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February 7, 1990 | From Associated Press
First Union National Bank on Tuesday stopped distributing copies of a newsletter that referred to Germans as "Huns" and Japanese as "Nips" in an article satirizing fears of foreign investment. The bank also issued apologies about the article appearing in the Feb. 1 edition of the newsletter, which the bank said already had been mailed to about 600 of its customers, after it received media calls asking about the piece. William R.
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July 28, 2012 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Pvt. Danny Chen, a Chinese American infantryman who prosecutors say was hazed and abused by fellow platoon members in Afghanistan, was scheduled to be moved out of the unit less than two days after he killed himself last Oct. 3, his company commander testified at a court-martial Saturday. Capt. Sean Allred said Chen was to be removed from the unit because he was performing poorly as a soldier and was unfit for combat at the dangerous outpost. Allred said he was unaware that Chen was suicidal or that platoon members were alleged to have been hazing the private and humiliating him with ethnic slurs.
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NEWS
February 27, 1993 | Associated Press
A black student admitted scrawling an ethnic slur on his dormitory door and blaming it on drunken vandals, school officials said. Lewis Williams III, 19, was dismissed from Slippery Rock University after admitting his guilt. He was charged with criminal mischief and ethnic intimidation and faces a court hearing on March 22, campus police said. School officials said they could not reveal why Williams wrote the slurs because of a federal law protecting student confidentiality.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2009 | Michael Hiltzik
Since Tiger Woods first hit a fire hydrant outside his home, the most curious thing about l'affaire Woods has been the golf star's clumsy handling of the fallout. There was his refusal to meet with the cops. The truculence of his initial public statement ("my family and I have been hounded"). And then his attempt to make the whole thing go away by talking around it -- on his website, that first statement was headlined, "Tiger comments on current events." On Friday, finally, the first hint arrived that he's getting his mind around what he really needs to do. His statement announcing that he would take an "indefinite break from professional golf" used the word "infidelity."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appeals court has disqualified a judge from a custody case after he called a woman who appeared before him a "Jewish-American princess." Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert D. Monarch apologized to Nanci Rosen Carter, and, noting that he too is Jewish, said he did not intend the remark to be derogatory. Monarch denied he had any bias or prejudice against Carter, and refused to step down from the case. But Carter argued that the judge was clearly biased against her and filed an appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1993
Well, one thing you can say about some politicians in multicultural California: they manage to offend on an equal-opportunity basis. The latest chapter in the saga, "Politicians with Foot-in-Mouth Disease," belongs to Assemblywoman Kathleen M. Honeycutt (R-Hesperia).
NEWS
July 15, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
Sen. Warren B. Rudman (R-N.H.) said Tuesday that his office and the Senate committee investigating the Iran- contra affair had received "ugly ethnic slurs against our chairman," Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), a Japanese-American. A spokesman for Rudman said the senator's office had received between 15 and 20 telegrams, letters or telephone calls in the last few days containing racial slurs referring to Inouye. One telegram said: "You and your Jap chairman are a disgrace to our country."
SPORTS
November 20, 1990 | Associated Press
Indianapolis Colt owner Robert Irsay apologized for referring to a television analyst as a "little Jewish boy." ESPN's Fred Edelstein reported that Colt Coach Ron Meyer would be fired at the end of the season and replaced by Raider assistant Mike White. Asked to comment on the report, Irsay said, "Edelstein's a little Jewish boy and he doesn't know what he's talking about."
NEWS
September 4, 1993 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tense final days of the legislative session were punctuated this week by two incidents that prompted accusations that lawmakers were assailing their colleagues with racial and ethnic slurs. In a passing remark on Friday, Assemblyman Willard Murray (D-Paramount), an African-American, told Assembly Republican Leader Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga that he thought it "was very white of Mr. Brulte" to lift his objections on a procedural point.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2007 | David Zucchino, Times Staff Writer
Three football players at Guilford College, a small Quaker school with a legacy of nonviolence and religious tolerance, have been charged with assaulting three Palestinian students who said they also were subjected to ethnic slurs. Police in Greensboro said the students told them a group of men outside a Guilford dormitory beat them with feet, fists and brass knuckles.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
There's big trouble in the dollhouse. One of the jurors in the Barbie vs. Bratz trial -- in which toy giant Mattel Inc. already has scored a major victory over rival MGA Entertainment Inc. -- was removed Friday for making slurs about the ethnicity of Isaac Larian, the Iranian-born chief executive of MGA. A court order said the juror remarks characterized Iranians as "stubborn, rude" and as "thieves" who have "stolen other person's ideas."
NATIONAL
July 17, 2008 | Stuart Silverstein
The mystery has been cleared up about what else the Rev. Jesse Jackson said last week when he made his crude remarks about Barack Obama. The comment, reported Wednesday morning by the TVNewser blog: "Barack . . . he's talking down to black people . . . telling [black people] how to behave." But he didn't use "black people" on second reference; he used the plural form of the N-word. The initial firestorm concerned Jackson's comments before a July 6 interview on "Fox & Friends."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Don Imus, responding to criticism about racial remarks on his radio program, said on the air Tuesday that he was trying to "make a sarcastic point" about unfair treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system but had been misunderstood. Imus resurrected his radio career six months ago with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by a racist and sexist comment he made about a women's basketball team. On Tuesday he said he was following the spirit of that promise by calling attention to the unfair treatment of blacks -- in this case the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
An e-mail alleging anti-Semitic remarks by the local leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference set off a weeklong firestorm in the Jewish community that was only beginning to cool Friday. The e-mail was sent to friends April 4 by Jewish philanthropist Daphna Ziman after she attended an awards ceremony that day sponsored by the Western Province of Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically African American fraternity. She described the Rev.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2008 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
House Democrats on Tuesday accused the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Julie L. Myers, of trying to cover up events related to a Halloween party last year where she gave a prize for "most original" costume to an employee in blackface and prison garb.
NATIONAL
June 19, 2007 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writers
Sen. Barack Obama scrambled Monday to soothe hurt feelings among some of his strongest supporters after they complained that a memo distributed by his presidential campaign was offensive to Indian Americans. Obama telephoned several Indian American activists to express his regret for the memo, which poked fun at the ties between India and his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1992 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A radio personality who was fired from sports-talk station KMPC-AM (710) for a comedy sketch that was deemed offensive to Asian-Americans has apologized but says he remains shocked by the station management's reaction to the incident. Don Shaw, who hosted a late-night weekend show, was dismissed about two weeks ago after KMPC General Manager Bill Ward got a complaint from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which accused Shaw's program of making a racial slur.
NEWS
May 14, 1990 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of black men shouting racial epithets attacked three Vietnamese men they apparently thought were Korean-Americans early Sunday, clubbing one victim with a baseball bat and fracturing his skull. The incident took place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush less than two days after Mayor David N.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A contestant on the British reality TV show "Big Brother" was kicked off the show after allegedly using a racist slur. Emily Parr, a 19-year-old student, was removed from the show after using a derogatory term about a black contestant Wednesday night, broadcaster Channel 4 said Thursday. The remark was not broadcast live.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
One month after CBS Radio fired radio host Don Imus, it has permanently pulled the plug on a pair of suspended New York shock jocks for a prank phone call rife with offensive Asian stereotypes. "The Dog House With JV and Elvis," hosted by Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay, "will no longer be broadcast," CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo said.
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