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August 5, 1998
Re the Rev. Madison T. Shockley II's July 30 commentary, "Chinese Get the Wrong Message About Blacks": When I read in the article that Shockley was "sure" that there were few blacks at Boeing, Unocal, Xerox or in Palos Verdes, Beverly Hills or the homes in the Valley, I did not know whether to laugh or cry. If the good reverend would go to those places, he would, I know, find that he couldn't be more wrong. As an insurance agent, I see African Americans in all walks of life and living in the places the reverend said there were few. CHRISTOPHER T. HICKS Long Beach Shockley bemoans what he sees as the image of black people painted when Chinese industrialists were taken on a tour of L.A.'s skid row. I think it's Shockley who needs the tour, because all homeless people and those in need of public assistance are not black!
January 25, 1991
Yeaaah, Janet Clayton! I loved the interview with Steele. She asked all the right questions and made all the right points. Go on, girl! She made my Sunday! ELEANOR BROWN Santa Monica
August 14, 1986 | Associated Press
The Soweto-inspired boycott of black schools spread to other townships today, accompanied by sporadic student violence that was the most widespread of the 2-month-old state of emergency.
February 14, 1993
I admire Mario Van Peebles for taking the next step with "Posse." I am tired of films like "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Basic Instinct." I want to see more movies directed by blacks--starring blacks. I hope that other African-Americans realize that we must change the status quo by supporting black films--or run the risk of spending the rest of our viewing lives watching white people live. ROSEMARY C. WATSON Los Angeles
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.
October 25, 1992
Your letters were strongly worded statements clearly blaming racism. One stated that "the more Hollywood presents anyone black as dumb clowns and anyone white as perfect, there will be race wars." I feel compelled to point out that Al Bundy, Homer Simpson and Roseanne are the white clowns. While much can be done to better portray everyone's race, ethnic group or point of view, please realize that blacks do not have a monopoly on being misrepresented or looking stupid. Besides, maybe the first step toward healing is the ability to laugh at ourselves.
June 30, 1991
How many films about poor, struggling white families have been mainstream commercial successes? Somehow, the "politically correct" image of blacks in films has become the street-ghetto stereotype, and if white audiences aren't interested in the plight of poor whites, why would they be interested in poor blacks or poor Latinos or poor Asians? Racial problems are minimized by class and interest similarities. Perhaps a more varied view of black life will result in multiracial audiences for all types of black films.
October 14, 2004
Re "Nov. 2 Is V-Day for Blacks in Florida," Oct. 11: It was with embarrassment and sadness that I read your story. One wonders how many other groups of voters are ignored in this "civilized" world of free elections. We sound like a Third World country that needs monitors, not to protect from fraud but to ensure the same opportunities to all voters. It was interesting that on the same page as the end of the story there was an article about Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson supporting John Kerry.
February 7, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The usually pin-drop-quiet Senate gallery erupted in applause Thursday after William “Mo” Cowan was sworn in as the newest senator from Massachusetts. Vice President Joe Biden administered the noontime oath to Cowan, a Democrat and former chief of staff to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Appointed by the Democratic governor, Cowan will temporarily fill the seat opened by John Kerry's confirmation as secretary of State. A special election will be held June 25 to permanently fill the seat.
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