North America is a melting pot of many cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. One of the wonderful attributes of satellite radio was that one company could service virtually any person with content dedicated to their heritage, religious beliefs, or political stance. While Sirius XM has had Latin based content for many years, the selection was far from perfect.
While Latinos make up 16 percent of the population of the United States, Latino judges make up only 3 percent of state supreme court justices across the country. Only 10 out of a total of 326 state supreme court justices are Latino. That number includes last month’s retirement of California judge Carlos R. Moreno, but not that of New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto, the first and only Hispanic justice on the state’s highest court, who has announced that he will not seek re-nomination when his term ends in September.
California is the first time in history that such a diverse group of people has been brought together as equals. There was plenty of diversity in the Roman Empire but if you weren’t a citizen the options were slave or barbarian. Some 300 languages and dialects are spoken in California’s public schools, according to the University of California Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching. More than 43 percent of Californians over the age of five speak a language other than English at home -- compared to 18 percent of households nationwide.
Comcast Corp. (CMCSA, CMCSK) said it plans to launch 10 new independent channels over the next eight years to satisfy a series of commitments to provide more minority-run programming. The move comes after Comcast spent last year locked in an arduous regulatory approval process for its landmark deal to acquire a majority stake in media conglomerate NBC Universal. The deal included a number of public-interest commitments to diversity-promoting organizations.