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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 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.
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)
Come on a Saturday, says Freddie Carter, the man who has owned Styles Ville for four decades. That's when you'll find a row of eight barbers, buzzing, snipping and shaping heads. That's when you'll breathe in the musky spice of peppery oils, hair tonic, after-shave and an incense called Black Love. That's when you'll hear the clamor of loud talk and quiet whispers, of dominoes slapped down by men playing in the back, and the slice and whir of clippers. Bzzzzz, slash, slash, slash. Bzzzzz.
July 22, 1987
In an attempt to alert Southern California's black community to the increasing threat of AIDS among blacks, state and city leaders Tuesday announced creation of the Black Los Angeles AIDS Coordinating Commission. The commission will coordinate the efforts of Los Angeles' black elected officials, religious leaders, educators and health care professionals, Mayor Tom Bradley said at a City Hall news conference with Assemblywomen Maxine Waters and Teresa Hughes.
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.
October 27, 2005
Re "Execution Closer for 'a Model of Humanity,' " Oct. 25 Admittedly an outsider, I am often amazed at the heroes and "leaders" supported by the black community. A generation of young black men and women has been decimated by gang activity. Yet they rally around a man (Stanley "Tookie" Williams) who is responsible for the creation of organized black gangs and for the deaths of not just four but thousands of people. Is there not a person more deserving of their support? Following the advice of Bill Cosby would do more for the black community than rallying around gangsters and the leaders who see racism everywhere.
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