NASCAR's Slow Race for Diversity

In today's link roundup: The racing association asks for patience with its efforts to add color. Plus: Nine reasons Herman Cain is ticked off. 

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NASCAR's slow race for diversity: In 2004, NASCAR created a program designated to diversify the winner's circle in the sport. In nine years, nearly 50 drivers have participated in the initiative, with limited success. And this year, officials have asked for patience in its progress toward becoming less overwhelmingly white and male, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Eric Holder: Voting Rights Act provision is "essential": The attorney general says that the country has come too far on civil rights, and its people have sacrificed too much, not to finish the task of ensuring equal voting rights for all Americans. "That is why so many agree -- as illustrated over the past few years -- that Section 5 remains essential to safeguarding the voting rights of millions across the country," Holder said in prepared remarks about the Voting Rights Act provision facing a Supreme Court challenge.

Why Herman Cain is "ticked off": He tweeted off his top reasons today, most of which had to do with partisanship and dysfunction in Washington. We're sure he never would have been involved in such things if elected.

Time for HBCU athletics to focus on values:  Black Enterprise's Chris Stevens argues that "priced out" black colleges could set a more principled agenda for all of college sports to see.

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