October 18, 2009 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton has threatened to sue conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for writing in a column that the civil rights leader had played a role in two New York race riots. In a column Saturday in the Wall Street Journal about his derailed bid to become part-owner of the St. Louis Rams, Limbaugh accused Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson of making comments that helped get him booted from a group that was trying to buy the NFL team. Limbaugh derided Sharpton as having played "a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot" and the "1995 Freddie's Fashion Mart riot."
July 4, 2008 |
AS YOU read St. Louis journalist Harper Barnes' new history, "Never Been a Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked the Civil Rights Movement," it's hard not to zero in on the cold reality that this is a single nation of multiple histories. And some of them are not pretty. Barnes' book centers on a race riot in East St. Louis, Ill., on July 2 and 3, 1917, that killed at least 48 men, women and children, 39 of them black, and destroyed a large swath of mostly black neighborhoods across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
June 17, 2008
Re "In L.A., race kills," Opinion, June 12 Kudos to Sheriff Lee Baca. They say that the first step to curing a problem is to admit that there is a problem. When will the mayor and police chief of Los Angeles wake up and smell the coffee? I think back to the numerous senseless murders of young men and women in the last year -- the athlete killed in L.A., the shootings of innocent people stopped at a light in Torrance or standing at a hamburger stand in L.A. And I recall Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William J. Bratton responding to the media and saying it was gang violence, not racially motivated violence.
May 2, 2007
Re "Forgive and remember," Opinion, April 29 When the race riots hit Los Angeles 15 years ago, I was an Asian American youth growing up 150 miles north of the epicenter. Just like many of my classmates, I was oblivious to the root cause of this uprising. As I came of age, I learned that the tension brought by Korean immigrants moving into neighborhoods fueled the anger of black youths who felt pinned both by the police and a long-term economic recession. This is the very point that Kyeyoung Park and Thomas Burgess are trying to obliterate in their article.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2006 |
In rioting triggered by racial tensions, more than 2,000 inmates went on a four-hour rampage Saturday at a maximum-security jail in Castaic, leaving one prisoner dead and nearly 50 others injured. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies from throughout the area poured into the North County Correctional Facility, and authorities fired tear gas and pepper balls into dormitories before order was restored.
December 7, 2005
The children and sisters of a black woman who was killed during race riots in York 36 years ago will share in a $2-million settlement, city officials announced. The deal would settle the lawsuit that Lillie Belle Allen's family filed against the city and five former police officers, one of whom was more recently the city's mayor.