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October 13, 2009 | Associated Press
Even though receiver Calvin Johnson hobbled out of the locker room Sunday, the Detroit Lions said he is not as injured as he appeared to be after missing much of the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Johnson could not bend his right knee as he went up stairs at Ford Field on Sunday, but Coach Jim Schwartz said Monday he would not label Johnson's injury as significant, adding that the team will know more Wednesday. The Lions did lose a key player, though, putting cornerback Eric King on injured reserve because of an injured left shoulder.
November 16, 2008 | Michael Eric Dyson
By any measure, this is a monumental day in our nation's history. African Americans are rightly proud. The brutal facts of black existence -- slavery, segregation and the stunting of social and political ambition -- have dashed the hopes of black progress time and again. The election of Barack Obama symbolizes the resurrection of hope and the restoration of belief in a country that has often failed to treat its black citizens as kin. We should not be seduced by the notion that Obama's presidency signals the end of racism, the civil rights movement, the struggle for black equality or the careers of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
December 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Rev. Al Sharpton angrily denounced federal authorities for investigating him and his civil rights organization, suggesting that the Justice Department was retaliating against him for his civil rights advocacy. "I have probably been under every investigation known to man, and I can't remember a time that I've not been under investigation," Sharpton said at the Harlem headquarters of his civil rights organization.
May 3, 2007 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a protest today in New York in an effort to pressure major music companies into banning three pejorative words, including the one that forced shock jock Don Imus off the airwaves. Supporting the campaign to clean up rap lyrics is hip-hop pioneer and mogul Russell Simmons, who co-founded Def Jam Recordings and founded Russell Simmons Music Group.
April 12, 2007
Re "Imus is not alone," Opinion, April 11 I want to express my whole-hearted agreement with Constance L. Rice. She says so clearly what I have always felt. The assaults on black women come from all fronts -- black men included. Why do our civil rights "leaders" think it is worth their time to punish Don Imus for saying things that athletes, actors and rappers have been saying for decades? Imus is not the downfall of the black community; it is our lack of action and our unwillingness to confront such sexist, homophobic, classist and degrading comments and beliefs that our culture celebrates that contribute to the challenges we face as a race.
April 11, 2007
Re "Imus show is suspended as furor mounts," April 10 The media brouhaha about Don Imus' remarks is appalling. If his words are so horrendous, then why do the media repeat them verbatim? Should we not then be offended again as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson repeat them? This has been Imus' stock and trade for 30-plus years. It is not any different from Howard Stern or what you hear brazenly proclaimed in rap music and by "cutting edge" comedians. If we are truly offended, then let the media go after all offenders.
February 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Rev. Al Sharpton said he wants a DNA test to determine whether he is related to former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond through his great-grandfather, a slave owned by an ancestor of the late senator. "I can't find out anything more shocking than I've already learned," Sharpton told the Daily News. Professional genealogists found that Sharpton's great-grandfather, Coleman Sharpton, was a slave owned by Julia Thurmond, whose grandfather was Strom Thurmond's great-great-grandfather.
February 26, 2007 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Al Sharpton said Sunday it was the "most shocking" news of his life when the civil rights leader learned he was a descendant of a slave owned by relatives of Strom Thurmond, the late senator who once led the segregationist South. "I couldn't describe the emotions that I've had over the last two or three days thinking about this," he said at a news conference. "Everything from anger and outrage to reflection, and to some pride and glory."
December 9, 2006
NOW that Andy Dick has upstaged Damon Wayans in the latest round of "hack comedians using the N-word to revive dead careers" ["Racial Slur Used Again, Rued Again," by Maria Elena Fernandez, Dec. 6], it is apparent that the absurdity of banning the N-word has opened old-time black leaders to even more ridicule as they try to restore a bygone era to a new generation. FREDERICK CLEVELAND Hollywood RE "Use it? Or Lose It?" by Scott Martelle, Dec. 5: As long as Damon Wayans sees fit to elicit laughs through homophobic jokes and rappers continue to use the F-word (as in "faggot")
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