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April 4, 2011 | Gregory Rodriguez
It could have been a historic teaching moment. Instead, President Obama, the most famous mixed-race person in the world, checked off only one race — black — last year on his census form. And in so doing, he missed an opportunity to articulate a more nuanced racial vision for the increasingly diverse country he heads. The president also bucked a trend. Last month, the Census Bureau announced that the number of Americans who identified themselves as being of more than one race in 2010 grew about 32% over the last decade.
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December 16, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
The Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday: $586 million. The odds of winning: 1 in 259 million. Sounds good; count me in. Yes, lottery fever is sweeping the nation - or at least that part of the nation that takes part in the Mega Millions game (the game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wouldn't want to leave the Virgins out, right?). Somehow, I can't help but think that if the Obama administration had modeled the roll-out of Obamacare after the lottery, everyone in the country would've signed up by now - many more than once.
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NEWS
November 4, 1987 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
President Pieter W. Botha and influential Zulu Chief Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, frequent political rivals, appeared together Tuesday for the first time in more than two years to launch a multiracial regional advisory body for Natal province. Botha described the 10-member Joint Executive Authority as an experiment "I am convinced . . . can succeed."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Bob Drogin and Scott Kraft
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela, who emerged from more than a quarter of a century in prison to steer a troubled African nation to its first multiracial democracy, uniting the country by reaching out to fearful whites and becoming a revered symbol of racial reconciliation around the world, died at his home Thursday. He was 95. Long before his release from prison in 1990, at age 71, Mandela was an inspiration to millions of blacks seeking to end the oppression of more than four decades of apartheid, and his continued incarceration spawned international censure of South Africa's white-minority government.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1991
Being of both Japanese and Irish ancestry, I was drawn to your article on Houston. People have often taken me to be Hispanic or Native American. This left me feeling like an outsider, a freak, a "half-breed" (as people have called me). Some consider my ethnic background and appearance intriguing, others loathe it, and it was not until junior high school that I finally realized that being multiracial is not a curse. Houston's courage and drive to overcome racism and to promote multiracial understanding through the arts give me hope that people will not think of us as "half-breeds" but as fellow Americans who happen to be of mixed ancestry.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1991
How many films about poor, struggling white families have been mainstream commercial successes? Somehow, the "politically correct" image of blacks in films has become the street-ghetto stereotype, and if white audiences aren't interested in the plight of poor whites, why would they be interested in poor blacks or poor Latinos or poor Asians? Racial problems are minimized by class and interest similarities. Perhaps a more varied view of black life will result in multiracial audiences for all types of black films.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1990
In the latest edition of Time magazine, it states that in the 115-year history of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, there has been only white men elected to it. Can you imagine that? This is the most multiracial county in the nation and yet we have the most enduring bastion of white supremacy in the country. It is also the most undemocratic political entity since it has broad legislative, executive and semi-judicial powers unlike any in the nation. Why do we allow this to go on?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1990
I am writing to commend the article which Dolo Brooking wrote (Counterpunch, Dec. 17) regarding the importance of making arts funding more representative of the wide range of local communities. It is imperative that funding decisions at all levels come to reflect greater awareness of the multicultural and multiracial diversity of American and world society. Brooking admonishes the NEA to transcend what she calls "a rarefied Eurocentric perspective" and to award funds in a way that reflects a broader cultural appreciation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1986
It now appears that a National Basketball Assn. team will emerge either in Miami or San Diego. Santa Ana's involvement is likely a fruitless dream. Unfortunately, this is history repeating itself. South Coast Plaza, Disneyland and the Angels could also have been a Santa Ana product. However, the self-interest of a relatively small group of people apparently attempting to preserve the relative stagnation in Santa Ana has prevailed. Literally hundreds of thousands of people would have benefited had an NBA team been earned by Santa Ana. Employment, educational and cultural opportunities resulting from such exposure have been lost.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1992
