July 7, 1991
T imes staff writer Itabari Njeri's commentary on Spike Lee's film "Jungle Fever" ("Doing the Wrong Thing," June 23) has prompted an outpouring from readers, with responses supporting Lee outnumbering those supporting Njeri about 2 to 1. A sampling: A Meaningful Critique Thank God and Itabari Njeri for a meaningful critique of the mean-spirited and racist "Jungle Fever." I am infuriated by the white press's adoration of Lee. Her more complex understanding of black-white love--as love --uplifted me and made me want to say, "Hey, Spike.
April 9, 1989
Re "Intercultural Etiquette" (by Itabari Njeri, April 2), I am an American of Japanese descent and I have been called an Oriental, Asian-American, Japanese-American and a Sansei (third generation Japanese-American). I have also been asked if I was Japanese, Chinese or Korean and whether I knew judo, karate or could make sukiyaki (yes to all three). Am I offended by these labels and questions? Not in the very least. The term racist is overused, especially by political groups against their opponents in heated campaigns.
June 1, 1990
Itabari Njeri, a Times staff writer in the View section, was lauded at the American Book Awards for her new book, "Every Good-bye Ain't Gone." The much-praised portrait of Njeri's own diverse and unusual family was one of almost two dozen works cited Thursday night by judges for making an "outstanding contribution to American literature."
May 28, 1989
Regarding "Fresh Talk," by Itabari Njeri (April 16): I invite Arsenio Hall's critics to consider how, historically, television has made black audiences feel excluded by the jargon, interests, life styles and values portrayed by typical programming. With the shoe on the other foot, perhaps some people will realize how it feels to be on the outside looking in. I applaud Arsenio's real message: that the dividing line between "in" and "out" is the degree to which we are willing to risk caring about one another.
October 21, 1988
I was somewhat amused by the article in View about Martha Pulliam, Dan Quayle's grandmother, and about his comment during the debate that she said you can do anything you set your mind to work for ("Quayle's a Delight to His Wealthy, Whistlin' 'Nana,' " by Itabari Njeri, Oct. 10). I'm not surprised that she couldn't specifically remember the advice she gave her grandson. I think rather she might have told him he could do anything he sets his mind to pay for. I'm sure he had as little identity with the working people then as he has now. WOODY McBREAIRTY Los Angeles
December 26, 1986
Re "Man of Few Words Has His Language Skills Down Pat" by Itabari Njeri (Dec. 11): I am very familiar with All Peoples Christian Center and Church, and I've never read a story that captured the truth and essence and spirit of a place and its people so well. It was really amazing to read that article--it was just like being there, in the heart of the place; she caught everything and everyone, down to the turn of Martha Suzuki's head. Anyone could read that story and know exactly what All Peoples is like, just what it feels like to be there.