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By Victor Manuel Ramos and Victor Manuel Ramos,ORLANDO SENTINEL | April 6, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Blacks have won legal equality through the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement, but they are not on a level playing field in terms of economics, health, education and social justice, according to a national study being released today. Blacks have become more active in civic groups and are making slight improvements in overcoming poverty, National Urban League study found, but are not as well off as whites when hundreds of quality-of-life indicators are measured.
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February 25, 2014
As an African-American man who understands history, I have a problem with the idea that whenever a white person kills a black person the reason is always race ( "A never ending war," Feb. 18). It is more an assumption that we make rather than what is stated or proven. If it was proven that color was behind the slayings, that is one thing. But if not, we overlook and oversimplify an important truth: Being stupid or over-reactive does not automatically equate to being racist. Does every white-on-black violent act evoke the days of slavery?
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By Michael Cross-Barnet | November 2, 2012
Given the trouble she's gotten into in recent years (think: trying to trademark the word "Hon"), one might presume Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting would take special care to avoid unforced errors that cast her establishment in a less than flattering light. One might presume so. But one would be wrong. The Sun's Jill Rosen reported this week that Cafe Hon posted on its Facebook page a photo of one of its staff members in blackface for Halloween. That's right: a white person, in blackface, "dressing up" as a black person (in this case, the singer Whitney Houston)
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Letter to The Aegis | July 23, 2013
On a rainy 2012 February night in Sanford, Fla., a gunshot to the chest of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin ended his life. He was shot by 29-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator. Because Martin was black and Zimmerman was labeled by some as "white," even though he is half Hispanic, the ugly accusations of race entered this tragedy. Zimmerman was released by the Sanford police because there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime. Sanford prosecution authorities dropped any charges for the same reason.
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Letter to The Aegis | July 23, 2013
On a rainy 2012 February night in Sanford, Fla., a gunshot to the chest of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin ended his life. He was shot by 29-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator. Because Martin was black and Zimmerman was labeled by some as "white," even though he is half Hispanic, the ugly accusations of race entered this tragedy. Zimmerman was released by the Sanford police because there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime. Sanford prosecution authorities dropped any charges for the same reason.
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February 25, 2014
As an African-American man who understands history, I have a problem with the idea that whenever a white person kills a black person the reason is always race ( "A never ending war," Feb. 18). It is more an assumption that we make rather than what is stated or proven. If it was proven that color was behind the slayings, that is one thing. But if not, we overlook and oversimplify an important truth: Being stupid or over-reactive does not automatically equate to being racist. Does every white-on-black violent act evoke the days of slavery?
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By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | April 13, 1993
Joshua I. Smith, who travels the nation to push black entrepreneurship, thinks black power must be rooted in business, not politics.Mr. Smith, 52, is founder and president of the Lanham-based Maxima Corp., which helps government and business manage computer and communications technology. With more than 800 employees and about $50 million in annual revenue, Maxima ranks among the top 20 black-owned businesses in the United States.Mr. Smith says the negative perception of blacks in business must be attacked first within the African-American community itself.
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By GREGORY KANE | May 12, 2004
SHANNON JOHNSON was born 32 1/2 years after the Supreme Court proclaimed "separate but equal" education unconstitutional on May 17, 1954. It was 49 years later, in the same month, that Johnson, an African-American, was elected the junior class president at Baltimore County's Franklin High School, where the racial breakdown of the student population is just over 70 percent white, a little less than 20 percent black, 6.5 percent Asian and 3.3 percent Hispanic...
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 10, 1998
I KNOW you'll find this hard to believe, but I once wrote a column that sparked a racially charged confrontation, with readers making daily demands for my severed head on a stick.One day, at the height of the heat, I got a call from a black woman I had never met. She said she had put a group together that was prepared to march in front of the newspaper in a show of support.I thanked her and told her it wasn't necessary, but the gesture has always meant a lot to me. I take it as evidence of the unspoken covenant that exists among black people.
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By MIKE ROYKO | February 11, 1994
When he sat down to draw his editorial cartoon, Dennis Renault wanted to make a point. But he didn't know how remarkably successful he would be.What Renault wanted to say through his drawing was that Louis Farrakhan was wrong when he said: "You can't be a racist by talking -- only by acting."That's what Farrakhan said in his most recent verbal attack on Jews.Renault, who draws for California's Sacramento Bee, disagreed with Farrakhan. Most rational people do.So he wanted to do a cartoon that would make the point that words can be enough to earn you the label of racist.
