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May 23, 1993 | KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, Karen Grigsby Bates, a regular contributor to The Times' Op-Ed page, writes frequently on issues of race and culture for several national publications.
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN AUGUST IS HOMECOMING AT ST. VAUGHNVILLE Baptist Church in the tiny town of Chappells, S.C. The heat-baked lawn in front of the church overflows with cars, and trails of distant dust announce still more cars making their way down Vaughnville Road. Families wait patiently on the church's neo-Greek revival porch, as ushers calmly seat newcomers at proper intervals.
February 9, 1986
As a student at UC Irvine, I found myself dismayed with some of the conclusions Brian Whitten made (Commentary, Feb. 2) regarding the Martin Luther King symposium and the black community at UC Irvine. Whitten seems to feel that groups like the Black Student Union and the black fraternities on this campus perpetuate a kind of racial discrimination against whites. He seems to think that the purpose behind such groups is not to "abolish racial discrimination as Dr. King did" but rather to "separate (blacks)
December 22, 1990
I was in the process of writing a letter to you when the paper with the Shaw article was delivered. I wanted to tell you how irresponsible your paper is in regard to the black community. Any newspaper that exercised an un-American policy of censorship in totally ignoring the Louis Farrakhan speech, which attracted 30,000-35,000 people, and then spent many editorial lines on a trite story about black reparations needs to examine its editorial policy and its lack of journalistic fairness.
September 18, 1990
You raised serious questions regarding the issue of discrimination against Latinos in public employment. A cursory review of most employment statistics in local governments and particularly Los Angeles County government, will reveal many discriminatory practices against the Latino community. However, it is totally wrong to attempt to take away hard-earned jobs from the black community, which has its own share of burdens and troubles and which should not become the victim of more injustice during the quest by the Latino community to achieve fundamental fairness in public employment.
June 28, 1992
What is wrong with you, Los Angeles? Why are you trying to rebuild the city without using residents of the riot area? My father is a general contractor. He is also an African-American. He has faced racism for 40 years in his profession and has survived. No one in the black community wants to hear that after 40 years he is unqualified to do work in his community. We are tired of excuses. We want results. Face it Los Angeles, if you want peace, if you want to rebuild, then you must incorporate some brown faces into the program.
August 30, 1987 | BUSTER SUSSMAN, Sussman is a Times real estate writer. and
Los Angeles' small black contracting firms and developers want a bigger slice of the real estate pie. If they accomplish that, they could attain a greater leadership role in the black community and create better harmony between blacks and the real estate industry. "It's disheartening. Even in South-Central Los Angeles we're a minor factor," said Bill Carlisle, owner of AA Builders and Developers of Los Angeles and president of the Minority Development Assn.
June 18, 1989
As a medical professional and African-American resident of Los Angeles, I could not help but be demoralized after reading the two articles concerning cocaine and the black community. In the first article, "Adventures in the Drug Trade," by William Overend (May 7), the transformation of the cocaine scene is portrayed simply as the result of collusion between blacks and Colombians. If one sincerely wants to understand what has happened, one must examine the economic deterioration of the black community.
June 11, 1992 | H. ANDREW KIM is vice chairman of the board of the Koreatown Rotary Club, whose membership consist of 48 first-generation Korean-American businessmen. Kim is critical of the talks between street-gang members and Koreatown merchants. He told The Times: and
It is an injustice in asking these small merchants to solve the problems of the inner city and to bridge the gap between the Korean-American and African-American communities. These merchants are there purely in the pursuit of profit. As for the cultural gap and ethnic insensitivity, it cuts both ways. Blacks have little understanding of Korean merchants, who are in constant fear of being robbed or shot while going through the massive readjustment to a strange culture, customs and language.
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