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January 17, 1997 | JANA J. MONJI
When "Bob Devin Jones: Baldwin Plus Two," a bill of three one-acts at Glaxa Studios, deals with self-discovery and racial identity, it is thoughtful, though not necessarily thought-provoking, entertainment. The first piece, "Red Pumps," and the last, "Black Witness: With Horace the Boy Who Could Fly," nicely balance each other as different takes on the same question of ethnic identity and social concern.
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SPORTS
December 14, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Commentator Rob Parker has been suspended indefinitely by ESPN after he questioned Robert Griffin III's blackness on the television show "First Take" on Thursday. “Following yesterday's comments Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice,” ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said. “We are conducting a full review.” Parker apparently did not think that there would be any repercussions for his racially charged remarks, which included him asking whether Griffin was a "brother" or a "cornball brother.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1996 | MARILYN MARTINEZ
At a three-day human relations retreat for teachers in Malibu, Reyna Gutierrez learned how differently a group of Latino educators can see the world. The Guatemalan-born Gutierrez, 33, had assumed that there would be few variances between herself and the other teachers. But when Latino teachers were separated from other racial groups, the conversation turned to culture.
OPINION
April 10, 2011
Findings on Israel's action against Gaza Re "Goldstone's flip-flop," Editorial, April 5 One innocent civilian death attributable to a war is one too many. But to believe that the occurrence of less than 2,000 Gazan deaths (in a population of about 1.6 million Gazans) because of the war constitutes proof that the Israeli government ordered its military forces to punish, humiliate and terrorize the citizenry while seeking to destroy terrorists and their infrastructure is irrational.
NEWS
October 9, 1995 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN
The closing argument of Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. and the cloud it cast over the O.J. Simpson verdict may have inadvertently strengthened the Republican position in national politics as much as anything Newt Gingrich has done in the last 15 years. The clear underlying message of Cochran's defense was that, whatever the evidence before them, African American jurors should vote to acquit Simpson to "strike a blow against racism" and to "police the police."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1998 | KENNETH R. WEISS
Leave it to the University of California to come up with a "V-chip" to mask the ethnicity of its applicants. UC Board of Regents, which never seems to get beyond thorny racial politics, has decided that its admissions officers will no longer be privy to the race or ethnicity of this year's applicants.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 1991 | CATHY CURTIS
Did you know that there are more extraterrestrials on broadcast TV than Asians, Latinos and American Indians combined? So says "What's Wrong With This Picture?," a 1990 study conducted by Women in Film and the National Commission on Working Women. Few people would argue that what we see in films and on TV tends to reinforce cultural stereotypes rather than challenging them.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2004 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
Latinos who view themselves as white are more likely to be better-educated, earn more, register to vote and vote Republican, according to a national study to be released today on how Latinos identify racially. The study by the Pew Hispanic Center also found some notable regional differences not yet fully understood. For example, in California, 42% of U.S.-born Mexican Americans identified themselves as white, compared with 63% of their ethnic counterparts in Texas.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1991
Thank you for Nina J. Easton's article "The Invisible Women" (Sept. 29). As a black woman enrolled in UCLA's advanced screenwriting course, I've been wondering what to do with my screenplay about a young black woman coming to terms with her racial identity, but now I know. I will burn it, then slit my wrists. ANGELA DE JOSEPH Sherman Oaks
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2003 | Kimberly Cooper Plaszewski
I was dismayed that in her review of "The Human Stain" ("Vital Ideas Are Lost in the Translation," Oct. 31), film critic Manohla Dargis ignored discussing the movie's important racial themes and instead opted to criticize the casting of Anthony Hopkins because he is not black -- even though the character is supposed to look white. I couldn't help but feel Dargis was missing the point. "The Human Stain" is a groundbreaking contribution to the racial debate in America.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2010 | By Oscar Avila
An individual's responses to census questions are confidential, but one of President Obama's answers on the 10-question form adds more fodder to the ongoing conversation about how America sees itself. After media inquiries, the White House confirmed that Obama checked only the racial box that says: "Black, African Am., or Negro," the Associated Press reported. Obama could have checked more than one racial box, given that his father was an African from Kenya and his mother was a white woman from Kansas.
