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In every Latino immigrant worker who dons a Walkman, H. Blair Bess sees a customer. The same goes for each Latina telenovela fan who tunes in to the Spanish-language soaps to break the tedium of daily house chores. Ditto for every valet parker. Every janitor. And every Spanish-speaking commuter headed to work on the Southland's congested web of freeways.
April 21, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The United Nations on Monday condemned ethnic killings by South Sudan rebels that left hundreds of people dead last week after the fall of an oil town to the opposition forces. The world body said the killings took place in Bentiu, the hub of the country's main oil producing region in the north.  U.N. spokesman Joe Contreras said in a statement that some members of the rebel Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement in Opposition broadcast hate messages on radio after taking control of Bentiu, urging certain ethnic groups to leave town.
February 27, 1986
I'm probably being very naive and Pollyannaish, but just once it would be refreshing to read that an ethnic group was subordinating its identity and goals to the big picture--what's good for America! I'm sick and tired about reading about Arab-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, etc., etc. It appears that holding on to ethnicity for dear life is more prevalent than it used to be. What has happened to our wonderful melting pot where citizenship, its duties and way of life, was something to be worn with pride?
April 13, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Fiction writers discussed what it means to write novels about characters and cultures with specific ethnic identities, while also debating who is able to tell those stories, in a panel called "Fiction: Writing Culture and Character" at the Festival of Books on Sunday.  Rebecca Walker has written several memoirs, including "Black, White and Jewish," but wrote her first novel last year, about an American who goes to to Africa. Walker said she paid attention to, and made sure not to fall into, the tropes of the noble savage and the privileged American in telling a story that was both "true and subversive.
October 19, 1998
Retire the phrase "ethnic cleansing" and replace it with genocide. JOHN CHEVEDDEN Redondo Beach
November 24, 1996
Re "Latino Is as Latino Does in Office," Commentary, Nov. 17: Frank del Olmo asserts that Latinos vote for Latinos who then must do for Latinos. It follows then that whites must vote for whites who must do for whites, and blacks must vote for blacks who must do for blacks. This is a dangerous, separatist mentality. We need look no further than Bosnia for an example of the type of society it creates. Latinos, Asians, whites and blacks should participate in our society as U.S. citizens, not as part of an ethnic power struggle.
January 25, 1998
Re "Parents Urge Proximity, Not Ethnic Parity" (Jan. 20). By whose edict is it that the Moorpark Unified School District assumes the power to force Anglo-American families of middle to upper incomes, living in the neighborhoods they have chosen, to see their children sent to bring "ethnic balance" to schools in the enclaves wherein immigrants have chosen to settle? Wherein lies the justice in telling the Norte Americano who was here first that he must accommodate to the wants of the foreign-speaking immigrant (or to the wants of the public school administrator who sees his role as that of ethnic mix-master champion of the multiculturalist who abhors the thought of a school populated solely by the white heterosexual Anglo-Saxon Christian of Western European extraction, which graced our public schools only two generations ago?
April 19, 1998
Would somebody please explain to me why, in David Gritten's otherwise straightforward article about a fascinating young writer, Patrick Marber ("He's in the Chips," April 12), it was necessary to refer to the fact that he grew up "in an affluent Jewish family in Wimbledon"? Would the sentence have lost its meaning if he had merely grown up in "an affluent family in Wimbledon"? I, like many other thinking people, am fed up with The Times' constant references to people's ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds, particularly when that has nothing to do with the story.
February 24, 1999
Hooray for Dennis Prager's clear vision and common sense (Commentary, Feb. 22). His commentary calling for the end of ethnic and racial celebrations in our state's schools says it so very, very well. Hyphenated Americanism will eventually bring this country down if it is not checked, and we'll find ourselves living in a hodgepodge of ethnic and racial neighborhoods, balkanized like parts of Eastern Europe. Racial pride and political correctness have run amok in this country during the past few years.
April 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - They fled Kasab at daybreak, amid the clamor of artillery and word that Islamist rebels were advancing toward them from Turkey. About 2,500 residents, most of them ethnic Armenians, gathered documents and what few possessions they could carry. They piled into cars and minibuses that carried them 40 miles down mountain roads to the government-held city of Latakia. Only some elderly remained behind, residents said. "We escaped with the clothes on our back," said one of those who eventually made it to Lebanon.
April 8, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Heavily armed separatists held Ukrainian government buildings and hostages Tuesday as tensions increased sharply and threatened to push a dispute over treatment of the country's ethnic Russians into bloodshed. Ukrainian government officials said pro-Russia separatists had rigged explosives in a building in Luhansk and were holding hostages inside. Officials dispatched a deputy prime minister to another city, Donetsk, to try to negotiate a peaceful solution to the takeover of an administration building in that mining city.
March 28, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
A Los Angeles County sheriff's candidate who is currently one of the department's highest-ranking officials was chastised for using a mock ethnic accent during a joke phone call played at a retirement party, internal sheriff's records show. In the 2010 incident, a recording of which was obtained by The Times, Assistant Sheriff James Hellmold calls a station watch commander, and appears to imitate a vaguely South Asian accent. He criticizes the watch commander while mispronouncing words in a sing-songy rambling rant, according to the recording.
March 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The 40-year debate over affirmative action at state universities generally has been conducted in terms of general principles. At first, advocates emphasized the importance of compensating African Americans (and later others) for the effects of generations of discrimination, while opponents contended that the Constitution must be colorblind. Later, the debate shifted to the claim that there are educational benefits to a racially diverse student body, a rationale for preferences that the Supreme Court grudgingly has accepted.
March 10, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Elephants may be known for their memory, but it turns out they're incredible listeners, too. African elephants who hear human voices can tell people of different sexes, ages and even ethnic groups apart, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Such keen ears are necessary when trying to survive in territory marked by human-elephant conflict. African elephants who live in Amboseli National Park in Kenya share land with  the Maasai people, who raise and herd cattle.
March 1, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan was one of the most ambitious state-building projects that global donors have ever undertaken: Take a newly minted, resource-rich country with some of the world's worst poverty, health and education problems, pour in aid, assistance and diplomatic advice and hope for the best. Instead, the African nation descended into ethnic warfare and chaos in December, less than three years after it won independence. Some now question the wisdom of the U.S. and others in pouring billions of dollars into a place long-racked by staggering corruption, poor governance and ethnic violence.
February 25, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
The Academic Senate at Cal State Los Angeles on Tuesday approved a graduation requirement that students take at least one course focusing on race and ethnicity, after weeks of sometimes acrimonious debate that divided students and faculty. Students would have to take two diversity courses, one of them on race and ethnicity, to complete general education requirements needed for graduation. The motion won on a vote of 33 to 18. For supporters of an ethnic studies requirement the vote was only a partial victory; the 55-member senate previously had rejected a motion that one of the two diversity classes be specifically in an ethnic studies department -- Asian/Asian American studies, Chicano studies, Latin American studies and Pan African studies or in related courses in some other departments.
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