February 28, 2014 |
BEIJING - Fresh out of college and facing a mountain of debt, the 21-year-old woman was searching online for jobs when she hit upon a listing that sounded perfect: administrative assistant at a tutoring school in Beijing. She sent in her resume, then reread the ad and noticed that only men were asked to apply for the position. "I got no response, so I called and asked: If I'm qualified but I'm not male, will I still be considered? The woman who answered said if the ad says men only, it's men only," she recalled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1997
Now that the U.S. is getting rid of affirmative action, i.e., discrimination favoring those who have been getting the short end of the stick for centuries, is it going to get rid of the Small Business Administration (discrimination favoring self-styled entrepreneurs), the tax break for mortgage interest (discrimination favoring homeowners) and the Veterans' Administration (discrimination favoring ex-soldiers)? I just thought I should ask. JAMES DEVINE Los Angeles
December 12, 2013 |
Marriage between members of the same sex, a once radical idea, is increasingly accepted even where it hasn't been enshrined in law. But a significant number of Americans continue to object to gay marriage as a matter of religious conviction. Should they be able to act on their beliefs by refusing to do business with gay couples? In the vast majority of cases, the answer must be no. The owners of restaurants, hotels and other public accommodations shouldn't be able to refuse to serve gay couples, married or not, any more than they should be able to deny service to interracial couples or those from different religions.
June 5, 2008
Re "Voters will decide on gay marriage," June 3 I remember when California voters in 1964 passed an initiative to legalize racial discrimination in the sale or rental of housing. The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that to be unconstitutional, just as the courts have banned segregation and laws against mixed-race marriages. Some people railed against these court decisions, but they eventually got back to their own lives. Courts have often led the way in banning discrimination, but hopefully California voters will reject the discriminatory initiative targeting same-sex marriage.
September 11, 1991 |
Eight weeks ago, upon returning home from a Fourth of July weekend at the beach with his wife and daughter, actor Brad Davis pulled out a yellow legal pad and drafted a proposal for a book he never got the chance to write. "The purpose of this book is to reveal what it's like to be infected with HIV, to be receiving treatment, and having to remain anonymous at all costs--chronicling how I have done this for over six years," wrote Davis in spare and simple prose.
June 28, 2013 |
By gutting the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Supreme Court got some of the facts right, but failed to recognize the reality of continuing discrimination against African American voters. What the court got inarguably correct was that times have changed since the signature act of the civil rights era was passed in 1965. In the Southern states and the other jurisdictions whose voting practices were put under authority of the federal government, black Americans are no longer blatantly barred from exercising their constitutional right to cast a ballot to choose their leaders.