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.
July 5, 2010 |
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.
June 26, 2013 |
In February, just after Christopher Dorner embarked on a killing rampage that left four people dead and three others wounded, he posted to the Web a rambling manifesto outlining numerous grievances. He sought vengeance, he wrote, against officers in the Los Angeles Police Department whom he blamed for costing him his job with the department. Some of Dorner's assertions were easily dismissed. He claimed, for example, that he was fired for reporting that his supervisor had illegally kicked an arrestee, which simply wasn't true.
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.
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?