April 16, 1997
History is a sobering and humbling instructor. Facing into the truth of our own histories gives much to confess: We Caucasians have oppressed those of other races, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native Americans. We Christians have persecuted Jews and been silent when others persecuted them. We Protestants have discriminated against and sometimes fought against Roman Catholics. Concerning the present, the situation in Grays Ferry is a wake-up call. We confess that Grays Ferry has been invisible to most of us who do not live there.
January 17, 2002 |
IN THE FOUR months since September, we've moved from our first waves of dread and rage over a massacre to the slower task of facing what has been lost. The new year is a good time to assess how we're doing. In a thousand ways we've honored our dead with honorable behavior toward each other, but in some quarters we're still captive to fear. We hurt. In our frustration with the impossibility of making our world safe, some are drawn to easier targets, willing to have straw enemies set up to be shot down, to relieve the popular anger.
May 12, 2008 |
Barry Morrison listened with a modest smile last week as one speaker after another extolled his "courage" and "passion" and "integrity. " "He is a hero," Mayor Nutter told the audience of 500 at the Crystal Tea Room. "I love you, Barry, for being my friend," said an emotional Tom Martinez, a former "white supremacist from Kensington. " It sounded like a farewell party, but no. Morrison, executive director of the regional Anti-Defamation League, was celebrating his 30th anniversary at the ADL and has no plans to leave soon.
October 1, 1990 |
Though he never apologized, Japan's Justice Minister Seiroku Kajiyama regretted his ignorance and incendiary remarks that he recently made, comparing American blacks to Japanese prostitutes. Four years ago former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone saluted the intelligence of his people at the expense of blacks, Hispanics and Mexicans by alleging that America's intelligence had been undermined by its minorities. He was engaging in a highly popular game called "blaming the victim.
June 30, 2012 |
Court bigotry The hypocrisy of Justice Antonin Scalia never ceases to amaze me ("Split ruling on immigration," Tuesday). In his narrow-minded dissent from the Supreme Court's decision striking down parts of Arizona's draconian new immigration law, Scalia raises his voice on the evils of illegal immigration. The justice forgets that hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of his countrymen's families also entered this nation without passports, and probably illegally, in the early 20th century.
September 19, 2001
Patience, intolerance, justice and retaliation I belong to that practically all-inclusive category of Americans caught up in one emotion or another. But now is the time to gather ourselves, to acquire the patience that will help our leaders lay their plans dispassionately and well, and to prepare for the possibility of an imperfect outcome. Colin Powell's view that nonmilitary means may be just as effective against a nontraditional foe is reassuringly sensible. In this contest, pitched battles could not possibly have the same significance as in World War II. And, in light of reports of intolerance directed against good Americans irrationally linked to the terror, I would hope that our commitment to the golden rule can coexist with the need for retribution and justice.
March 31, 1995 |
Two years after scrambling from behind to win re-election to the U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter yesterday began the toughest climb of his 30-year political life - the quest for the Republican nomination for president. "Yeah, it's uphill," Specter admitted quietly as he formally announced his candidacy in Washington and in Harrisburg. "I'm used to it. I don't know what it would be like any other way. " With the Lincoln Memorial as a backdrop and the day's momentary sunshine shining upon several busloads of Philadelphians gathered on the National Mall, Specter, 65, launched a long-shot effort to capture moderate voters in the GOP with a program of fiscal conservatism and social libertarianism.
November 20, 2014 |
Hundreds feted New Jersey-born rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi at a Kimmel Center gala Tuesday night, where he accepted the Marian Anderson Award for his music and charity work. The award is given to entertainers who have "contributed to our society in a singular manner," event organizers said. They highlighted Bon Jovi's music and commitment to charity, including his work with programs in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Bon Jovi took the stage to a standing ovation about 10:30.
March 14, 2015 |
When a smug political machine sends dutiful functionaries to Harrisburg whose chief responsibilities are to back the party, vote as instructed when instructed, and collect a paycheck, it should come as no surprise when arrests occur. Democratic State Reps. Louise Bishop, Michelle Brownlee, Ronald Waters, and Vanessa Lowery Brown, all of Philadelphia, didn't have the decency to resign after The Inquirer reported in March 2014 that they had been recorded taking cash from an undercover informant in a sting conducted by the state Attorney General's Office.