October 13, 1990
I'm fit to be tied over Ray Loynd's Sept. 17 review of the LAAT's "almost flawless" production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." The flaw as Loynd squints to see it is the "beautifully played" performances by Neva Ruschell and Lance Nichols as the upstairs neighbors, which (to him) represent "tinkering" with the untinkerable author because "blacks wouldn't be running in and out of the Kowalskis' flat in 1947 New Orleans." This is outright racist hogwash. Williams says nothing about the racial composition of Stanley's friends and neighbors who live "at the end of the trolley line."
December 28, 2012 |
Tracey White's initial impression of "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino's new slave-era shoot-'em-up extravaganza, could be summed up in three words: smart, funny and ugly. Sitting through a recent screening in Beverly Hills, the L.A. costume designer was mostly absorbed and found herself laughing aloud at particularly outrageous moments. But White, who is black, said her feelings evolved significantly. Two days after reflecting on the matter of slavery and Tarantino's treatment, she pronounced the movie mostly ugly.
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October 7, 2013 |
The number of minorities bitten by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department canines has increased in the last few years, according to a study released Monday. The annual number of dog bites of whites, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans remained low from 2004 through 2012, but similar incidents involving African Americans and Latinos increased in the same period, according to the report. Researchers noted that the vast majority of canine deployments occurred in high-crime areas.
March 23, 2012 |
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said Friday that he's grateful the rest of the country has sat up and taken notice of the tragic slaying of Trayvon Martin. But he can't help but wonder: Why has it taken so long for everyone else to recognize the chronic injustices that African Americans face? "We're surprised that everyone else is surprised," Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. African Americans have tried for decades to get the rest of America to understand their plight, he said, particularly their beliefs that justice is still elusive in many parts of America, especially the Deep South.
December 4, 2013 |
In a new study based on surveys of more than 1,300 government workers in Tennessee, black workers were less likely than white workers to say they felt supported by their coworkers. They also reported having fewer friends at work. And black workers in the study were more likely to report facing routine tasks and getting less autonomy on the job. Yet the black workers surveyed were more likely than white workers to say they felt happiness and other positive emotions at work, the study said.
August 22, 2013 |
Nearly half a century after Martin Luther King Jr. described his dream that someday people would be judged not by their race but by their character, whites think a colorblind society is much closer to reality than blacks, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. The findings underscore the enduring chasm between the way white and black Americans perceive racism and its continued effects, as glaring gaps in wealth and education persist between the races. In a telephone survey of more than 2,200 adults this month, 44% of white respondents said the U.S. had a long way to go before achieving racial equality, compared with 79% of black respondents.
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October 17, 2013 |
Two Latino gang members pleaded guilty Thursday to federal hate crime charges stemming from racially motivated attacks on four black youngsters as part of a campaign of terror aimed at forcing African Americans out of west Compton. The guilty pleas from Jeffrey “Turkey” Aguilar, 20, and Efren “Looney” Marquez, 22, mark the first convictions in the Los Angeles region under the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Prosecutors say the men beat a black teenager on New Year's Eve with a metal pipe and threatened a second juvenile with a gun. Aguilar, Marquez and other Compton 155 gang members then turned their threats and racial epithets toward members of a black household where the teenager had fled.
July 23, 2013 |
A diagnosis of breast cancer is more likely to lead to early death for black women than for white women, a disparity that's mainly the result of having more health problems before cancer develops, new research shows. Of the black women on Medicare who were told they had breast cancer, 55.9% were still alive five years later. That compared with 68.8% of white women who were the same age, lived in the same area and were diagnosed in the same year, according to a study published in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
September 13, 2010
Life expectancy is lower for blacks compared with whites in the United states by about five years, mostly because of more heart disease among blacks. But researchers reported Monday on a shocking disparity in death rates among blacks with muscular dystrophy that is likely due to inequality in healthcare. Muscular dystrophy is an incurable muscle disease that often leads to death in early adulthood due to respiratory or cardiac failure. The study reported Monday in the journal Neurology examined 18,315 deaths associated with muscular dystrophy in the United States over a 20-year period and found that African Americans with the disease die 10 to 12 years before their white counterparts -- a healthcare disparity gap "that is among the largest ever demonstrated," said the authors of an editorial accompanying the study.
July 25, 1999 |
He is arguably the nation's most influential African American televangelist, but for many years, says Pastor Frederick K.C. Price of Crenshaw Christian Center, a lot of blacks "thought I was white." Price, whose Vermont Avenue church is the nation's biggest religious sanctuary, with more than 10,000 seats, eschews the traditional black church's "emotionalism." He prefers opera to gospel music.