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By Georgie Anne Geyer | May 18, 1994
AN astonishing scene unfolded early this month at the United States' greatest cultural guardian, the Smithsonian Institution.The chiefs of the Smithsonian stood silently. They listened while Hispanic activists accused them of "willful neglect" of "Latinos" and grandiosely demanded everything from the establishment of one or more museums about themselves to a special office for (yet again!) "multicultural initiatives."The articles about the event uniformly described the Smithsonian "keepers" -- men such as Smithsonian Secretary Robert McCormick Adams, as well as others distinguished in their fields -- as looking "glum."
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
When I wrote recently about the multi-lingual Coca-Cola commercial , expressing satisfaction that the influence of white racists appears to be on the wane,* reactions were predictable. A representative specimen from the comment by Blackberry82: " John, you may revel in your smug liberalism now, but your grandchildren and great-grandchildren won't share your amusement when they become the victims of race hatred when they are part of the minority white population in the future USA. They won't understand how you could take such joy in seeing the decline of your own kind and encouraging the onset of their future plight.
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By Andrew J. Cowin | September 24, 1993
CRITICS of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are so pessimistic about America's ability to compete in the world they feel threatened by a country whose entire gross national product is surpassed by America's four largest companies.General Motors, Exxon, Ford and IBM had combined sales in 1991 of about $380 billion. Mexico's total GNP: $320 billion.Much of the opposition to NAFTA comes from organized labor, especially the industrial unions. These are the rough-and-tumble guys who helped build America.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 28, 1998
ROME -- When Heather Parisi fainted at the end of a dance number on a popular Italian variety show, it was reported on the front pages of Italy's leading newspapers. Wendy Windham, a blond and buxom sidekick on yet another popular variety show, was mobbed by paparazzi as she went Christmas shopping in the Piazza Navona. Justine Mattera, who does a pale impersonation of Marilyn Monroe on a talk show, is a household name in Italy. So is Randi Ingerman, who recently got her own sitcom, "Men Are All Alike."
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | January 26, 1994
The challenge of racial and ethnic diversity was probed yesterday by 82 Christian audiences across the country via a television hookup that included about 30 men and women meeting at Baltimore's Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation.Dr. Ann Belford Ulanov, professor of psychiatry and religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York, drew on her interpretations of patients' dreams to suggest that spiritual and physical health comes from acceptance of "the other," such as unfamiliar images of God or cultures different from one's own."
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December 27, 1996
EARLIER THIS MONTH, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that heralds the clash of language and culture that already marks political life in parts of the United States. In 1988, voters in Arizona approved an amendment to the state's constitution requiring all the state's business be conducted in English and that state employees use only English on the job.A state worker sued, claiming the provision violated her free speech rights. Questions from the justices indicate that they are more likely to decide this case on narrow procedural grounds than on the broader issues it entails.
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August 17, 1993
Pope John Paul II's four-day stay in Denver ended Sunday on a more conciliatory note than many observers had predicted. Rather than conclude his visit with an exclamation-point of a speech deriding American moral values, the pope addressed the 400,000 worshipers at a four-hour Mass in terms that for the most part were upliftingly pastoral.To be sure, his prepared text for the occasion included direct condemnations of abortion and euthanasia as examples of this century's "culture of death."
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | May 7, 1995
Carroll educators are set to administer the state's annual school performance tests next week, but this year students will be asked what they think, along with what they know.In addition to the now-familiar Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP) tests, students will be completing a survey that counties all over the state are adapting to find out how well local schools are incorporating different cultures into their curricula.Another version of the survey will be given to some teachers and other staff members, and yet another survey will go home to some parents, community members and business leaders.
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By Harvey Cohen | July 15, 2001
AMID THE comment and celebration that accompanied Bob Dylan's recent 60th birthday, few observers viewed him as part of a larger American artistic thread. Because Mr. Dylan has developed counter to the usual expectations concerning American musical artists, his most enduring qualities, the ones that link him to the traditions of American culture, have often gone unrecognized. That voice, for one. Critics and audiences have dismissed it, put off by surface roughness and lack of technical perfection.
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March 28, 1993
School Success Without DiversityMinority diversity in schools is not a prerequisite for delivery of quality education to students. Schools do not need diversity; schools need to serve their communities and teach their students.When my Armenian ancestors immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s, they were a disliked minority. They established an Armenian community which became a major support system for them. They worked hard, realized the American dream and gradually became assimilated into mainstream American culture.
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