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By Roger Boesche | October 15, 1995
LOS ANGELES -- On a radio talk show shortly after the verdict in the O.J. Simpson case, a caller half-jokingly urged whites to riot. The talk-show host and subsequent callers concluded that, of course, white people don't riot. But in reality, if ''to riot'' means something like ''to wreak havoc on others,'' then white Americans have been rioting for some time. But when white people riot, they do it silently, almost invisibly, albeit painfully.Who are these white people? They are mostly the powerful elites who control decisions and shape public opinion.
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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 Leonard Pitts Jr | July 11, 2004
WASHINGTON - Our question for today: Do white people matter? It's Bill Cosby who inspires me to ask. In May, you'll recall, he made headlines for criticizing the "lower economic people" in African America for what he saw as their ungrammatical locution and dysfunctional behavior. On July 1, he was at it again, saying in an appearance at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's annual conference in Chicago that black youths are the "dirty laundry" many people would prefer he not criticize. "Let me tell you something," he said.
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By Roland J. Thorpe Jr | April 15, 2014
Nearly half a century has passed since Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. " Yet decades later, only modest progress has been made to reduce the pervasive racial and ethnic health disparities that exist in this country - and we don't have to look far to see the effects. According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in 2010, African Americans represented 62 percent of adults and adolescents living in Baltimore City, yet they accounted for 85 percent of HIV cases.
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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 Jessica Gregg | August 5, 2013
I call it "the white remark. " Someone I don't know too well sidles up to me and says something they I assume I will agree with because of the color of my skin. Which in my case is the paler side of German/Irish. It happened just a few days ago. I was at an exercise class. One of my classmates whispered to me that this exercise center used to be a lot nicer "before the blacks" started coming. After Barack Obama won for the first time, an acquaintance who campaigned for him was excited that the election of a black president meant that we could finally talk about how racist black people are. He said this as we were sitting in a room full of white people in a wealthy neighborhood of this city that has always been white and always been wealthy.
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By LEONARD PITTS JR | October 13, 2008
Dear Chris Rock: I apologize in advance for the language that will shortly follow. And yes, there is a certain irony there, given that you are one of the most profane men on the planet. Also one of the funniest. That's why I eagerly anticipated your new HBO special, Kill the Messenger, even though I knew there would inevitably come a moment that made me embarrassed for you. And sure enough, it came. During your routine, you noted how, last year, the NAACP held a symbolic "burial" of the N-word.
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By ROBERT JENSEN | July 19, 1998
Here's what white privilege sounds like:.....I'm sitting in my University of Texas office, talking to a very bright and very conservative white student about affirmative action in college admissions, which he opposes and I support.The student says he wants a level playing field with no unearned advantages for anyone. I ask him whether he thinks that being white has advantages in the United States. Have either of us, I ask, ever benefited from being white in a world run mostly by white people?
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN FOREIGN REPORTER | May 15, 2007
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- When he read that the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department was looking for recruits with rugby player physiques, Emile Engelbrecht knew he fit the bill at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. But it was another trait explicitly sought by the department's brass that made him apply to be an officer: white skin. "Maybe I am the perfect candidate at this stage," said the 31-year-old. "They saw they made a mistake, and they need us white guys to help do the work." Having gone from a white-dominated force to a black-dominated one in the 13 years since apartheid's demise, the Johannesburg police force now says the pendulum has swung too far. Much of the change occurred in the 1990s as whites left in droves, often for private security jobs, and hiring black officers became a top priority.
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By Michael Holden | August 2, 1998
CounterpointOn July 19, Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas, wrote a Perspective article that said many whites have prospered merely because they're white. The ultimate white privilege occurs when whites concede that they have unearned privilege and ignore what that means, he asserted. Today, Michael Holden takes an opposing view.The problem with white privilege is that it gives rise to articles such as Professor Robert Jensen's "White Privilege Shapes the U.S.," which appeared in Perspective July 19.For starters, Jensen apologizes for being born white in a majority-white country.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 29, 2013
I have nothing to say about the murder of Christopher Lane. Except this: The killing of this Australian man, allegedly by a group of boys who were bored and could think of nothing better to do, suggests chilling amorality and a sociopathic estrangement from the sacredness of life. The fact that these teenagers were able to get their hands on a gun with which to shoot the 22-year-old student in the back on Aug. 16 as he was jogging in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan leaves me embarrassed for my country -- and thankful I am not the one who has to explain to his country how such a thing can happen.
