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By Derrick Z. Jackson | September 30, 1997
ACCORDING TO Tom Shapiro, any discussion of racism in America must begin with the fact that even when African-Americans reach the same education, job, and income status, the net wealth of African-Americans remains today a true pittance compared to that of white Americans."
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Dan Rodricks | July 20, 2013
My fellow white people — many of us, maybe most of us — get really weird about the subject of race, especially when black people raise questions about the way they are treated. Reactions range from silence to white-hot vitriol to moderate unease to social-media snark. All of that was on display in the past week, after the verdict in the George Zimmerman case in Florida. Andy Harris, Maryland's lone Republican in Congress, said people who complained about Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin should "get over it. " With that dismissive comment, Harris spoke for all white Americans who dislike conversations about race and who wish black Americans would stop complaining about conditions and stop contriving racism.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | March 26, 1998
FOR THE most part, people who call for reparations for slavery are written off as the lunatic fringe. Many white Americans say reparations are impossible because the slaves are dead, most white Americans did not own slaves and the ancestors of many white Americans immigrated here after slavery. They say that the 600,000 deaths in the Civil War is all the apology African-Americans deserve.Some African-Americans agree. Writer Stanley Crouch, who often accuses African-Americans of whining, said, ''We don't need a victim's gold card, and we don't need people feeling guilty about slavery; the whole idea of guilt just makes people madder.
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By CLARENCE PAGE | November 18, 2005
WASHINGTON -- At a time when Americans could use a few laughs to help a lot of bad medicine go down, we have lost one of our wisest wits. Vine Deloria Jr., a Standing Rock Sioux who authored more than 20 books about the Native American experience, died Sunday in Golden, Colo. He was 72 and recently was hospitalized with an aortic aneurysm. If his name does not spring quickly out of your memory, maybe you have heard of his most famous book, Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | December 5, 1997
THE OTHER day, I caught a segment of a talk show on CNN. The subject was ''race.'' It hit me like barking dogs. The mostly white audience nodded in great agreement as Armstrong Williams, an African-American conservative whose mouth runs at the speed of a Chihuahua, decried affirmative action, liberals, Jesse Jackson and other red meat.Given this absolution by Mr. Williams -- all it takes is one black conservative to allow many white Americans to discredit the experience of the great majority of African-Americans -- several white people plugged in their built-in tape recording on race relations.
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By Sam Fulwood III and Sam Fulwood III,Los Angeles Times | October 12, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Joe Melsha, a 33-year-old office manager for a heating and cooling company in Iowa, appears to be the voice of a new American majority.And the sentiments he imparts clearly are getting the attention of legislators and politicians: Government efforts to improve the lot of minorities in the United States have "gone too far.""I mean, I'm not a racist and I'm not going to go out and shoot anybody, but I don't think [black Americans] deserve all the special programs that are offered to them," Mr. Melsha said.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | August 5, 1994
IT IS a miscarriage of emotions to fret that the Juice is being squeezed because of his race.For sure, some white Americans would gladly give O.J. Simpson, the former football star, the juice for blowing his good Negro status in allegedly killing his white ex-wife. A poll last year by the National Opinion Research Center found that 20 percent of white Americans say interracial marriage should be illegal.For sure, most of white America sees and hears no evil in the criminal justice system.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | March 20, 1995
You needed that job and you were the best qualified. But they had to give it to a minority because of a racial quota. Is that really fair?-- From a television ad Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., used when he was behind in the polls in his 1990 reelection bid against African-American Harvey Gantt.We have always factored in . . . that race would probably play a role. We obviously may have miscalculated on how much it would play a role.?3 -- Harvey Gantt, after losing to Senator Helms. THE NEXT THING you know, great suffering masses of white people will march on Washington, singing "We Are Overwhelmed."
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By Nelson Schwartz and Nelson Schwartz,Washington Bureau | March 27, 1992
WASHINGTON -- In a candid and passionate call for racial harmony in America, Sen. Bill Bradley said yesterday that the future of the nation's cities depends on better race relations but warned of growing fear and distrust between whites and blacks.Speaking on the Senate floor, the New Jersey Democrat criticized Republicans and Democrats alike for their handling of racial issues, arguing that "silence or distortion" have shaped the debate over race in this country over the past 25 years.Republicans "have played the race card in a divisive way to get votes," he said, but members of his own party must also shoulder some of the blame.
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By Los Angeles Times | October 11, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Joe Melsha, a 33-year-old office manager for a heating and cooling company in Iowa, appears to be the voice of a new American majority.And the sentiments he imparts clearly are getting the attention of legislators and politicians: Government efforts to improve the lot of minorities in the United States have "gone too far.""I mean, I'm not a racist and I'm not going to go out and shoot anybody, but I don't think (black Americans) deserve all the special programs that are offered to them," Mr. Melsha said.
