Archives: Videos

Video Glossary: Retrospective Voting

Race and the Hispanic Vote

English: White Hispanic and Latino Americans

English: White Hispanic and Latino Americans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the second in a series of blogs focusing on what some like to refer to as the Hispanic vote.  It is intended to edify those elements of the MyPoliSciLab community that may just be learning of the increasingly important role Hispanic voters will play in American politics.  This installment will consider the significance of race as a factor influencing our understanding of the emerging Hispanic vote across the country.

First of all, the term Hispanic does not actually discriminate according to race (although many researchers do take race into account when studying Hispanics).  Hispanics born in the United States as part of the baby boom generation (and for decades before that) would have been designated as “White” or “Caucasian” on their birth certificates.  Of course, Hispanic newborns with parents or a parent displaying “Black” or African American features or characteristics would have likely been designated as “colored” or “Black” depending on the particular time in history.  In actuality Hispanics can be White and Black—or both as in the case of a bi-racial individual.  Given the state of political science research on the matter, traditional voting models that take race into account and predict that White voters are more likely to support republican candidates and African American or Black voters are more likely to support democratic candidates, are problematic when we take into account Hispanic voters.  The current state of the discipline suggests that including Hispanics in the models is reasonable based on the understanding that Hispanics represent a different population.  I am suggesting that they do not.

Hispanics, as we currently understand the term, come from the nations of North, Central, and South America.  They are White, Black, and Indian (indigenous, indígena) and every possible iteration you can think of.  Discussions regarding the Hispanic vote in both the mainstream and new media are still likely to follow in the footsteps of those who have an over-simplified understanding of their Hispanic brothers and sisters.  What do you think?  Should political scientists lead the way in terms of changing the way we talk about Hispanic political behavior?  Can the media make heads or tails of the issues involved?

–DENNIS FALCON

Video Glossary: Cold War

MPSL VLog: Direct Democracy and Recall Elections

Do voters have any recourse if they don’t like their elected state representatives?  Professor Gaffaney discusses “recall fever” in Wisconsin. 

MPSL VLog: Nuclear Energy Policy

In light of looming nuclear disaster in Japan, are there likely to be changes to U.S. energy policy?  Professor Gaffaney explains.

(Video)Droid Cell Phone Explodes in Man’s Ear

On “The Early Show on Saturday Morning,” CNET technology contributor Katie Linendoll explained to James Brown what the most popular type of battery in most electronic devices is and how it can become volatile. (12/4/10 CBSNewsOnline)

1. What are the signs of defective electronic device that consumers should avoid, according to Katie Linendoll?

2. What are the safety tips for consumers provided in the video?

(Video)WikiLeaks’ Julian Asange Arrested

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail in the U.K. and vows to fight an extradition request from Swedish authorities, who want to question him in a sexual assault case. (12/7/10 CBSNewsOnline, Elizabeth Palmer)

1. If Asange’s court appearance has nothing to do with his WikiLeaks’ revelations, according to the reporter, what offense has he been arrested for?

2. What makes Asange a flight risk?