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By Tim Smith and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 5, 2012
It's easy being green, once you learn the knack. To create the distinctive pigment for Elphaba, the title witch in "Wicked," makeup designer Joseph Dulude had one goal. "The most important thing was that we didn't want it to look fake," Dulude said. "We wanted it to look like skin, and we wanted Elphaba to be pretty. People hate her not because she's ugly, but because her skin color is different. " Dulude tried several products before he settled on Landscape Green Chromacake, after discovering that it could not be applied full-strength, which required airbrushing.
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July 22, 2013
Now that the George Zimmerman trial is history, I'd like to make a couple of comments. The entire episode was a horrible tragedy: a young man needlessly lost his life, a mother lost her son. While Mr. Zimmerman was found not guilty of criminal charges, one fact remains: he killed a man, and that is something he will have to live with for the rest of his life. Now I have a question for Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid et. al.: Why is it that the only snuffed out young lives that matter to you are the ones taken by someone with a different skin color?
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By Sue Miller and Sue Miller,Evening Sun Staff | February 6, 1991
Poor, darker-skinned blacks may be more susceptible to high blood pressure than other blacks, says a newly published Johns Hopkins study that relates the racial stresses of being black to hypertension.The study, published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, of 437 blacks living in Maryland, Colorado and Georgia suggests that environment -- specifically poverty -- outweighs genetics in determining high blood pressure in blacks.Darker skin color is a marker for greater racial discrimination and that discrimination is stressful enough to induce more hypertension among those without jobs and education, according to Dr. Michael A. Klag, an assistant professor of medicine and the study's lead author.
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March 28, 2013
The quote from Joshua Thompson of the Pacific Legal Foundation in your recent article on affirmative action is a perfect illustration of the problem ("Affirmative action on docket," March 26). He says that "Michigan voters struck a blow for equal rights by barring government from discriminating or granting preferences by people's skin color or sex. " I'm sorry but I thought, perhaps mistakenly, that equal rights actually meant that everyone had the same rights, and there was no preference nor discrimination.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | May 15, 2003
TODAY WE spend a few moments with Carl Stokes, whose views on education and neighborhoods and race make him one of Baltimore's thoughtful public figures. But first we look at Nathaniel J. McFadden, who needed to get in touch with his own brain. Four years ago, in the dispiriting slum of the campaign for mayor, it was state Senator McFadden who said that Baltimore was 202 years old, and that white people had held the job of mayor for 189 years and black people only 13 years. Meaning that, whatever else was happening, such as 300 homicides a year or decaying housing or the ongoing catastrophe of the public schools - or the character of the candidates - sheer racial history is why the city should not elect another white person until the political arithmetic was balanced, in about another 200 years.
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By Wiley Hall | February 11, 1993
After I finished "The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color Among African Americans," I sat down to discuss the book with a few friends.The authors of the newly published work claim that a great deal of bias, based on skin complexion, continues to exist within the black community. They point to the case of pop performer Michael Jackson as a tragic example; he has bleached and scrubbed his skin until he looks like a zombie or some bizarre escapee from a wax museum."Frankly," I said, "I think the authors are exaggerating.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | August 29, 2002
To Johnny Clinton, the campaign for Senate in West Baltimore's racially charged 41st District contest isn't about black or white - it's green. Although many African-American political leaders are calling on voters to support a black candidate in a district that is 70 percent black, Clinton said he and others who frequent his politically plugged-in Park Heights Barber Shop want a senator who will bring their community the kind of money it needs. Clinton's view appears to be increasingly popular as the Sept.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,meredith.cohn@baltsun.com | February 2, 2009
It's cold outside. And as people shovel snow, scrape car windows or just spend time in the frigid air, some find that their hands and feet become numb or painful. Better get indoors or warm up, because this could mean frostbite or, more likely, frostnip, says Dr. John Wogan, attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. What is frostbite? Frostbite is what happens when exposure to severe cold temperatures reduces blood flow and causes ice-crystals to form inside body tissues, leading to serious, even irreversible, damage.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
The quote from Joshua Thompson of the Pacific Legal Foundation in your recent article on affirmative action is a perfect illustration of the problem ("Affirmative action on docket," March 26). He says that "Michigan voters struck a blow for equal rights by barring government from discriminating or granting preferences by people's skin color or sex. " I'm sorry but I thought, perhaps mistakenly, that equal rights actually meant that everyone had the same rights, and there was no preference nor discrimination.