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By Candace High and Candace High,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 28, 2003
Satire is hardly on the minds of some who visit the Web site rent-a-negro.com. Created by satirist Damali Ayo, rent-a-negro.com sets out to expose attitudes about race and racism in America. And it confuses more than a few who visit. Ayo's Web site is like a tiny handful of Web sites that have sprung up across the Internet to poke fun at some of the most sensitive issues that continue to confront society. Ayo, of Portland, Ore., has chosen race relations between blacks and whites as her grand subject.
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By Clarence Page | May 3, 2002
WASHINGTON - Ten years have passed since police punching bag Rodney King poignantly asked during the Los Angeles riots, "Can't we all just get along?" Today the answer remains elusive. We're still getting to know each other. On the surface, we've made substantial progress. We've seen African-Americans rise to new heights in government, Hollywood and corporate America. Similar strides have been made by some Latinos, Asians and American Indians. Unfortunately, we also have seen last year's riots in Cincinnati and earlier racial clashes over the O.J. Simpson murder trial verdict and the Florida presidential vote.
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By Paul Delaney | October 25, 1998
A REPORTER at the New York Times once called Imiri Baraka, when the black poet and writer was still known as Leroi Jones, to ask if he would comment on some black anniversary, perhaps of the Newark riots, the reporter was working on.Mr. Baraka refused, instead, barking insults into the phone about the New York Times' celebrating its own Negro week.Occasionally, pop culture turns its attention to African Americans in a serious way, though sometimes leaving the impression of living out Mr. Baraka's asperity.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | March 26, 1998
FOR THE most part, people who call for reparations for slavery are written off as the lunatic fringe. Many white Americans say reparations are impossible because the slaves are dead, most white Americans did not own slaves and the ancestors of many white Americans immigrated here after slavery. They say that the 600,000 deaths in the Civil War is all the apology African-Americans deserve.Some African-Americans agree. Writer Stanley Crouch, who often accuses African-Americans of whining, said, ''We don't need a victim's gold card, and we don't need people feeling guilty about slavery; the whole idea of guilt just makes people madder.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1998
Pulitzer-winning author David Shipler spent five years traveling the country to talk to black and white Americans about their perceptions of one another, visiting places that bring blacks and whites into daily contact -- schools, colleges, military bases, police departments, corporations.His conclusion:Racial prejudice remains ever insidious, often unconscious. Many right-minded Americans have deep-rooted racial prejudices they've never considered until they sit down to discuss them.A former reporter for the New York Times, Shipler is the author of the 1983 "Russia: Broken Idols, Shattered Dreams" and "Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 26, 1998
WASHINGTON -- A robust economy and years of government pressure have helped move minority groups closer to the mainstream. But when it comes to health, studies show a stubborn, daunting and in some respects growing disparity between black and white Americans.For decades, blacks have suffered higher death rates from nearly all major causes. Although life expectancy has increased for all groups, differences persist. And government and academic research shows a widening gap between blacks and others in the incidences of asthma, diabetes, major infectious diseases and several forms of cancer.
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By Dallas Morning News | January 22, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Black Americans are worse off than a year ago, but hard times are exposing the "dirty little secret" that most poor people are white, says a National Urban League leader.John E. Jacob, president of the civil rights group, said yesterday in releasing the organization's 17th annual "State of Black America" report that the league still hoped to see its 2-year-old proposal for a $50 billion-a-year "Urban Marshall Plan" adopted by Congress.The original Marshall Plan directed large amounts of aid to Europe to help it recover from the devastation of World War II.The Urban League outlined several broad recommendations mostly aimed at improving the lot of low-income blacks.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | December 5, 1995
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton was asked, ''How do you use your presidency to be a reality check to white Americans?''He was asked this in a recent interview with the Trotter Group, an organization of African-American columnists. He was informed about a recent survey that found that 58 percent of white Americans say the average African-American has a better job than the average white American. ''Wow, I missed that,'' the president said.In the past, Mr. Clinton has used highly symbolic places when he criticized African-Americans.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | December 5, 1997
THE OTHER day, I caught a segment of a talk show on CNN. The subject was ''race.'' It hit me like barking dogs. The mostly white audience nodded in great agreement as Armstrong Williams, an African-American conservative whose mouth runs at the speed of a Chihuahua, decried affirmative action, liberals, Jesse Jackson and other red meat.Given this absolution by Mr. Williams -- all it takes is one black conservative to allow many white Americans to discredit the experience of the great majority of African-Americans -- several white people plugged in their built-in tape recording on race relations.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | September 30, 1997
ACCORDING TO Tom Shapiro, any discussion of racism in America must begin with the fact that even when African-Americans reach the same education, job, and income status, the net wealth of African-Americans remains today a true pittance compared to that of white Americans."
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