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June 1, 2011
If Rabbi Chaim Landau had castigated any American ethnic group — say, African Americans — as hateful, duplicitous and violent, which is how he describes Palestinians, The Sun would never have printed such vile racism ("Mr. Obama, don't equate Israel with its enemies," May 27). But Zionists and their apologists have to revert to such sophistic rationalizations to justify a brutal and illegal occupation in Palestine. It's much easier than facing up to the true nature of Israel's policies in the region.
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By William E. Lori | August 31, 2014
Fifty years ago this summer, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, marking a watershed moment in our nation's history and in the ongoing struggle of African-Americans for fair and equal treatment. The passage of the law, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, and ended voter discrimination and segregation of schools, came amidst a tumultuous period that saw sit-ins, marches and mass protests staged from major cities to college campuses of every size.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 3, 2013
One day, many years ago, I was working in my college bookstore when this guy walks in wearing a T-shirt. "White Power," it said. I was chatting with a friend, Cathy Duncan, and what happened next was as smooth as if we had rehearsed it. All at once, she's sitting on my lap or I'm sitting on hers -- I can't remember which -- and that white girl gives this black guy a peck on the lips. In a loud voice she asks, "So, what time should I expect you home for dinner, honey?" Mr. White Power glares malice and retreats.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
The letter from Roye Templeton, "Let's talk about white racism" (Aug. 24), hits the nail squarely on its head. I'm an old, white male who makes daily inquiries among his peers concerning racism current in the country today. When I mention racism, other whites tend to nod in an affirmative way and prefer to drop the subject. When I mention the racism which has emerged against President Barack Obama, they look somewhat surprised but nod in the affirmative and sometimes add, "Yes, that has surprised me. " As Mr. Templeton has so eloquently pointed-out, it is racism which has been the principal cancer eating away at our country from very early on. It is racism that our leaders need to address.
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August 11, 2011
I have had all I can stomach of Leonard Pitts' ranting and raving about racism ("For Obama, there's no reason to make nice," Aug. 7). I am offended, as are many of my friends, at being labeled "racist" every time I or they disagree with President Obama's socialistic, Marxist policies. It has absolutely nothing to do with his color, and Mr. Pitts and the Democrats know it. But they continue to go down the same old tired road of disingenuously labeling dissension as racism. Mr. Pitts claims that "this is not politics as usual," referring to Mr. Obama being black.
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By Stephen H. Sachs | January 16, 2011
As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, it is right to take pride in our determined, if unsteady, march toward racial understanding. But it is also right to recall the pain that our acts of bigotry — large and small — have inflicted along the way and that remain, indelibly, in memory. I can give such testimony. I witnessed and began to understand for the first time the personal humiliation of racial discrimination during my senior year at Haverford College.
NEWS
July 19, 2010
The tea party is made up of different groups and their organization is broken up among those different groups. You don't have leaders in the tea parties, only organizers, and each member can volunteer to be an organizer. How can the tea party come out against racism within their group, if it is just an assembly of people? Some may not even be registered members of the tea party but just show up at the rally. All large groups have some small elements of racism because racism exists among all ethnicities.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
The letter from Roye Templeton, "Let's talk about white racism" (Aug. 24), hits the nail squarely on its head. I'm an old, white male who makes daily inquiries among his peers concerning racism current in the country today. When I mention racism, other whites tend to nod in an affirmative way and prefer to drop the subject. When I mention the racism which has emerged against President Barack Obama, they look somewhat surprised but nod in the affirmative and sometimes add, "Yes, that has surprised me. " As Mr. Templeton has so eloquently pointed-out, it is racism which has been the principal cancer eating away at our country from very early on. It is racism that our leaders need to address.
NEWS
August 24, 2014
The commentary, "A necessary conversation" (Aug 17), by Loyola University Maryland assistant professor Karsonya Wise Whitehead, in which she claims that our nation needs to have "a serious conversation about race," is another see-no-evil, speak-no-evil, hear-no-evil lamentation about the state of race relations in America that is sure to offend nobody and solve nothing. Ms. Whitehead uses the word "racism" only once in her long article. The way she sees it, what we need to be doing is "sitting down in small diverse community groups and wrestling with the question of how race and our feelings about it are still dividing our country.
