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June 21, 1998
In his June 11 commentary denouncing white racism, David Bradley offers several horrific examples to make his case. He never mentions any equally horrific hate crimes where whites are the victims. The tone of his article seems to be that racism is only the province of whites. According to the Clinton Justice Department, which is about as politically correct an agency as you can get, 90% of interracial violence is perpetrated by blacks against whites. Given such a statistic, only the incredibly naive or those with an agenda would deny that in many of these instances whites were targeted because of the color of their skin.
April 26, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and David Zahniser
A recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making racist remarks emerged weeks before he was to be honored by the NAACP in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People had been scheduled to give Sterling the group's lifetime achievement award at its May 15 banquet. At that event, the NAACP chapter also planned to give its first "person of the year" awards to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Rev. Al Sharpton, according to the organization's website.
August 29, 2013
Re "Stark gap in views on racial equality," Aug. 23 Surely no one is shocked that, according to a recent Pew Research Center report, a majority of whites in the U.S. believe racism is a non-issue. Asking whites about racism only reflects wishful thinking that the problem of race has gone away, but this warrantless belief has no objective value in the discussion of race. It puzzles me why there continue to be studies showing what we already know: that no person can intuit another's experience.
April 15, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
Last week, the president's lap dog blew his dog whistle (a dog whistle, if you didn't know, is coded language intended for a special constituency). Speaking to the National Action Network, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said, "The last five years have been defined … by lasting reforms even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity. " He continued: "If you don't believe that, you look at the way - forget about me, forget about me. You look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee....
July 27, 2013
Re "Racist, raunchy jokes at sheriff's event," July 25 I was a bit dismayed by the justification provided for condoning racist, raunchy jokes at a "bonding" event attended by L.A County sheriff's deputies. One official said the jokes were "evenhanded" and not targeted at a particular race. What a great idea, bonding by laughing at everyone in the community they serve. This does not inspire confidence. Mark Von der Heide Burbank ALSO: Letters: Why Caroline Kennedy?
June 30, 2009 | HECTOR TOBAR
I struck a nerve two weeks ago when I suggested that all Americans, Latinos especially, owe a collective thank you to black people for their struggles for equality. Recognizing this truth, and teaching our children that black people fighting for their own freedom helped free all of us, I argued, can help combat intolerance in communities where blacks and Latinos live side by side. I got more than 300 messages, mostly positive. Dozens of black people thanked me for "saying what someone . . .
July 5, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Every morning during television coverage of the World Cup, on the Mexican equivalent of the "Today" show, co-hosts chat, trade barbs and yuck it up. Behind them, actors in blackface makeup, dressed in fake animal skins and wild "Afro" wigs, gyrate, wave spears and pretend to represent a cartoonish version of South Africa. Yes, in the 21st century, blackface characters on a major television network. But this is Mexico, and definitions of racism are complicated and influenced by the country's own tortured relationship with invading powers and indigenous cultures.
April 4, 1987
I agree with the basic premise of Haywood's article that racism is not dead. Racism will undoubtedly never completely disappear; it will continue to ebb and flow for the duration of man's existence. Our task is to make sure that it ebbs more than it flows. But in his discussion of white apathy, in which Haywood compares himself to Chicken Little, he would have done well to consider another fable, that of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. The charge of racism, often hard to prove or disprove, has been made countless times over the years.
April 19, 1989
As usual you missed the mark and fell short of the target in your editorial analysis of racism on campuses. Believe it or not, there are no panacean halls absent racism in today's American society, be it college institutions, employment, sports or entertainment. We as black people are "married" to racism and not unlike a marriage we deal with the problems it breeds on a daily basis. Black people are "estranged" in that marriage when we continually watch the white power structure make decisions that are not in our best interest and continue to victimize us and our children.
March 28, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Satirist Stephen Colbert is under fire for what some people are calling a racist tweet sent from the account of his show, "The Colbert Report. "  The original message, posted Thursday afternoon but now deleted, was a play on Asian stereotypes. It was pulled directly from a segment on Wednesay's show (posted below) mocking Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for responding to pressure to change his team's name by instead setting up a charity to aid Native Americans . The tweet read, "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.
March 13, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Sam and Samuel - together again. KTLA-TV entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, who gained what he called "global" notoriety last month after Samuel L. Jackson blasted him for confusing the African American actor with Laurence Fishburne during a live interview, faced off with Jackson for the first time since the blowup. Rubin spotlighted his chat with Jackson on a "KTLA Morning News" segment Thursday morning that apparently was meant to take a swipe at some of the harsh criticism Rubin has received over the earlier Jackson interview.
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.
February 27, 2014 | By Stacey D'Erasmo
The risks that Helen Oyeyemi takes in her fifth novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," are astonishing in their boldness. "Nobody ever warned me about mirrors," begins the narrator, Boy, a pale white girl in Manhattan's East Village whose rat-catcher father beats her until she runs away to a small town in Massachusetts and marries a man she doesn't love. It is 1953. The man she doesn't love, a widower, has a small child, also very pale and very beautiful, and very beloved by all, named Snow. In time, Boy and her husband have their own child, Bird, who is black; this is how Boy discovers that her husband and much of his family have been passing for white.
November 28, 2013
Re "Blurring reality stokes fears," Perspective, Nov. 26 False allegations of widespread anti-white racism are intended to make people indifferent to anti-minority racism. It's a formula. Racists accuse others of racism. High-paid shills for coal or oil accuse scientists of lying for grant money. It looks like "he said, she said. " People give up. The data can help. The black-on-white scaremonger in this article says: "If you use statistics, which I don't, people say you are stereotyping.
November 23, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
With her dark skin and "unconkable kinky hair," Wanda Coleman found growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s often felt like torture. "The stultifying intellectual loneliness of my 1950s and '60s upbringing was dictated by my looks," she wrote years later. "Boys gawked at me, and girls tittered behind my back. Black teachers shook their heads in pity, and White teachers stared in amusement or in wonder. " Books became her precious refuge but were hard to come by because the libraries, she noted, "discouraged Negro readers.
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.
November 10, 2013 | Mark Kurlansky, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz
A recent ruling by the Constitutional Court in the Dominican Republic to strip away the citizenship of several generations of Dominicans leaves no doubt that the nation has not left its history of abuse and racism behind. According to the decision, Dominicans born after 1929 to parents who are not of Dominican ancestry are to have their citizenship revoked. The ruling affects an estimated 250,000 Dominican people of Haitian descent, including many who have had no personal connection with Haiti for several generations.
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