On May 3, I took my three children to the worst hit areas of our city to help clean up and deliver survival supplies. What a wonderful sight: multiracial children working side by side and discussing what has happened and possible solutions. I now cannot help but reflect on two so-called leaders of our community. These leaders have set the worst possible example. These two men have not worked together in the past, and at the very critical first moments of turmoil did not directly communicate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013
The number of Americans who consider themselves multiracial has grown faster than any other racial group nationwide, new Census Bureau data reveal. The change is a sign of slow but momentous shifts in the way Americans think about race. Mixed-race or multiracial people are still just a small slice of the American public, but their numbers jumped 6.6% between 2010 and 2012 - four times as fast as the national population, according to new estimates from the   U.S. Census Bureau . Experts say their ranks will only continue to swell.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2012 | Sandy Banks
Her husband's family history became the narrative underpinning of his political rise — the white mother from Kansas, the black Kenyan father, the Midwestern grandparents who helped raise Barack Obama. But for as long as we've known Michelle Obama, she has been simply, irrefutably black — the first descendant of slaves to reside in the White House; a daughter of working-class South Side Chicago. "American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama" offers up a more complicated story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Madison Richardson had no clue that Los Angeles was burning. On April 29, 1992, the head and neck surgeon was touring the Griffith Park Equestrian Center with polo-playing friends from India. A colleague paged him. Could Richardson rush to Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood to help care for a young truck driver who was near death after a beating? Oh, and, by the way, had Richardson been watching TV? No? Then find one and turn it on. What Richardson saw reminded him instantly of the chaos he witnessed during the Watts riots in 1965 and the Washington, D.C., riots in 1968.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - New Yorker drama critic John Lahr set off a social media firestorm in December with a blog comment that called for a moratorium on those "infernal all-black productions of Tennessee Williams plays unless we can have their equal in folly: all-white productions of August Wilson. " The theater community, as viewed from my portal on Facebook, found the comparison not just inept but inflammatory. Emily Mann, who happens to be directing the multiracial Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker that opens later this month at the Broadhurst Theatre, however, refused to take the bait when we spoke during a rehearsal break in March.
OPINION
April 4, 2011 | Gregory Rodriguez
It could have been a historic teaching moment. Instead, President Obama, the most famous mixed-race person in the world, checked off only one race — black — last year on his census form. And in so doing, he missed an opportunity to articulate a more nuanced racial vision for the increasingly diverse country he heads. The president also bucked a trend. Last month, the Census Bureau announced that the number of Americans who identified themselves as being of more than one race in 2010 grew about 32% over the last decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Growing up in Indonesia, Maya Soetoro-Ng often felt too American. Although she adored her native land's traditional gamelan music and shadow puppets, spiced cuisine and Hindu epics, her manner was too loud, too irreverent — hallmarks, she said, of being raised by a strong American mother. But when she entered the Jakarta International School at age 12, the only student of Indonesian ancestry, she felt too Indonesian. She was more reserved than the confident, boisterous Americans she met there and later in Hawaii, she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT
Color this multiracial vocal quartet boring. On the plus side, they bring the harmonious doo-wop sounds of such vocal groups as the Chi-Lites into the '90s, suitably hip-hopped up, laced with racy raps and danceable grooves. But the vocals aren't polished and the raps are downright lame. All their big hit, "I Wanna Sex You Up," has going for it is sexy lyrics. If you're looking for solid dance grooves, only a few songs deliver.
NEWS
July 11, 1991
Re "He Looks Like Me" (July 7): Although it was heartening to see an article about Amerasians in View, I was disappointed that The Times offered a narrow definition. The term Amerasian was coined by Pearl Buck to refer to half-Japanese and half-Korean children born either in or out of wedlock during the U. S. occupation of Japan and after the Korean Conflict. The term referred to all multiracial Asians, whether their American half was Anglo, African-American or Latino.
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