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June 11, 2012
I was not downtown during the recent disturbances, but I will take Del. Pat McDonough's word that the groups of young thugs were, in fact, black ("Baltimore and bigotry," May 18). Here is the point I want to make: The fact that they were black had nothing to do with their despicable behavior. In recent coverage of the meth lab bust, did anyone refer to the accused as a group of white drug peddlers? How about Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, or serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, did their "whiteness" have something to do with their behavior?
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By Paul Marx | July 3, 2014
A very unsettling shadow is settling over the whole American educational endeavor. It's largely a consequence of the idea that every child should graduate from high school, be admitted to college and then graduate from college. In order to make that happen, all along the way expectations would have to be lowered. That, unfortunately, involves giving in to the bigotry of low expectations. A glaring example of such low expectations was revealed in Baltimore recently. A teacher at the Career Academy gave 11 of his students answers to questions on the state High School Assessment test in biology.
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NEWS
April 29, 2011
Why have those perpetrating the farce of demanding Barack Obama's birth certificate not been asked to present any facts that would justify their relentless inquiry? Why do we allow unfounded charges to dominate the political conversation? No one, to my knowledge, has publicly challenged the reason behind this specious effort. Given the serious issues facing our country and the president, the time and money spent on this matter is a disgrace. No one can convince me that racism is not at the root of the "birther" movement.
NEWS
June 2, 2014
I enjoyed Fred L. Pincus' commentary, "We cannot give in to bigotry" (May 30). In his second paragraph he stated that "after seeing two young black men walking toward me" he asked the question, "should I have crossed the street?" He chose to keep walking toward them and to be politically correct - and then robbed with a gun held to his head. While he says he has taught his students there is a grain of truth in racial stereotypes, he did not follow his own gut feeling to avoid the possible problem by crossing the street.
NEWS
May 24, 2012
Though I am not a supporter of Del. Pat McDonough, I must say your editorial "Baltimore and bigotry" (May 18) shows the hypocrisy on your part. Why is it relevant that children being harassed at their school because their father is a controversial landlord can have their parent described someone "raised in a Jewish family in Potomac," but the gangs at the Inner Harbor area cannot be described as black? I contend that you think it is acceptable to describe a religious background but not a racial one. And I also contend that you are aiding discrimination.
NEWS
March 23, 2011
In the days before and after the Maryland General Assembly considered the same-sex-marriage question, several pundits at The Sun compared the effort to the civil rights struggle over interracial marriage, implying that if you stand for traditional marriage, then bigotry must be involved. As someone who is in an interracial marriage and as the father of mixed-race children, I find this comparison unfair and a bit offensive. Is it really bigotry to recognize as special the traditional family unit that connects children to a mother and a father?
NEWS
December 1, 2010
As we get closer to the inevitable repeal of don't ask, don't tell, I have to say that this debate really upsets me to my core. This policy is such a blatant violation of the rights of the dedicated men and women in uniform I can hardly stand it. The time has come for America to practice what it preaches and protect the rights of all its citizens, and the best place to start is with those who have chosen to serve in the armed forces in order to...
NEWS
November 26, 2013
I do not wish to downplay the offense of distributing salacious pictures without the subject's consent, but Del. John Cardin's remark that "revenge porn is a harmful form of bigotry and sexual harassment" heads a long list of wrongheaded uses of the word bigotry ( "Cardin proposes criminalizing 'revenge porn,' Oct. 28). What Mr. Cardin was referring to is certainly harmful and it is certainly sexual harassment and it is certainly hateful. But it is not "bigotry. " Bigotry is a blanket offense against a broad class of people for no rational reason; it cannot describe any part of an attack on an individual for individual, personal reasons.
NEWS
August 7, 2011
Nearly a decade after the events of 9/11, the backlash against Islamic Americans shows signs of worsening. Not even the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this year has had much impact on the growing anxiety of those who can't seem to distinguish between mainstream practitioners of a religion and the relatively small number of extremists who commit acts of terror in its name. This is not a matter of political correctness. Americans are justified in their concerns over violent religious fundamentalists.
NEWS
September 18, 2012
I noticed that one of your letter writers took umbrage at Dan Rodricks ' characterization of opposition to marriage equality as an "irrational fear" ("Is half the country gripped by 'irrational fear?" Sept. 14). I don't agree that because half the country hates gay people, that somehow makes it less irrational. How would someone who makes such a dubious claim prefer his motives be described? Irrational hatred? Irrational prejudice? I'd be interested in knowing. When you get down to the crux of the issue, it doesn't really matter what word you use to describe prejudice against gay couples.
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By Fred L. Pincus | May 29, 2014
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's controversial comments about walking across the street if he saw a young black man wearing a hoodie coming toward him late at night got me to thinking about an experience I had 30 years ago. One night while walking from my Charles Village home to my car, I noticed two young black men walking toward me. It was very dark since the street light had blown out. Should I cross the street? I asked myself, concluding that such a move would be racist since they had just as much right to the sidewalk as I did. I continued walking.