OPINION
October 27, 2007
Re "In the beginning," Opinion, Oct. 21 Gregory Rodriguez was right on in addressing confusion in racial identity and self-racism toward one's own Indian ancestry among many people of Mexican origin. The vast majority of members of Indian reservations in the United States are not full-blooded Indian. They have varying degrees of European ancestry, have European names and can't speak their tribe's indigenous language.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2004 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
Latinos who view themselves as white are more likely to be better-educated, earn more, register to vote and vote Republican, according to a national study to be released today on how Latinos identify racially. The study by the Pew Hispanic Center also found some notable regional differences not yet fully understood. For example, in California, 42% of U.S.-born Mexican Americans identified themselves as white, compared with 63% of their ethnic counterparts in Texas.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2003 | Kimberly Cooper Plaszewski
I was dismayed that in her review of "The Human Stain" ("Vital Ideas Are Lost in the Translation," Oct. 31), film critic Manohla Dargis ignored discussing the movie's important racial themes and instead opted to criticize the casting of Anthony Hopkins because he is not black -- even though the character is supposed to look white. I couldn't help but feel Dargis was missing the point. "The Human Stain" is a groundbreaking contribution to the racial debate in America.
NATIONAL
July 15, 2003 | Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
An analysis of census data released today found that Latinos who defined themselves as "black Hispanics" report having lower incomes, less education and fewer opportunities when compared to those who define themselves as "white Hispanics." The report, "How Race Counts for Hispanic Americans," was prepared by State University of New York at Albany sociologist John Logan using data from the 2000 Census.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2002
Dennis Hall (Calendar Letters, July 6) "misses the boat," not The Times and other media outlets, as he suggests. He seems to be speaking on matters that he knows nothing of. Yes, Halle Berry's mother is white, and, yes, that would make the actress half-white. That however, does not mean that she is not considered a black (which is not un-PC to say, in my opinion) actress. Hall is obviously unclear on the history of the rules of racial identity in the Unites Sates. In the days of African enslavement, American law stated that a person with one-sixteenth African (black)
NATIONAL
April 4, 2010 | By Oscar Avila
An individual's responses to census questions are confidential, but one of President Obama's answers on the 10-question form adds more fodder to the ongoing conversation about how America sees itself. After media inquiries, the White House confirmed that Obama checked only the racial box that says: "Black, African Am., or Negro," the Associated Press reported. Obama could have checked more than one racial box, given that his father was an African from Kenya and his mother was a white woman from Kansas.
MAGAZINE
January 27, 1991
I am from an interracial marriage of a black father and white mother. I applaud all couples who have the courage to stand up to the ignorance and blatant prejudice that still flows through our country. My parents were married in 1961 and had the same, if not more, obstacles. Racial identity was never a problem for my two sisters and me. Yes, we were the only black children in our elementary school in Ventura County. Yes, we were always asked if we were adopted when shopping with our mother.
NEWS
March 13, 2001 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is tempting to liken him to smoke. He coils in and out of view, his presence an omen of danger. Then he evaporates into a sunlit afternoon, while those left behind wonder what it is they have just seen. He is, however, the opposite of ghostly. Many have seen this man up close--while he ordered them to the floor, his gun pointed at their heads. Nameless so far, he is considered the most wanted bank robber in California.
NEWS
November 26, 2000 | EVELYN IRITANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over dinner one night, Kay Johnson told her family she was worried about Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwan-born nuclear scientist accused of spying for China. He had lived in the U.S. for 36 years and was a naturalized citizen. Johnson felt the Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist had been unfairly targeted for prosecution because he was born in an ethnic Chinese country, had traveled frequently to China and had many Chinese friends.
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