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August 10, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Oprah Winfrey is not only the world's most powerful celebrity, and one of the richest. She is a marketing genius who knows how to exploit a racist insult to her advantage in a completely uncynical way. More power to her. Earlier this week, while promoting her new movie, “The Butler,” she disclosed in an interview with Larry King that when she was in Zurich recently for Tina Turner's wedding, she had what she called a “racist...
April 27, 2014 | By Gale Holland, Louis Sahagun and Howard Blume
As the Clippers faced off against the Golden State Warriors in an NBA playoff game Sunday, basketball fans and bystanders across Los Angeles grappled with the racist rant attributed to team owner Donald Sterling and shared their thoughts. At 1739 Public House in Los Feliz, bartender Curtis Swanson said Sterling had been known as a racist and slumlord for 35 years. He doubted anything substantial would come of the controversy because "he's got more money than the people yelling at him.” “I grew up in the Deep South and old money is always racist money,” Swanson, 38, said.
June 28, 2013
Re "Dorner's web of lies about the LAPD ," Opinion, June 26 I am pleased that Connie Rice called former officer Christopher Dorner's allegations of racist treatment by the Los Angeles Police Department lies. However, her praise comes at the expense of LAPD officers from years past. Many insist on perpetuating the myth that the "old" LAPD was racist. As an insider from that era, I know that allegation is false. The LAPD of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s (when I served) was open and honest, and most of us did our best to meet the ideals of the department and professional policing.
April 27, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Ruben Vives
From President Obama to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, there has been swift condemnation from political circles to a recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making remarks about blacks. "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," Obama said during a press conference in Malaysia. Sterling's alleged comments also met with criticism by L.A. officials.   Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the "statements and sentiments" attributed to Sterling.  "These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles.
January 5, 1992
Your article of Dec. 5, regarding statements by the NAACP's John Hatcher against the change of venue for the Rodney King trial, leads me to believe that there is no racist like a black racist. There is no sense of fair play and evenhanded consideration in his outrageous statements against the good people of Ventura County. He states that 80% of the blacks who are tried in the county's courts receive jail time. Does he have hard evidence that shows that somehow the judges and juries here have gone amok and have been too punitive on black offenders?
January 28, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons
A Santa Clarita councilman's shout-out at a recent anti-illegal immigration rally that he is a "proud racist" has ignited an angry war of words in a suburban community over whether the longtime civic leader is a hatemonger who should be driven from office or a patriot unafraid to speak out for fellow Americans. Bob Kellar, a veteran councilman and two-time mayor, said his words have been taken out of context, but he declined to offer an apology at a City Council meeting Tuesday night.
July 24, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Robert Faturechi
A gathering Wednesday attended by several hundred sheriff's deputies and staff members from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department went badly awry when a comedian unleashed a stand-up routine filled with racist and sexually explicit humor, people in attendance said. Many in the crowd at the Sheriff's Day Luncheon, estimated to be between 600 and 700 people, were dressed in their uniforms, including Sheriff Lee Baca, who thanked comedian Edwin San Juan with a plaque after the off-color performance.  "He managed to insult every ethnic group," said one attendee, who requested that his name not be used.
May 1, 2013 | By Brittany Levine
After weeks of controversy, a Glendale councilman has apologized for posting racist, homophobic and vulgar comments on YouTube, saying he was remorseful for his actions. Glendale Councilman Zareh Sinanyan, whose comments were posted several years ago,  apologized from the dais during Tuesday's  council meeting. “It truly does not matter to me if you're Armenian or Latino or Anglo or Korean. It doesn't matter if you're gay or straight. It doesn't matter if you're Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu,” Sinanyan said.
October 31, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Julianne Hough, a white actress, darkens her gorgeous mug, dresses up as a black TV character she admires, and apologizes after she is subjected to an Internet backlash. Some white idiots in Italy put on blackface for a fashion industry Halloween party. A couple of numbskulls in Florida dress up as the slain Trayvon Martin and his killer, George Zimmerman. An Asian American civil rights group complains about two Asian-themed costumes sold by Pottery Barn, which withdraws the items and apologizes.
