CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2011 |
A decade ago, Shyima Hall was smuggled into the United States as a 10-year-old slave, forced to cook and clean inside the home of a wealthy Irvine family and, at night, sleep on a squalid mattress in a windowless garage. On Thursday, the Egyptian-born 22-year-old stood before a federal judge in Montebello with nearly 900 others and was sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizen. The ceremony capped a hard-scrabble journey that began with Hall's rescue, wound through the foster care system and ended with her living on her own, working, and with ambitions to become a federal agent.
March 14, 2014
Re "Dim view of orca bill in San Diego," March 9 Breeding, capturing, selling or imprisoning orcas should be banned. Most of all, forcing them to perform should be illegal. These magnificent denizens of the deep (and not of Sea World's shallow ponds) are the slaves of the animal world. Forced to perform unnatural acts for food and care, they are far from freedom in the pods to which they belong. The excuse that they are essential to the economy of San Diego is akin to one of the excuses for the sorry chapter of our past known as slavery.
February 18, 2013 |
Mississippi forgot something. Fully 148 years after the end of the Civil War and the U.S. end to slavery, the state has officially ratified the 13th Amendment ban on the practice. The state thought the amendment had already been ratified by its Legislature. Turns out it hadn't, at least in the eyes of federal record-keepers. "It was never transmitted to the national archivist to be put on the record," Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the Mississippi secretary of state, told The Times.
June 18, 2012 |
Barraged by expressions of outrage, Adidas announced Monday evening that it's pulling a shoe design that critics say evokes slavery. The design, by eccentric Beverly Hills designer Jeremy Scott, features a plastic set of shackles. Initially it was met with disbelief, then fury, especially in online arenas. On Twitter, the shoes were labeled "Adidas slave shackle kicks. " Talk of a boycott arose. Early Monday, Adidas defended the shoes as the handiwork of a whimsical designer.
July 11, 2008
Re "No way that China will settle for silver," July 8 Let's get this straight: 6- and 7-year-olds are "plucked" from their families, spend years and years in intense training and are expected to do what they're told without complaining -- with little or no say on whether they'd like to participate in this quest for "national glory." Sounds like some form of slavery to me. Or, at the very least, a human rights violation. With China's dismal human rights record, why on Earth was it awarded an Olympic Games in the first place?
October 25, 1998
Slavery is not entertaining, but then again, every movie isn't meant to entertain ("How Entertaining Is Slavery?" by Greg Braxton, Oct. 18). We all need to realize that movies teach, inform and disturb. It's an art form and art is supposed to wake us up, maybe show us something that we didn't know before we came in contact with it. Braxton tells the story of the African American woman who ran out of the theater during "Amistad." The Middle Passage scenes of slaves being whipped, starved, abused and murdered on a slave ship are horrifying.