NEWS
April 28, 2013
Really, Mr. Conaway! In his defense of dirt bike riders ("Don't penalize city kids for riding dirt bikes," April 25), Baltimore Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway Sr. places blame for this problem on the Baltimore Police Department and their vendetta against black youth. The inner city is rife with Mr. Conaway calls a "nuisance" while Baltimore drivers see it as a clear and present danger. I have slammed on my brakes numerous times and swerved into other lanes trying to avoid a collision.
NEWS
August 24, 2014
The commentary, "A necessary conversation" (Aug 17), by Loyola University Maryland assistant professor Karsonya Wise Whitehead, in which she claims that our nation needs to have "a serious conversation about race," is another see-no-evil, speak-no-evil, hear-no-evil lamentation about the state of race relations in America that is sure to offend nobody and solve nothing. Ms. Whitehead uses the word "racism" only once in her long article. The way she sees it, what we need to be doing is "sitting down in small diverse community groups and wrestling with the question of how race and our feelings about it are still dividing our country.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Del. Emmett Burns, a Baltimore minister, directed his Sunday sermon at the children of his congregation, warning them to be careful in their dealings with police, after a white officer killed an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Mo., last week. Burns, 73, who marched in the civil rights movement with activist Medgar Evers, echoed the sentiments of protesters in the St. Louis suburb and around the nation decrying the shooting of Michael Brown, but he said blacks need to recognize that they still face inequality.
NEWS
July 31, 2014
Supporters of the League of the South can debate all they want whether their organization is truly a neo-Confederate hate group, as the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified them, but it would be much harder to argue that it isn't an oddball extremist group with some hair-raising ideas. That they support Southern secession and rally behind all things Confederate pretty much defines the Alabama-based league. These are not just some folks who spend their free hours dressing up in Civil War garb, whistling “Dixie” and recalling the good old days.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 17, 2014
Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline (" The N----r In The White House ") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument. Then on Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder again blames "racial animus" for some of the more strident opposition to the president.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 29, 2014
"But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep. " -- Robert Frost Sen. Richard Russell called it a work of "manifold evils. " Sen. Barry Goldwater called it a "threat to the very essence" of America. Rep. Howard Smith called it a "monstrous instrument of oppression. " It was the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and its "oppression," "threat" and "evil," at least in the eyes of those conservative men, were that it outlawed racial discrimination in public places.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
One thing that amuses me about former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s regular column is that he often proves the point of his opponents without even realizing it. His most recent, "Paul Ryan isn't a racist, and the Democrats know it" (March 6), is a perfect example. Mr. Ehrlich quotes Rep. Paul Ryan's comments about the lack of a culture of work in the inner cities and then says that what is lost in the conversation is the fact that the majority of people on entitlements are white.
NEWS
April 28, 2011
In the midst of the fracas over whether Shepherd Pratt can run a home for psychiatric patients ("Discrimination in Ruxton," April 25), isn't everyone forgetting Ruxton's intransigence when a light rail stop was proposed 20 years ago? Not only does the light rail conveniently bestride the Ruxton commercial district, but trains stopped there for many years when there were few if any black passengers on them. But although the MTA more or less begged Ruxton to acquiesce to a light rail stop, the community refused to have any access via the light rail.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
One thing that amuses me about former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s regular column is that he often proves the point of his opponents without even realizing it. His most recent, "Paul Ryan isn't a racist, and the Democrats know it" (March 6), is a perfect example. Mr. Ehrlich quotes Rep. Paul Ryan's comments about the lack of a culture of work in the inner cities and then says that what is lost in the conversation is the fact that the majority of people on entitlements are white.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
December 7, 2013
In the Christmas season, it is natural for men and women of the Christian faith to ponder the lessons of the Gospel and particularly the forbearance of their savior who made the ultimate sacrifice so that others might be free. Few political leaders who have walked the earth inspire comparisons to Jesus Christ and the love he held for mankind. Nelson Mandela, the South African leader who died Thursday night at the age of 95, would be the exception. For many, Mr. Mandela will be remembered for ending apartheid rule, for fighting against racism and oppression, leading a revolution and for surviving 27 years as a political prisoner.
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