July 2, 1991 |
There has been a lot of discussion about how Ed Rendell's victory in the May primary constituted a signal of the maturation of the African-American electorate as evidenced by the fact that in a citywide campaign a white candidate could win an election where African-American voters had the option of choosing between two black candidates. I don't buy it. What Rendell's victory represented was more of the same old politics as usual, divide and conquer when it comes to the African-American vote.
August 8, 1994 |
Where were dozens of newspaper articles, columns and feature stories as well as radio and television commentaries about Mayor W. Wilson Goode's responsibility to appease his African-American supporters because he was Philadelphia's first African-American mayor. Racial references were dominant in virtually every story about local politics and government during Goode's tenure. Columnist Jill Porter did not write that the portrayal of Goode as an African- American, appeasing other African-Americans, was racially offensive.
January 30, 2008 |
Pennsylvania dropped from first to second place in 2005 in the number of African-American citizens murdered - many of them young and most killed with guns, according to a study of the latest data available, the Violence Policy Center announced yesterday. Missouri knocked us out of the No. 1 spot - but only by a little more than one-half percent. According to an analysis of FBI data by the Violence Policy Center, Missouri recorded 32.79 African-American homicide victims per 100,000 in 2005.
June 7, 2006
AS AN African-American who listens to sports-talk radio, I often wonder where is the diversity and difference of opinion when African-American athletes like Barry Bonds are constantly ridiculed. The majority of callers say Bonds should have an asterisk next to his name for breaking Babe Ruth's record after allegations that Bonds may have used steroids. How come these callers never say there should be an asterisk next to Ruth's name because he didn't play against African-American athletes?
December 24, 2002
IN THE Dec. 12 edition, we were asked to vote for our favorite Eagles cheerleader squad. Why in a city with an African-American mayor, fire commissioner, police commissioner, where the majority of residents are African-American, with an Eagles team that is at least 75 percent African-American, and the star player (Donovan McNabb) is also African- American - why is this cheerleading squad about 10 percent African-American? Did my black sisters not show up for the audition? T. Parker Sicklerville, N.J. The unplowed Northeast I was so relieved to read that Frank Keel got home safely to Montgomery County during the city's latest snowstorm.
April 17, 2012 |
At 9-1, the Dodgers own the top record in the majors and are off to their best start since 1981. They also, if replays are worth anything, got a huge gift Sunday night in a 5-4 win over San Diego. The Dodgers killed a Padre rally in the top of the ninth with the first 2-5-6-3 double play in major-league history. With two on in a 4-4 game, San Diego's Jesus Guzman squared to bunt, but Javy Guera's pitch came high and tight and hit Guzman's bat as he backed up from the pitch.
February 11, 1992 |
In 1865, a lynch mob tried to seize an African-American man named Louis Wells from the Carrollton, Ala., courthouse. The mob suddenly dispersed as a lightning storm struck. Wells' body was found the next morning on the upper story of the courthouse; he was the victim of a lightning bolt. The outline of his face was etched onto the pane of glass through which he peered at the moment of his death. The uncanny incident at Carrollton Courthouse is described in George Cantor's "Historic Black Landmarks: A Traveler's Guide" (Visible Ink Press/ $17.95)
May 18, 1989 |
The television set almost went out the window Tuesday night. New York City Mayor Ed Koch was on ABC's "Nightline. " The topic was the crime, violence and early burials that have made young African-American males an endangered species. The issue made national television because of the recent brutal, senseless beating and rape of a woman jogger in Central Park. The woman was a young white investment banker. Her attackers were African- American teen-age boys out for a night of "wilding," which included beating an innocent victim with a lead pipe until her head split open and blood ran from her eyes.
April 13, 1990 |
Dear Chuck: You've always been a good friend of the Irish and our family looks forward to your St. Patrick's Day column. You listed some of your Irish co-workers. My friend, Jim Smith, was omitted. He is a true son of the sod. His mother was born in the county of Donegal and his father was born in the county of Leitrim. You can't get any more Irish than that, wouldn't you agree? Sincerely, Dooley Hennessy Agreed. The Jim Smith family is so Irish they can hold their own St. Patrick's Day parade!
February 28, 1994
WHY BLACK HISTORY? A co-worker and I were talking about mandatory black history classes in the schools. My co-worker, who is white, said if this were implemented, the Polish, Irish, Italian and every other ethnic group would expect the same. And secondly, it wouldn't be cost-effective. I explained that the blacks who came here weren't immigrants who brought their culture along. Blacks, brought here in chains, were stripped of their language, culture, religion and history.