NEWS
February 11, 2014
If prejudice masquerading as journalism were an Olympic sport, the vile diatribe of commentator Mark Nuckols against all things Russian would win gold hands down ( "The Sochi experiment," Feb. 6). The real problem, however, is that Mr. Nuckols' rant is just a small part of a much larger propaganda blast aimed at ginning up worse-than-Cold-War relations between Russia and the West, with potentially catastrophic strategic consequences for the planet. Give Mr. Nuckols credit for a certain perverse originality.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
It was with dismay that I read the anecdote involving a blind man used by Diane Brown in her opinion article on Megyn Kelly [Jan. 2].  Brown's interpretation of her encounter with the blind man leads me to conclude that Brown may suffer from the same inability to "see" demonstrated by Kelly. Brown summarizes an incident involving a blind man who provided aid to a group of women requiring auto repair assistance.  When asked about his blindness, the man replied:  "It's OK, at least I'm not black.
NEWS
November 26, 2013
I do not wish to downplay the offense of distributing salacious pictures without the subject's consent, but Del. John Cardin's remark that "revenge porn is a harmful form of bigotry and sexual harassment" heads a long list of wrongheaded uses of the word bigotry ( "Cardin proposes criminalizing 'revenge porn,' Oct. 28). What Mr. Cardin was referring to is certainly harmful and it is certainly sexual harassment and it is certainly hateful. But it is not "bigotry. " Bigotry is a blanket offense against a broad class of people for no rational reason; it cannot describe any part of an attack on an individual for individual, personal reasons.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 22, 2013
A couple months ago, I got an email from Supreet. Supreet is in the 11th grade. He shops at Wal-Mart and plays basketball. His father came to this country from India and both are Sikhs, followers of a centuries-old faith founded in the Punjab region. Supreet wanted to tell me what it is like being a Sikh in America. He wrote about how, after 9/11, his father became "perhaps the most hated man in our small town. " He wrote about how his dad had to stop wearing the turban Sikh men use to cover their "kesh," the hair their faith forbids them to cut. He wrote about bullying and depression suffered by young Sikhs.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 6, 2013
Is the American body politic suffering from an autoimmune disease? The "hygiene hypothesis" is the scientific theory that the rise in asthma and other autoimmune maladies stems from the fact that babies are born into environments that are too clean. Our immune systems need to be properly educated by being exposed early to germs, dirt, whatever. When you consider that for most of human evolutionary history, we were born under shady trees or, if we were lucky, in caves or huts, you can understand how unnatural Lysol-soaked hospitals and microbially baby-proofed homes are. The point is that growing up in a sanitary environment might cause our immune systems to freak out about things that under normal circumstances we'd just shrug off. Hence, goes the theory, the explosion in asthma rates in the industrialized world, the rise in peanut and wheat allergies and, quite possibly, the spike in autism rates.
NEWS
July 10, 2011
Regarding the petition drive to suspend the law granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants: At least the immigrants are trying to better themselves by getting an education that will lead to jobs so they can become self-supporting members of society. The reason people are signing the petition has nothing at all to do with money. It's about bigotry. It's not as if the immigrants will be getting free tuition, after all. They will pay in-state fees. This is just another example of how this country clings to any opportunity to discriminate against a group of people, in this case against Hispanics.
NEWS
July 5, 2011
I absolutely refuse to believe that the anti-immigrant crowd makes any distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. How can they tell the difference? Employers certainly make no such distinctions, because otherwise it's hard to see why they wouldn't certify all their fruit and vegetables as picked by U.S. citizens, if only in the interest in their bottom lines. The truth is, illegal immigrants are generally quite clever at remaining undetected. The fact that no one can reasonably claim to be able to tell the difference between those who are here legally and those who are not just by looking is simply an excuse to treat all people of a different skin color or national origin as criminals.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
Within an hour of the bomb explosions in Boston I noticed that the word "Muslims" was trending on Twitter ("'Horrific,'" April 16). As an American Muslim who has experienced bigotry first-hand, I was a bit apprehensive as I clicked to view the tweets. To my pleasant surprise, with the exception of maybe Fox News contributor Erik Rush, an overwhelming number of people - Muslim and non-Muslim - were tweeting in defense of Islam and condemning stereotyping and bigotry. America has indeed come a long way since the days after 9/11, and I couldn't be more proud to be an American and a Muslim.
NEWS
September 18, 2012
I noticed that one of your letter writers took umbrage at Dan Rodricks ' characterization of opposition to marriage equality as an "irrational fear" ("Is half the country gripped by 'irrational fear?" Sept. 14). I don't agree that because half the country hates gay people, that somehow makes it less irrational. How would someone who makes such a dubious claim prefer his motives be described? Irrational hatred? Irrational prejudice? I'd be interested in knowing. When you get down to the crux of the issue, it doesn't really matter what word you use to describe prejudice against gay couples.
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