May 1, 1988
Itabari Njeri has stirred up a hornet's nest. The article serves no good purpose. It has no redeeming qualities. Afro-Americans are multicolored, multicultured, non-monolithic race and should be accepted and respected as such. What we had better do is place more emphasis on our Americanism, because we are losing it--losing it, Ms. Njeri, while others who want to be Americans are making far more progress than we are. A. S. DOC YOUNG Los Angeles
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.
July 3, 1988
The article "A Sense of Identity" (by Itabari Njeri, June 5) was an excellent review of the issues interracial children deal with. Growing up in an interracial family, I have seen how one is forced to choose between belonging to the black culture or the white culture. The choice is demanded by a racist society in which individuals feel they must categorize people by race to understand them. More and more people in this country are interracial. If the government would acknowledge this with a new racial category, this would be an excellent beginning to the end of racial stereotyping.
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