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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.
April 24, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's battle against the federal government over land rights took an unexpected detour after a newspaper quoted the 67-year-old grandfather suggesting African Americans were "better off as slaves" because slavery taught work skills and enhanced family life. Bundy, who has waged a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management, insisting he has a right to graze hundreds of head of cattle on public lands without paying fees, has been surrounded by citizen militias that have converged on his ranch in rural Bunkerville after armed federal officials moved in to remove Bundy's cattle.
December 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The president of the San Francisco NAACP says the city needs a "Marshall Plan" to stem the exodus of black residents. The Rev. Amos Brown told a meeting of community leaders Sunday that the mayor should appoint a "czar" to focus on issues facing African Americans living in San Francisco. Brown is a member of a mayoral task force that found that the city's black population dropped from more than 100,000 in 1980 to about 50,000 in 2005. About 750,000 people live in San Francisco.
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