June 20, 2011 |
With one Mormon leading the pack for the Republican presidential nomination and another scheduled to announce his candidacy on Tuesday, a significant bloc of American voters continues to oppose followers of that religion, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. About one in five Republicans, or 18%, said they would not vote for a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the official name of the Mormon church. About the same proportion of independents said they would oppose a Mormon while a larger number of Democrats, about 27%, said they were opposed, according to the poll.
May 17, 1992
In P. A. Davis' response (April 19) to "Lipstick Liberation" (by Lindsy Van Gelder, March 15), Davis called it absurd to label homosexuality normal, because single-sex couples lack the biological mechanism for procreation. Davis is a prime example of a bigot making a negative value judgment about something he or she does not understand. If Davis had condemned blacks as intellectually inferior, the letter would have been discarded as antiquated prejudice. That it was printed is a reminder of the continuing acceptance of homophobia and heterosexism in this society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1991
My congratulations for two articles (Feb. 3): The first, "Isolation Painful for Partners of Gays in Service," and second, the article on the Mary Magdalene Project--"Special Mission Helps Women Get Off the Streets." Both indicate a concern for presenting factual information about controversial issues and will help overcome prejudice and stereotyping that cause great pain, fear and hatred. Ignorance and fear continue to divide people and cause so much inhuman behavior. As a retired school principal and one who has worked more than four years as a chaplain in the Los Angeles County Jail Unit for Gays, I know firsthand the importance of working for justice and solutions to the problems of crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2009 |
I can already envision the hate mail this column will generate. Every time I write about anything involving race, my inbox fills with invective -- racial slurs, rants about the "welfare crowd," suggestions that I stop whining, go back to Africa and turn my "affirmative action job" over to some slighted white person. So I know a bit about how Cambridge, Mass., Police Sgt. James Crowley must have felt when he was insulted by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
May 23, 2013 |
Consider "The Painting," the fourth feature by slow-moving 74-year-old French director Jean-François Laguionie, a twee "Wreck-It Ralph. " Inside a primitive portrait, the subjects are divided into three canvas castes: Sketchies, wraith-like creatures made of pencil lines; Halfies, who were left half-painted; and their snobbish overlords, the Alldunns, who sneer at the incompletes from their castle in the upper left corner of the frame. The metaphors keep coming. When an Alldunn boy falls for a Halfie girl, he insists to his pals that their Creator - the painter - will some day return to set the world right.
December 6, 1992
In reference to "It Was Much Too Quiet on 'Malcolm X' Set for Kate Vernon," by Susan King (Off-Centerpiece, Nov. 22): Vernon whines over the way Lee supposedly ostracized her on the set of 'Malcolm X' and how she "never felt part of the process" and couldn't "figure out the psychology of Spike." Welcome to the club! I am sure that African-Americans involved in the business and dealing with white directors and producers go through this humiliation on a much broader scale. This is not to justify prejudices in any way but to make the point that African-Americans are the No. 1 victims of ostracism, and we have never been able to figure out the psychology of white America.