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By Jessica Gregg | August 5, 2013
I call it "the white remark. " Someone I don't know too well sidles up to me and says something they I assume I will agree with because of the color of my skin. Which in my case is the paler side of German/Irish. It happened just a few days ago. I was at an exercise class. One of my classmates whispered to me that this exercise center used to be a lot nicer "before the blacks" started coming. After Barack Obama won for the first time, an acquaintance who campaigned for him was excited that the election of a black president meant that we could finally talk about how racist black people are. He said this as we were sitting in a room full of white people in a wealthy neighborhood of this city that has always been white and always been wealthy.
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August 2, 2013
I advocate for a boycott of rapper and record producer Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, for their irresponsible impact on modern culture. Jay-Z's music is violent, racist and reinforces an attitude of aggression and victimization to the black community. His ill-considered reactions to the George Zimmerman verdict are obvious evidence that he does not deserve his public position of influence. In my opinion both he and his wife practice a subtle form of racism - happy to take the money of white people but advocating in their music and comments that white people are inherently racist and dangerous to the black community.
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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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Lionel Foster | January 31, 2013
Last week I wrote about a young community organizer named Dayvon Love. Mr. Love and his fellow activists in Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots advocacy organization he cofounded, may be the city's strongest proponents of black empowerment. Baltimore is majority African-American, but the heads of its most influential nonprofit organizations are usually white. Race still plays a role in which voices gain access to media outlets, policymakers and funding. So in LBS' view, if their goal is to help predominantly African-American communities, white nonprofit leaders must redress this power imbalance and do whatever they can to support a social policy agenda that is shaped and led by black people.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 13, 2013
I suddenly find myself concerned about my blackness. It had never occurred to me to worry about it before. Then came the incident last month on ESPN's "First Take" program that initially got commentator Rob Parker suspended and then, last week, fired outright. It seems Mr. Parker, who is African-American, analyzed what he saw as the insufficient blackness of Robert Griffin III, rookie quarterback for the Washington, D.C., football team that is named for a racial slur. Having returned their team to relevance for the first time since the Clinton era, RG3, as he is known, can do no wrong in the eyes of Slurs fans.
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August 2, 2013
I advocate for a boycott of rapper and record producer Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, for their irresponsible impact on modern culture. Jay-Z's music is violent, racist and reinforces an attitude of aggression and victimization to the black community. His ill-considered reactions to the George Zimmerman verdict are obvious evidence that he does not deserve his public position of influence. In my opinion both he and his wife practice a subtle form of racism - happy to take the money of white people but advocating in their music and comments that white people are inherently racist and dangerous to the black community.
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May 9, 2008
Black-oriented blogs have had a lot to say about the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. (above). Here are some recent blog posts collected on the Web site afrospear.wordpress.com: "When Mr. Wright says god should damn America, white people take this personally for America is white America. ... America is the corporate environment where white people rule the upper management, white people make up the vast majority of middle workers, and black people make up the bottom rung of the corporate ladder.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
Timorous after having been hammered for years by cries from the right of leftist bias, and hampered by a simple-minded understanding of objectivity that gives sober attention to cranks and zanies, American journalism often winds up serving a bland gruel. But those cries of political bias (which often boil down to "You're not biased in the direction I prefer") are exaggerated and far from the whole story of the limitations of our journalism. The biases are both more widespread and subtler than is generally recognized or acknowledged.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 10, 2009
You are such a racist nigger."- reader e-mail To answer your questions: Yes, the e-mail is quoted in its entirety. Yes, it's authentic; I received it a year or so ago. And, no, it is not unique in its sentiment, its coarseness or its deafness to irony. That note has always struck me as a stark benchmark of our slide into racial incoherence. Here's another: Last week on "FOX & Friends," Glenn Beck, the FOX News host, declared President Obama a "racist" with "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.
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