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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.
July 18, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
A new poll shows that black Americans have grown more upbeat about their treatment in society after the reelection of President Obama. Earlier this summer, a record 47% said they were satisfied with how blacks were treated in the country - more than at any other time since Gallup started asking the question in 2001. However, Gallup cautioned that the question was asked before George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin - an event that could dim that rising optimism.
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.
October 25, 1992
How many times must we face the complaint that some movie or TV show did not portray one race or another as someone would like (Letters, Oct. 18)? You are talking about Hollywood; this is not real. Hollywood is not ripping blacks off for profit; they're ripping everyone off for profit. Why did you think they were in business? Imagine the horror if people based their opinion of white people on "The Three Stooges," "Harry and the Hendersons" or the presidential debates.
May 26, 1988
I greatly appreciated the article entitled "What Black/Jewish Split?", Op-Ed Page, May 19. The writers, the Rev. Thomas Kilgore Jr. and Rabbi Alfred Wolf, stress an important point regarding both black and Jewish political and social concerns. I agree with them wholeheartedly when they state that " . . . Perhaps Jews and blacks act no differently from any other interest group in the American body politic." This article was a favorable accompaniment to the front-page article "Signs of Peace Seen as Jews, Jackson Meet."
February 5, 1986
George Will should be told that there is no gene for irresponsibility. This and other unlovely characteristics are bred into people by their culture. A young black girl, confident that she will graduate from high school (chiefly because the public schools taught her how to read), who has every expectation of a job and money to buy pretty clothes and the right to dream of a nice home of her own, isn't going to have one baby after another. She will figure out for herself that all these babies will interfere with the good life she knows can be hers.
September 18, 1990
In response to "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" (editorial, Aug. 30): The "Them vs. Us" game that pits one essentially poor and powerless ethnic group against another one is indeed, as The Times notes, an old game usually played by the white Establishment to preserve power. In this case, the pawns in the game are blacks and Latinos. The twist is that the chess master this time is the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission. Evidently, the commission is prepared to issue a report that claims that blacks are depriving Latinos of top management and supervisory positions at the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew and County USC medical centers which serve the largely black and Hispanic population of South-Central Los Angeles.
June 12, 2000
Re "Blacks Unfairly Targeted in Fight on Drugs, Report Says," June 8: "If this were happening to whites, the policies would change," says Human Rights Watch counsel Jamie Fellner, speaking of the grossly unfair treatment the African American community has received in the so-called drug war. Also, if this were happening to whites, the story would have run where it belongs: on the front page, not relegated to Page 16. The Times editors' choice to...
December 28, 1990
In response to Jesse Jackson's Column Left, "When Blacks Kill Blacks, There's Silence" (Commentary, Dec. 16): Jackson's observation that too much killing is going on is right on target; he misses the mark, though, when he starts in with the racist harangue. Guns of all description are equally available to all comers in our society and in direct proportion to the law of supply and demand. The apparent fact that black people are using them in greater numbers than white people says more about the effect of his excuse-making and blame-laying than the guns themselves.
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