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January 2, 2005 | Michael Lewis, Michael Lewis is the author, most recently, of "Moneyball."
This evening we make the mistake of keeping the children out past their bedtimes. Driving home -- they in back, screaming at the tops of their lungs; we in front, losing our minds -- Tabitha shrewdly mentions Santa Claus. It will be the first Christmas every member of our family understands English, and so it is also the first Christmas that Santa can be used to bribe and to blackmail. "Santa's watching to see if you're being good," Tabitha says. "Do you think you are being good?"
January 14, 2004 | Mitchell Landsberg and Daren Briscoe, Times Staff Writers
Built in response to the Watts riots, Martin Luther King Jr./Charles R. Drew Medical Center has a long and proud tradition as an institution run by and for African Americans. But with the hospital foundering, one of the region's most powerful black leaders suggested Tuesday that it was time for colorblind stewardship at King/Drew.
September 28, 2003 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
It's the other hotly contested issue on the Oct. 7 ballot. Along with a decision on the political future of Gov. Gray Davis, Californians will vote that day on Proposition 54, which would amend the California Constitution to stop the state from collecting and using most kinds of racial and ethnic data. The initiative, though overshadowed by the gubernatorial recall, has nonetheless generated heated, occasionally bitter, debate about what many believe to be its potentially far-reaching effects.
September 20, 2003
As long as we view ourselves and others through the lens of our skin color we will continue to suffer from the balkanization of our society along lines of color, race, ethnicity. Proposition 54 would not undermine any of the issues your Sept. 15 editorial describes. Medical research is specifically exempted. The proposition does not prohibit local law enforcement from tracking traffic stops or other activities. Anything that would affect federal funding is specifically exempted, as well.
September 16, 2003 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The University of Arizona is trying hard to coax students to college sporting events. For $35, students can purchase a football season-ticket plan that includes year-long access to home volleyball, women's basketball, baseball and softball games -- plus a U of A T-shirt. But throwing in the shirt isn't much of an incentive, according to Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star. The shirt is blue and, noted Hansen, "UA fans have been wearing red in support of their teams since, what, 1937?"
September 1, 2003 | J.P. Gownder
Colin Powell is not black. Nor is Halle Berry. Tiger Woods, with an Asian mother and mixed-race African American father, isn't black either. At least, this is the reductionist assumption underlying Proposition 54, the so-called Racial Privacy Initiative, on the Oct. 7 ballot. The initiative would prohibit any government agency in California from collecting data on race, ethnicity, color or national origin.
July 31, 2003 | James Q. Wilson, James Q. Wilson is professor emeritus at UCLA and lectures at Pepperdine University. His books have covered politics, criminal justice, marriage and morality. He recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
It's easy to condemn discrimination, segregation and racism. It's harder to agree on what practical steps are needed to combat them. We all believe that everybody should be judged on his or her own merits, but many people, including a majority of Supreme Court justices, say race should be used as a "plus factor" in admitting students to public universities.
May 28, 2003 | Steve Lopez
Ward Connerly is at it again. First the University of California regent led the charge against affirmative action at the university. Then he sponsored Proposition 209, which barred racial and gender preferences for all state institutions. Now Connerly, like an incurable pyromaniac, is fanning the flames with a somewhat vague state initiative that would prohibit public agencies from gathering racial data and conducting certain kinds of race-based research.
December 22, 2002 | JOHN BALZAR
Progress usually starts with an argument. But we don't get far until we reach an agreement. For that reason, we can say "thank you" to Trent Lott. By letting slip his bitter nostalgia for segregation and falling on his sword, Lott pulled down the camouflage. Bigots suddenly have less room to hide in American politics. The perfidious wink-and-nod tolerance of bigotry in the Republican Party has been exposed and denounced -- finally from within as well as from without. That's a step forward.
July 7, 2001
Re "Multiethnic Movies Ringing True With Youths," July 2: Most of us who teach about race relations in the United States do not advocate a "colorblind" society, that is, one in which we are blind to each other's color and ethnicity. Rather, we envision a society that respects and truly appreciates difference. I certainly don't want anyone to be blind to my ethnicity, since it is a core part of my public and personal identity. Robert W. Welkos and Richard Natale are misled when they write that "the studios have only begun to catch up with the colorblind nature of today's MTV generation."
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