March 28, 2014 |
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 |
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.
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March 3, 2014 |
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 |
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.
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November 23, 2013 |
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.