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In a town where beer is champagne and bratwurst is caviar, the plump, German luncheon link has become embroiled in a bizarre racial dispute that is sizzling hotter this summer than a backyard barbecue. The City Council Friday voted to censure Michael McGee, a flamboyant black alderman who has previously threatened urban guerrilla violence against whites, for his part in a product tampering scare last weekend.
January 10, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- On the day a Venezuelan actress and her ex-husband, both slain by gunmen, were laid to rest, the head of the country's Roman Catholic bishops said the church is ready to join the government in a campaign to persuade those with firearms to give them up. Bishop Diego Padron of Caracas was responding to an appeal by Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, who since the Monday night slayings of Monica Spear, an actress and...
January 23, 1994
I am appalled by the notion that black and Hispanic prisoners should be segregated in Los Angeles County jails, notwithstanding the fact that the American Civil Liberties Union thinks it's OK ("ACLU Weighs Segregation of Pitchess Inmates," Jan. 14). Desegregation was a hard-fought battle and segregation is against the fundamental public policy of this country. If we start segregating black and Hispanic prisoners because they have been fighting, instead of disciplining the wrongdoers and addressing the source of the problem, then what is next?
January 10, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
When teenager Franklin McCain decided to make a stand against segregation at the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, two thoughts weighed on him. "If I were lucky, I would go to jail for a long, long time. If I were not quite so lucky," he recalled to a reporter five decades later, "I would come back to my campus … in a pine box. " The black teenager and the three close friends who joined him that day were not arrested - at least not that time. Nor did white Greensboro react violently to their "sit-in," although threats poured in. But that day - Feb. 1, 1960 - proved crucial.
July 19, 2001
On April 24, the 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court threw a clean white sheet of respectability over de facto segregation by declaring that its existence was once again acceptable, unless proven deliberately discriminatory, reversing decades of hard-won progress. [The court ruled states and schools can't be used for racially biased policies unless they're deliberate.] Now, less than 90 days later, unsurprisingly, we hear from Evelyn G. Aleman ("Segregation to Some Serves as a Protective Niche for Others," Commentary, July 16)
July 27, 1987 | Associated Press
More Latino children are attending segregated schools in the United States than before, while segregation of black students is virtually unchanged from the early 1970s, a new study concludes. University of Chicago researchers also found that public schools in New York state are the most segregated in the nation for Latino students, while Illinois is the most segregated state for black students.
April 6, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
America's public schools are slipping back into racial segregation, according to a new study from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Researchers found that between 1991 and 1994, there was the largest backward movement toward segregation since the Supreme Court's 1954 landmark ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education, and the trend was likely to continue.
Segregation in the nation's public schools is accelerating, with the trend particularly notable among Latinos in California, a study to be released Monday says. Although the trend is driven more by immigration than by exclusionary policies, especially in California, the result is educational settings that can be "profoundly unequal," according to the study by the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University.
In a landmark ruling that is expected to influence efforts to integrate public schools across the nation, the Connecticut Supreme Court declared Tuesday that segregation in the Hartford area schools violates the state constitution. The ruling was a victory for the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People and other civil rights groups, which have been turning to the state courts to achieve desegregation at a time when such efforts are being severely limited in the federal courts.
October 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Segregating young children for whom English is a new language according to their fluency levels produces the best academic results, according to most research. So the Los Angeles Unified School District has little choice in the matter. As a result of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education, which had accused the district of doing poorly by its English learners, the district was required to submit an evidence-based plan for improvement, and that plan calls for sorting the students by English skills.
October 1, 2013 | By Diane Ravitch
Los Angeles has more charter schools than any other school district in the nation, and it's a very bad idea. Billionaires like privately managed schools. Parents are lured with glittering promises of getting their kids a sure ticket to college. Politicians want to appear to be champions of "school reform" with charters. But charters will not end the poverty at the root of low academic performance or transform our nation's schools into a high-performing system. The world's top-performing systems - Finland and Korea, for example - do not have charter schools.
August 30, 2013
Re "L.A. Unified's iPad epoch," front-page photo, Aug. 28 I am 70 years old and experienced segregation firsthand while growing up in Washington. Once, I tried water from a fountain marked "colored" to taste what kind of liquid it dispensed, and I recall a local drugstore refusing to serve our housekeeper after we sat at the counter and ordered ice cream. My elementary school teachers walked off the job en masse when segregation was outlawed and they realized they would have to teach the "colored" children who had been attending the one-room school across the street.
June 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
People with Chinese or Vietnamese roots are as segregated as Latinos in neighborhoods nationwide, a study from Brown University has found. In Los Angeles and Orange counties, the pattern is even more extreme - and has grown more so over the last two decades. But the same study suggests that that may not necessarily be a problem. In many cities, some Asian Americans live in neighborhoods that appear "separate but equal," with incomes and education levels as high or higher than largely white neighborhoods, researchers said.
April 20, 2013 | By Jenny Jarvie
Like many high school seniors about this time of year, Mareshia Rucker and Stephanie Sinnott ooh and aah over gowns with heart-shaped bodices and jewel-encrusted necklines. Yet the ritual of picking a prom dress is little more than an afterthought for these teens, amid all the pressure of organizing their county's first integrated prom. Rucker is black and Sinnott is white. More than 40 years after the Supreme Court ordered school integration, the two classmates are pushing one of south-central Georgia's slowest-moving counties to overturn a long-standing tradition of segregated proms.
March 22, 2013 | By Steve Oney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The contemporary American South is so different from the troubled yet exotic Dixie of the past that it's nearly unrecognizable, argues Tracy Thompson in her splendid new book, "The New Mind of the South. " Because of immigration, the typical Southerner in 2013 is almost as likely to be a Latino as a native black or white. At the same time, the huge numbers of Northern blacks who have returned to the region their grandparents fled because of racism more readily identify themselves as Southerners nowadays than whites do. Then there's religion.
February 4, 2013 | Elaine Woo
A week before Christmas in 2003, a retired Los Angeles schoolteacher stood before a phalanx of news cameras and 250 reporters in a South Carolina ballroom and declared, "I am Essie Mae Washington-Williams, and at last I am completely free. " After more than 60 years, Washington-Williams had chosen to unburden herself of a secret: that she, a black woman, had been fathered by a white man - Sen. Strom Thurmond, the legendary South Carolina politician who had built a long Washington career as a champion of segregation.
January 19, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
James A. Hood, one of two black students whose effort to enroll at the University of Alabama in June 1963 led to Gov. George Wallace's segregationist "stand in the schoolhouse door" and who later forged an unlikely friendship with the former governor, has died. He was 70. Hood, who left the university after eight weeks but returned years later to earn a doctorate there, died Thursday at his home in Gadsden, Ala., northeast of Birmingham, according to a funeral home official. The June 11, 1963, enrollment of Hood and Vivian Malone, who went on to become the first black graduate of the university, came during one of the most violent summers of the civil rights movement.
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