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December 18, 1997
The first step to better race relations among our many cultures is simple. Just start by saying "Hello." T.A. GRINSTEAD West Covina
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The racist comments purportedly made by Donald Sterling in the audio recording that surfaced Saturday via are the latest in a years-long string of racially charged incidents linked to the real estate mogul. In 2009, Sterling agreed to a $2.765-million settlement in a case that alleged discrimination against African Americans, Latinos and others at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles County. Sterling denied the charges by the Justice Department and in two separate lawsuits by former tenants.
January 12, 1992
Re "Newborn Left in a Can 10 Hours Reported in Stable Condition" (Jan. 3): I commend you on being the most "politically correct" newspaper in the United States. You never show minorities in a bad light on the front page. Sports always has a person of color if a white is featured. However, I think you went over the line by pointing out that the baby left in a can was a "blue-eyed, blond baby." Had it been a dark-eyed, kinky-haired baby, you would have been up to your PC neck in lawsuits.
March 3, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Do yourself a favor: If you care about American politics and race relations and you haven't already seen “12 Years a Slave,” go see it. You will not be sorry. The brutal tale of a 19th century American black man's descent from freedom into slavery deservedly won the best picture Oscar on Sunday. But it hasn't done nearly as well at the American box office as it should have. It has grossed about $49 million in the United States, a relatively modest amount compared with multi-Oscar winner “Gravity,” which has taken in close to $270 million domestically.
September 23, 1990
Pitzer College in Claremont has received a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to fund programs that strengthen racial, ethnic and cultural diversity on campus. Pitzer was among 19 colleges that shared grants of $1.6 million awarded by the Ford Foundation to improve campus race relations and foster intellectual and cultural diversity in American undergraduate education.
January 12, 2000 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
The public is invited to participate Friday evening in a discussion on race relations and ethnicity sponsored by Phillips Graduate Institute/California Family Counseling Center. Community activists, the local business community, educators and high school students are expected to attend the pre-Martin Luther King Day event aimed at improving race relations. Participants will discuss race relations in groups of 10, moderated by a trained facilitator.
March 12, 2000
Your Feb. 22 article "The Antelope Valley's Bad Rap Over Race" contains a glaring omission that would have provided a fuller picture of the race relations in the Antelope Valley. While the article [features] a photo of the Rev. Henry Hearns, it fails to mention that he is a long-term Antelope Valley resident and past mayor and vice-mayor of Lancaster. He is an integral member of the community and has a history of working to resolve all community issues, including hate crime. By failing to fully elaborate on his role in the community, it appears that his interactions in Littlerock are of little significance.
November 19, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
In Britain to promote her film "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey gave an interview to the BBC last week. Not surprisingly, she promoted her movie about race relations in the White House with comments about race relations and the White House. The BBC's Will Gompertz asked: "Has it ever crossed your mind that some of the treatment of Obama and the challenges he's faced and some of the reporting he's received is because he's an African American?" Now there's a fresh take. Either Gompertz has been handcuffed to a radiator in someone's windowless basement for the last five years or, more likely, he was riffing off the suggested questions Winfrey's PR team handed out to interviewers.
October 20, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - It's a wrap for Gov. Jerry Brown, Sacramento's leading man. He closed out the 2013 legislative session by addressing the last of 901 bills sent him by lawmakers: signing 805 and vetoing 96 others. With a sometimes bill-a-minute voting frenzy behind them, legislators now want to slow down and think about a range of problems that dog California. Assembly and Senate committees are holding "interim hearings" around the state. Among the more engaging topics: "Human Rights, Diversity and Race Relations," "Threats to the Pacific Ocean," "Military Sexual Trauma" and "Defense and Aerospace Industry's ability to remain competitive in California.
September 18, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
In "The Butler," director Lee Daniels sets the table with a great deal of care, especially because it unfolds during the volatile years of desegregation. It stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a White House butler privy by sheer proximity to a series of presidents during the contentious Civil Rights era. Wife Gloria (Oprah Winfrey) keeps the home fires burning, while the irony in her observations is stinging. The film tackles the big picture of changing race relations, a time awash in protests and flames.
November 13, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Ellen Douglas, a Mississippi native whose novels were widely praised for their portrayal of the racially conflicted South, died Wednesday in Jackson, Miss., after an extended illness. She was 91. Her death was confirmed by Steve Holland, a funeral home director in Tupelo, Miss. Set in Mississippi, Douglas' writing dealt candidly with race relations, families and the role of women. She wrote 11 books, including six novels and several collections of short stories and essays. Her third novel, "Apostles of Light," was a 1973 National Book Award nominee.
August 1, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti is neck-and-neck with City Controller Wendy Greuel in the fundraising race for next year's mayoral campaign. According to records filed with the city's Ethics Commission on Tuesday, the two candidates have each raked in more than $2.2 million since the campaign began, with Garcetti outpacing Greuel by a mere $322.31. The candidates are vying to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who must step down next summer because of term limits. Other contenders in the race include City Councilwoman Jan Perry, who has raised roughly half the amount collected by Garcetti and Greuel, and former federal prosecutor Kevin James, who has raised one-tenth of that amount.
June 17, 2012 | Joe Mozingo and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Rodney King never set out to be a James Meredith or Rosa Parks. He was a drunk, unemployed construction worker on parole when he careened into the city's consciousness in a white Hyundai early one Sunday morning in 1991. While he was enduring the videotaped blows that would reverberate around the world, he wanted to escape to a nearby park where his father used to take him. He simply wanted to survive. PHOTOS: Rodney King | 1965- 2012 He did survive, but the brutal beating transformed the troubled man into an icon of the civil rights movement.
June 12, 2012 | By Michael McGough
Besieged Attorney General Eric Holder (“Besieged” is almost part of his official title these days) told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that he's not sure whether he would remain in his post in a second Obama administration. If he did leave, it would deprive conservatives of a favorite punching bag. Holder has antagonized the right on a litany of subjects, from Fast and Furious to the New Black Panther Party to hobnobbing with Al Sharpton to his lecture about how Americans are cowards in discussing race..
June 10, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," a sharp-toothed satirical drama about the vagaries of race and real estate, won for best play, and "Once," a starry-eyed romance centered on an Irish street musician and a Czech immigrant flower seller, topped the best musical category at Sunday's 66th Tony Awards. The work of three legends of the American theater, playwright Arthur Miller and the song-writing brothers George and Ira Gershwin, reaped multiple honors. Miller's blue-chip middle-American tragedy "Death of a Salesman" won for revival of a play.
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