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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1991
As a fourth-generation Californian, I do not forgive Americans of Japanese extraction for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. How can I forgive anyone for something they were/are not responsible for? I feel that it's time for all Americans to start acknowledging (and acting upon) the difference between those who actually commit acts and those who belong to a racial or religious group, some of whose members commit acts. Iranian-Americans living in the United States during the hostage crisis were not responsible for what was happening in their country of origin.
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September 3, 2011
It's not often that a publicist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sends this warning before an advance tour of a new exhibit: You'll be walking on a dirt floor, so choose your footwear accordingly. But the carpet of dirt on the gallery floor is the least unusual aspect of Edward Kienholz's "Five Car Stud," an installation piece depicting four white men pinning down and castrating a black man. It opens to the public Sunday. For the piece, which was completed in Los Angeles in 1972, last viewed publicly in Germany that year, then kept in storage in the Japanese museum that now owns it, this exhibition is a homecoming.
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NEWS
December 16, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gail Williams recalls the day she first wandered down the main drag of this two-stoplightlight Mojave Desert town, marveling at the rock-strewn beauty of the landscape, taking in deep breaths of clean country air. For the North Carolina transplant, exploring the isolated community turned into love at first sight. But she soon suspected the feeling was far from mutual.
WORLD
August 24, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter, Los Angeles Times
Encouraged in part by outspoken clergy and Pope Benedict XVI, leading figures among France's Roman Catholic conservatives are distancing themselves from their political ally, President Nicolas Sarkozy, arguing that his policies toward Roma migrants and others fuel racial intolerance. Already weakened by consistently low popularity ratings, Sarkozy had provoked stiff criticism from opponents on the left, as well as the United Nations, for deporting some Roma and dismantling their camps in the name of crime prevention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2000
Paul Weingarten states in his March 16 letter on Dr. Laura Schlessinger that he believes people have "a right and indeed an obligation to challenge and even suppress ideas known to lead to murderous violence, such as racial intolerance, anti-Semitism and yes, homophobia." I don't know what communist state Weingarten resides in, but here in the United States, he has only the right to challenge ideas, not suppress them. As citizens of this fine country, we have the constitutional right to express any ideas, including racial intolerance, anti-Semitism, homophobia and hate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1995
As the parent of a child who attends Aliso Niguel High School and as the PTA president of one of the two elementary schools located in the community of Aliso Viejo, I take strong exception to the letter "Campus Hate Crime Demands Attention" (May 28), by Tyson Reyes. Mr. Reyes describes himself as being angry, fearful, "sickened and outraged" that a racial disturbance could have taken place at our community high school. What Mr. Reyes fails to note is that the May 19 incident that took place at Aliso Niguel High School was actually an outgrowth of a disturbance that occurred during the previous weekend at a fast-food restaurant in a neighborhood shopping mall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1990
In response to "Call Racism by Its Real Name," by Mark Ridley-Thomas (Commentary, Sept. 15): Unfortunately, social activists like Ridley-Thomas tend to lose their objectivity in their zeal to challenge society on issues such as race-related crime. To those of us who prefer facts over rhetoric, there are certainly missing pieces to the puzzle of the Amber Jefferson story that prevent a conclusive determination about the motives of those involved in the confrontation. Was this another of the epithet-strewn street fights in the greater Los Angeles area, blown out of proportion because of the simple race of the combatants?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1994
The honors bestowed on Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" at last week's Academy Awards focused worldwide attention on the intractable, generations-old problem of ending religious and racial intolerance. That problem is particularly acute in Southern California, with its myriad communities. Hate crimes locally are at an all-time high, fueled by a sour economy, immigration and fear of the unknown, says Rick Eaton, who tracks white supremacy groups for the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2000
Re "Schlessinger Apologizes for Gay Comments," March 11: Conservative commentators who defend Dr. Laura Schlessinger's right to express her anti-gay views also criticize perceived enemies of free speech on the left who want to suppress her scheduled fall television show. These self-proclaimed defenders of free speech in all probability also agree with her on the moral status of homosexuality. However, it is also a right and indeed an obligation to challenge and even suppress ideas known to lead to murderous violence, such as racial intolerance, anti-Semitism and yes, homophobia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS
What kind of person would bomb the federal building in Oklahoma City? A person not too different from you or I, Dr. Louis West, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA, told about 150 middle and high school students and another 100 members of Temple Judea in Tarzana on Tuesday. The temple's Sisterhood held its 18th annual interfaith program on "Intolerance in America," focusing on hate groups that have begun to spread their messages via the Internet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2000
Paul Weingarten states in his March 16 letter on Dr. Laura Schlessinger that he believes people have "a right and indeed an obligation to challenge and even suppress ideas known to lead to murderous violence, such as racial intolerance, anti-Semitism and yes, homophobia." I don't know what communist state Weingarten resides in, but here in the United States, he has only the right to challenge ideas, not suppress them. As citizens of this fine country, we have the constitutional right to express any ideas, including racial intolerance, anti-Semitism, homophobia and hate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2000
Re "Schlessinger Apologizes for Gay Comments," March 11: Conservative commentators who defend Dr. Laura Schlessinger's right to express her anti-gay views also criticize perceived enemies of free speech on the left who want to suppress her scheduled fall television show. These self-proclaimed defenders of free speech in all probability also agree with her on the moral status of homosexuality. However, it is also a right and indeed an obligation to challenge and even suppress ideas known to lead to murderous violence, such as racial intolerance, anti-Semitism and yes, homophobia.
