April 9, 1989 |
A report on urban poverty recently released by the National League of Cities contains some disturbing findings for the city and the Philadelphia area. I say this not just as author of the report, but as a Philadelphia resident and someone who cares deeply about the future of this city and region. Poverty is complex, and scholars have long sought ways to manage this complexity by identifying its crucial dimensions. The NLC report focuses on three dimensions of urban poverty today: It is more persistent among particular households, more concentrated within particular neighborhoods, and more isolated from traditional avenues of escape.
April 7, 2006
RE THE recent Page 3 story on the shooting of a teen in Fairmount: The article was an outright racial attack on the people of my neighborhood. The story stated that "a white woman who dates black men brought them home. " So what? Saturday's story seemed to contradict Friday's on the racial angle. But with the generous space given to the story on Friday, and the followup on Saturday, the Daily News seemed to be saying that this shooting was somehow worse than the eight murders of young black men that recently occurred within blocks of this shooting and which were given a few sentences, if any, in the "Region" column.
July 8, 2005
ISYMPATHIZE with Stephen Niksa (letters, June 27). When I was growing up in Georgia in the 1940s, all sorts of caricatures of the Chinese were used by the media, and all sorts of names were applied to them, implying backwardness in accomplishments. They spoke terrible English, if at all, and it seemed that the only thing they were good for was as servants. It was only after leaving that part of the South that I saw the Chinese in a different light. But the North was not much different.
March 9, 1998 |
At a church service that was equal parts political rally, gospel glorification and prayerful send-off into the lion's den, about 100 supporters of Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson braved a teeming rain to spend two hours singing her praises last night as she girded herself for a make-or-break hearing in Washington on Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Massiah-Jackson, 47, was nominated to the federal district court last summer. She was confirmed by the committee in November, but saw her nomination stalled by conservative Republicans before it could be presented to the full Senate for a vote.
September 9, 2005
SINCE THE hurricane, all I read and see on TV are people pointing fingers. Instead of wasting energy blaming people like the president and our government, let's make sure it doesn't happen again. African-Americans are saying that if the victims were white, things would have gone differently. But that is not true. We were unprepared and not trained for such a devastating event. The government is made up of blacks and whites and all ethnicities. And what about Mayor Ray Nagin, who is black?
May 1, 1990 |
Fellow Citizen: You will carry a beeper and a notebook at all hours of the day. When the beeper sounds, you will record your emotion on the pad. What sounds like an Orwellian nightmare was actually the unusual research method used in an ambitious study of TV viewing and its possible harmful effects. George Gerbner, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, questions the methodology. During a 13-year study of television viewing in America, whose findings were released yesterday by Robert Kubey of Rutgers University and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi of the University of Chicago, researchers found that people were often passive, tense, unable to concentrate, bored and drowsy while watching TV - and grew increasingly irritable, even hostile, the longer they watch.
January 31, 2013 |
On this last day of January in 1865, the House of Representatives passed a proposal for a constitutional ban on slavery. In Steven Spielberg's latest film, Abraham Lincoln is the consummate politician who, in the midst of a great war and facing determined resistance in Congress, made it happen. But before we join the "Why can't President Obama be more like Lincoln?" chorus, it's worth noting that the 13th Amendment was less a great leap forward than a single conflicted step. It reads, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
January 17, 1991 |
Events in the Persian Gulf and the recent congressional debate have overshadowed much of the tributes to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the occasion of his 62d birthday. Speaker after speaker - from Riccardo Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra maestro, to C. Delores Tucker, founder and president of the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence, who officiated over the association's annual luncheon Tuesday - made reference to the late human rights leader's opposition to war. Because Dr. King, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was a true pacifist and an advocate of nonviolence, many speakers have pointed to the irony that the United Nations' authorization for use of force in the Persian Gulf went into effect on Jan. 15, Dr. King's birthday.
June 13, 1994 |
If fate had taken a different course, Father Paul Washington might have become bishop of Liberia. Instead he became a high-profile Philadelphia activist with an FBI file as rector of the Church of the Advocate, hosted the Black Panthers, protested the Vietnam War, founded a soup kitchen, supported gay rights, and participated in the highly controversial ordination of the first women into the Episcopal priesthood. Washington, 73, who served as an Episcopal priest in Liberia, where the bishop wanted him to become his successor in the late '40s and early '50s, tells his story in a just-released autobiography published by Temple University Press: "Other Sheep I Have.
June 8, 1989 |
Sometimes it just takes asking the right question. Kevin McGarity did that in a recent letter: I have been reading your column for quite some time and I can sense your frustration concerning the plight of African Americans. Unfortunately, your viewpoint doesn't clarify many of the issues you touch upon. . . . Now, with the economy shrinking, the decapitalization of working people has made the ability to raise oneself onto a moderate plane of well being a herculean task.