NEWS
May 13, 1996
BOB DOLE surprised some people when he proposed housing vouchers as the best way to replace public housing.He surprised Henry G. Cisneros, U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who wanted to know why the Senate majority leader's own party has been chopping away at President Clinton's efforts to move in that direction.He surprised people with long memories, who know that Mr. Dole's suggestion is at least 20 years old. Shifting more public housing onto the free market was the theory behind the Section 8 program unveiled by President Ford, with whom Mr. Dole ran as vice presidential nominee in 1976.
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By Tim Smith and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 5, 2012
It's easy being green, once you learn the knack. To create the distinctive pigment for Elphaba, the title witch in "Wicked," makeup designer Joseph Dulude had one goal. "The most important thing was that we didn't want it to look fake," Dulude said. "We wanted it to look like skin, and we wanted Elphaba to be pretty. People hate her not because she's ugly, but because her skin color is different. " Dulude tried several products before he settled on Landscape Green Chromacake, after discovering that it could not be applied full-strength, which required airbrushing.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 15, 2011
We are on the 2011 Student Freedom Riders bus rolling toward Augusta, Ga., watching "The Murder of Emmett Till," a PBS documentary on the savage 1955 lynching of a black boy in the nothing town of Money, Miss. On the old newsreel footage, white person after white person spews the grotesque bigotry that was common to white people in that time and place, and somebody asks Ryan Price a question: How do you feel as a white guy, watching a film like this? "It was a good question," he tells me that evening at the hotel.
NEWS
May 18, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr. appears to have been quite confused when writing the column "Silencing history that hurts" (May 16). Either that, or he's intentionally misstating the facts behind Arizona's ban on ethnic studies courses, just as he and many other folks are now revealed to have distorted the facts on Arizona's new immigration legislation. In fact, Arizona's new law barring ethnic studies courses does not in any way prevent the story of America from being accurately told, nor does it promote silence on America's blemishes.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,meredith.cohn@baltsun.com | February 2, 2009
It's cold outside. And as people shovel snow, scrape car windows or just spend time in the frigid air, some find that their hands and feet become numb or painful. Better get indoors or warm up, because this could mean frostbite or, more likely, frostnip, says Dr. John Wogan, attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. What is frostbite? Frostbite is what happens when exposure to severe cold temperatures reduces blood flow and causes ice-crystals to form inside body tissues, leading to serious, even irreversible, damage.
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By CYNTHIA TUCKER | January 21, 2008
ATLANTA -- After a recent column describing Sen. Barack Obama as "a presidential candidate who happens to be black - not a black presidential candidate," I received many responses from readers, a handful of them odd. That odd handful declared they take no notice of superficial traits such as skin color, and they took me to task for making any reference to Mr. Obama's race. "If people really, truly want racial equality, then the first step has to be to STOP looking at skin color," wrote one reader.
SPORTS
February 17, 2007
Writer is right to focus on race A reader complained in last week's letters that David Steele has brought to your sports page, literally and figuratively, a long-overdue dose of color. I see it this way: If the NFL hadn't taken decades to finally hire black head coaches, there'd be no need to "bally-hoo" their finally reaching the Super Bowl. If NBA, and indeed, NCAA recruiting practices were all they should be, there'd be no need to point out the disparate treatment of black athletes.
NEWS
May 18, 1995
The inauguration of Myrlie Evers-Williams as the new head of the NAACP doesn't mean all of its problems are suddenly solved. Not only must she get the NAACP back on firm financial footing, she must take steps to make the nation's oldest civil rights organization relevant in the '90s.Ironically, that is to some degree the same task her first husband, Medgar Evers, had trying to demonstrate the relevance of the NAACP in Mississippi when Martin Luther King Jr.'s upstart Southern Christian Leadership Conference was receiving more attention.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | November 18, 2003
HE WAS halfway across the War Memorial Plaza when they started screaming at him. They surrounded Howard "Pete" Rawlings, and squeezed in on him suffocatingly, and strode menacingly with him step by step. Rawlings did not stop. He seemed to ignore them all. They wanted him to change his mind on the next mayor of Baltimore. He wanted to change history. On that sunny summer morning four years ago, Rawlings was endorsing Martin O'Malley and not Lawrence Bell, setting off the most overtly ugly moment in modern city political history - and one of its most liberating.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,[Sun Reporter] | October 22, 2006
For two days, they gathered in a corner of the library, in classrooms and lecture halls and tried to identify and solve what they saw as their school's major issues. Black. White. Asian. Hispanic. Biracial. The Westminster High School students ran the gamut and were selected to put issues of race and ethnicity on the table without mincing words. "Who knows more about what goes on in this school?" a representative from the federal Department of Justice asked the 25 or so students sitting in wooden chairs in the media center.
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