August 30, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
A human rights group on Friday criticized a Dunkin' Donuts advertising campaign running in Thailand that features a model whose face is painted black to sell a chocolate doughnut. Dunkin' Donuts Thailand recently started running ads for its "Charcoal Donut," which features a model wearing blackface makeup and bright pink lipstick and holding up a bitten doughnut. The translated Thai slogan reads: "Break every rule of deliciousness. " Phil Robertson, deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, said it's "rather incredible that an international company like Dunkin' Donuts" would run such an ad. In a phone interview with The Times, he said the ad "fits into a long history of racist advertisements in Southeast Asia.
April 27, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND - The Clippers seemed weighed down Sunday afternoon in Game 4 by all the controversy that has engulfed them. And even though it was not of their own making, but that of owner Donald Sterling, the Clippers were in the storm and tried to stay afloat. But they could not avoid their albatross and a hot Golden State team, dropping a 118-97 decision to the Warriors at Oracle Arena. BOX SCORE: Golden State Warriors 118, Clippers 97 Instead of talking about the best-of-seven first-round series being tied at 2-2 or about regaining home-court advantage with their Game 3 win, the Clippers had to talk about Sterling's alleged racist comments about African Americans.
April 27, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama on Saturday condemned the “incredibly offensive racist statements” attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, calling them a sign of how the U.S. continues to wrestle with its legacy of "slavery and segregation. " But Obama also said he thinks such remarks from “ignorant folks” draw outrage because they're so out of sync with the American self-concept. “We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” Obama said.
April 26, 2014 | By David Zahniser
This post has been updated, as indicated in the notes below. A recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making racist remarks was met with swift condemnation from Los Angeles city leaders and prompted a call for the city to formally denounce him. Mayor Eric Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the "statements and sentiments" attributed to Sterling. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who represents a portion of South Los Angeles, went further, saying the council should take a formal position denouncing the remarks and demanding action from the NBA. [Updated at 4:07 p.m. PDT, April 26, 2014: Garcetti issued further remarks: "These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles.
April 26, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
Racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in an audio recording first reported by TMZ  Friday have drawn plenty of reaction from the basketball world, and former NBA star Charles Barkley was among those calling for the NBA to take action on the issue. During Saturday's TNT halftime show, Barkley said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has to suspend Sterling if the league proves it's him on the tape making the statements. “This is the first test of Adam Silver.
April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday evening that racist remarks allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling were “truly offensive and disturbing” and said the league intended to conduct an investigation into the recording's authenticity that would “move extraordinarily quickly,” possibly concluding in the next few days. Silver would not comment on possible repercussions for Sterling should the league be satisfied it was his voice on the recording.
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Snoop Dogg has a few choice words for Donald J. Sterling, embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Unfortunately, almost none of them are fit for publication in a family newspaper's blog. On the heels of an audio recording obtained by TMZ which the website says captures the Los Angeles business magnate upbraiding his girlfriend for “associating with black people” and “taking pictures with minorities” at Clippers games, the erstwhile Doggfather blasted Sterling with his own obscenity-packed videotaped rejoinder posted on Instagram on Saturday.
July 12, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
The NAACP is expected to approve a resolution at its annual convention condemning the "tea party" movement for harboring "racist elements that are a threat to our democracy," a spokeswoman for the civil rights organization said Monday. The proposed resolution states that the "movement is not just about higher taxes and limited government but something that could evolve and become more dangerous," NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell said. Delegates gathering in Kansas City, Mo., will consider the resolution as early as Tuesday.
July 2, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The streaming live feeds of the current cast of "Big Brother" can enhance the prime-time viewing experience, but recently those feeds captured some contestants of the CBS reality series uttering racist and homophobic comments. According to Zap2It, "Big Brother" housemates GinaMarie, Kaitlin and Aaryn were recently overheard talking about two black cast members, Candace and Howard. One of the girls was overheard saying, "Blacks stick together. ... They're like tokens. ... They're like black Barbie and Kens.
April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA said it is conducting an investigation following a report by TMZ late Friday of an audio recording that allegedly captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist statements in the course of an argument with a friend. A person identified by TMZ as Sterling can be heard in the recording, said to be made made earlier this month, telling a female friend, identified as V. Stiviano, that he was upset she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself next to Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Vitriol toward Clippers owner Donald Sterling surged through social media Saturday as outrage over his alleged racist comments in an audio recording found a home in tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram snapshots. The anger, usually attached to the fast-growing #DonaldSterling and #BoycottClippers hashtags, crossed the nation. It united hard-core basketball fans and sports neophytes, celebrities and everyday people, young and old in their condemnation of the 80-year-old Sterling. They wondered how he could remain owner.
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