April 25, 2004 |
Apartheid was on its way out when Times staff writer Scott Kraft first met the Van der Merwes of Krugersdorp, one of the white families relinquishing political power, and the Maimanes of Soweto, one of the black families about to gain it. As South Africa celebrates 10 years of democracy this week, he revisited the two families. * LONEHILL, South Africa -- Willie and Celeste van der Merwe, as descendants of the original white settlers of South Africa, were a privileged species.
February 16, 2004 |
A student group at Roger Williams University in Bristol is offering a scholarship for which only white students are eligible, a move they say is designed to protest affirmative action. The application for the $250 award requires an essay on "why you are proud of your white heritage" and a recent picture to "confirm whiteness." Jason Mattera, 20, president of the College Republicans, the group offering the scholarship, said the group is parodying minority scholarships.
December 28, 2003 |
President Bush's overwhelming strength among white men looms as a central obstacle between Democrats and the White House as 2004 approaches. In an election season heavily shaped by terrorism and national security, several recent polls suggest Bush could dominate white male voters as thoroughly as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush did during their three successive presidential victories in the 1980s.
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September 26, 2003 |
Except for the victim's ties to a famous family, the killing of Yetunde Price was distressingly typical for Compton, a late-night gang shooting with witnesses telling conflicting accounts. But the arrest of suspect Aaron Hammer, 24, handed investigators a rare surprise: Hammer is white. The detail was at once trivial and striking. Price, the half sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, was the victim of gang violence, police said.
March 30, 2003 |
Under apartheid, homelands were created to isolate and repress blacks. Here in the crackling heat of the high bush, where jackals and antelope roam wildflower-carpeted mountains, some South Africans are dreaming of another kind of homeland: for white people. Not just any white people, but conservative white Afrikaners who feel displaced by black majority rule and say their Bible abhors the racial mixing that is a feature of the new South Africa.
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December 6, 2002 |
Minority voting rates statewide are so low that by 2040, when nonwhites will be two-thirds of the population, whites could still represent a majority of voters, an analysis shows. The analysis reinforces past findings that black and Latino voter rates are stunted by lower socioeconomic status and citizenship rates -- but voting by Asians, who tend to be relatively well off, is surprisingly low.
November 11, 2002 |
Hey there's a concept that works / 20 million other white rappers emerge / But no matter how many fish in the sea / It'd be so empty without me -- from "Without Me," by Eminem Rapper Eminem's lyrics exaggerate the number, but the best-selling solo rap artist in history crisply captures the music industry's quest to copy his cross-racial success. Record labels have spent a small fortune signing about half a dozen white rappers with names such as Tow Down, Genovese and Hot Karl.
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June 10, 2002 |
Mary Ellen Burton-Christie is angry about the way Roman Catholic leaders have handled the church's sex scandals, and she used her weekly offering Sunday to express her displeasure: She wrote "parish only" on her check, withholding her money from the Los Angeles Archdiocese in an attempt to spark change in the church hierarchy. Salvador Hernandez said he was saddened, not angered, by the scandals and would not take it out on the archdiocese.
November 22, 2001 |
The Illinois Supreme Court dealt a legal blow to a white supremacist Wednesday, upholding a state law that requires charities to register and report their finances to the government. The court rejected Matt Hale's argument that the law is unconstitutionally vague. Illinois Atty. Gen. Jim Ryan sued Hale's World Church of the Creator in 1999 for failing to register as a charity and disclose its finances.
September 14, 2001 |
Life expectancy is about six years shorter for blacks than whites, and homicide is a leading contributor to the racial gap, a government study said Thursday. Homicide adds about seven months to the gap, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in what it called the first report analyzing life expectancy by race and cause of death. Overall life expectancy is about 75 years for whites and 69 years for blacks, the report said.