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By Michael Cross-Barnet | November 2, 2012
Given the trouble she's gotten into in recent years (think: trying to trademark the word "Hon"), one might presume Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting would take special care to avoid unforced errors that cast her establishment in a less than flattering light. One might presume so. But one would be wrong. The Sun's Jill Rosen reported this week that Cafe Hon posted on its Facebook page a photo of one of its staff members in blackface for Halloween. That's right: a white person, in blackface, "dressing up" as a black person (in this case, the singer Whitney Houston)
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2011
A Baltimore prosecutor has dismissed a felony assault charge against a member of a Jewish neighborhood watch group who was accused of striking a black teenager in November. After appearing at a preliminary hearing Thursday morning in District Court, Eliyahu Eliezer Werdesheim, 23, still faces misdemeanor charges. But the state's attorney's office did not pursue the most serious charge against the community college student, who is also a former Israeli special-forces soldier. Werdesheim no longer participates in Shomrim, whose Orthodox Jewish members patrol Northwest Baltimore, said his attorney, Andrew I. Alperstein.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 12, 2007
You wanted to read my Michael Vick column? Sorry, that's not going to happen. Let me be clear: If Mr. Vick sponsored dogfights and brutally killed canines who did not perform, as he is alleged to have done, he's a despicable man. It wouldn't break my heart to see him caged up with a rabid dog while wearing raw sirloin strapped to his tender parts. Problem is, that's pretty much all I have to say on the subject, and there's no way to get 615 words - about the length of a column - out of that.
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By Victor Manuel Ramos and Victor Manuel Ramos,ORLANDO SENTINEL | April 6, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Blacks have won legal equality through the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement, but they are not on a level playing field in terms of economics, health, education and social justice, according to a national study being released today. Blacks have become more active in civic groups and are making slight improvements in overcoming poverty, National Urban League study found, but are not as well off as whites when hundreds of quality-of-life indicators are measured.
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | January 17, 2005
Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, For 25 years, parishioners of West Baltimore's New All Saints Roman Catholic Congregation have gathered for a Mass and breakfast honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the tradition continued yesterday when speakers including Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele shared fellowship and home-style food with hundreds of members. "It represents true brotherhood and sisterhood," said Catherine Adams, 72, a lifelong member who was baptized and married at the church. "The fact that we can come together and celebrate the life of a man who believed so strongly in that very thing ... we're honored as a parish," Adams said.
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By GREGORY KANE | May 12, 2004
SHANNON JOHNSON was born 32 1/2 years after the Supreme Court proclaimed "separate but equal" education unconstitutional on May 17, 1954. It was 49 years later, in the same month, that Johnson, an African-American, was elected the junior class president at Baltimore County's Franklin High School, where the racial breakdown of the student population is just over 70 percent white, a little less than 20 percent black, 6.5 percent Asian and 3.3 percent Hispanic...
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By Nicole Sconiers | November 9, 1994
THE SUSAN Smith case has already become fodder for at least one black comedian. The scenario is typical: A white person commits a crime, and then places the blame on a black person. That scenario has been used by black comedians for decades.Over the weekend, at a black Northern Virginia comedy club, a comedian mused about the Smith case, saying: "I knew that white woman was lying. Black men don't even want to take care of their own kids, let alone take care of someone else's." The all-black audience laughed uproariously.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2011
A Baltimore prosecutor has dismissed a felony assault charge against a member of a Jewish neighborhood watch group who was accused of striking a black teenager in November. After appearing at a preliminary hearing Thursday morning in District Court, Eliyahu Eliezer Werdesheim, 23, still faces misdemeanor charges. But the state's attorney's office did not pursue the most serious charge against the community college student, who is also a former Israeli special-forces soldier. Werdesheim no longer participates in Shomrim, whose Orthodox Jewish members patrol Northwest Baltimore, said his attorney, Andrew I. Alperstein.
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By Paul Delaney | July 4, 1999
A DECADE ago, right-wing New York Times columnists William Safire and Abe Rosenthal proclaimed themselves "bleeding-heart conservatives," a cynical take on bleeding-heart liberals. They said they were tough on crime and supported tax cuts but cared about the poor.Now comes along GOP presidential front-runner and Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who has taken that old saw and dressed it up with a new name: "compassionate conservatism."The evolution leaves matters as befuddled as ever. The aim is to soften the harsh image the conservatives have managed to convey, particularly to minorities and women, through words and deeds.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 10, 1998
I KNOW you'll find this hard to believe, but I once wrote a column that sparked a racially charged confrontation, with readers making daily demands for my severed head on a stick.One day, at the height of the heat, I got a call from a black woman I had never met. She said she had put a group together that was prepared to march in front of the newspaper in a show of support.I thanked her and told her it wasn't necessary, but the gesture has always meant a lot to me. I take it as evidence of the unspoken covenant that exists among black people.
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