NEWS
December 16, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gail Williams recalls the day she first wandered down the main drag of this two-stoplightlight Mojave Desert town, marveling at the rock-strewn beauty of the landscape, taking in deep breaths of clean country air. For the North Carolina transplant, exploring the isolated community turned into love at first sight. But she soon suspected the feeling was far from mutual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1998
Regarding "County Pays $300,000 in Adoption Lawsuit," April 30: In 1990 and 1991 my husband and I attempted to adopt through the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. We were willing to adopt children of any ethnicity, sibling groups as large as four children and older children as well. Surprisingly, there were no children for us. Our social worker told us that because we were Caucasian, we could only adopt Caucasian children. When I inquired about mixed-race children, I was told that children could be placed only with the "predominant" race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1996 | DONNA MUNGEN, Donna Mungen of Altadena writes for several national publications
It was March 12, 1967, the only Sunday morning I saw during my entire sophomore year at Howard University; sleeping until mid-afternoon allowed me to shake off my customary hangover. I saw my choice not to party that Saturday night as a tremendous sacrifice; an entire night of sleep would ensure my attendance at an 8 a.m. Sunday service to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS
What kind of person would bomb the federal building in Oklahoma City? A person not too different from you or I, Dr. Louis West, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA, told about 150 middle and high school students and another 100 members of Temple Judea in Tarzana on Tuesday. The temple's Sisterhood held its 18th annual interfaith program on "Intolerance in America," focusing on hate groups that have begun to spread their messages via the Internet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1998
Regarding "County Pays $300,000 in Adoption Lawsuit," April 30: In 1990 and 1991 my husband and I attempted to adopt through the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. We were willing to adopt children of any ethnicity, sibling groups as large as four children and older children as well. Surprisingly, there were no children for us. Our social worker told us that because we were Caucasian, we could only adopt Caucasian children. When I inquired about mixed-race children, I was told that children could be placed only with the "predominant" race.
NEWS
December 12, 1985 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
A libel suit against the City of Monterey Park and Councilwoman Lily Lee Chen over a sign in a closed gas station that Chen called "racist" has been dismissed by a Pasadena Superior Court judge. After a hearing last week, Judge Daniel Fletcher ruled that Chen was immune from libel action because she was acting in an official capacity and because she was merely expressing an opinion, not alleging a fact.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1996
The subject was "Intolerance in America," focusing on hate groups that have begun to spread their messages via the Internet. Afterward, Danny Rubenstein, a seventh-grader at Sierra Canyon Middle School in Chatsworth, said, "I never understood [racial intolerance] until today." About 150 middle and high school students and an additional 100 members of Temple Judea in Tarzana attended the temple's 18th annual interfaith program Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1995
As the parent of a child who attends Aliso Niguel High School and as the PTA president of one of the two elementary schools located in the community of Aliso Viejo, I take strong exception to the letter "Campus Hate Crime Demands Attention" (May 28), by Tyson Reyes. Mr. Reyes describes himself as being angry, fearful, "sickened and outraged" that a racial disturbance could have taken place at our community high school. What Mr. Reyes fails to note is that the May 19 incident that took place at Aliso Niguel High School was actually an outgrowth of a disturbance that occurred during the previous weekend at a fast-food restaurant in a neighborhood shopping mall.
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