May 30, 2001 |
More than 20 police officers were injured two nights ago in a violent clash sparked by racial tension. The conflagration did not take place in Selma, Birmingham or Cincinnati. This time it happened thousands of miles away in Oldham, a northwest British town where curried rice is a far more popular dish than fish and chips. The battle in England did not involve blacks and whites, but whites and Asians. English authorities, facing an election in a little more than a week, quickly grabbed up every available microphone and went out into the streets to perform damage control.
January 9, 1990 |
Barely five months ago, black protesters dared to picnic on a whites-only beach near Cape Town. Riot police, backed by a helicopter and snarling dogs, drove them away with whips and clubs. This month, thousands of blacks have swarmed over previously whites-only beaches across South Africa. The police have stayed away, along with some resentful whites. But thousands of other whites have mingled peacefully with blacks, sharing sands that for decades had been officially segregated.
July 6, 2002 |
Max Gordon, 99, a longtime shopkeeper in North Philadelphia who made headlines for guarding his business with a club during the 1964 race riots, died Thursday. Mr. Gordon was born in Ukraine and came to the United States in 1932 after spending five years in Cuba, said Frances Shusterman, his daughter. In Cuba, he met his future wife, Anna Zitman, who was from the same Ukrainian hometown as Mr. Gordon. In Philadelphia, Mr. Gordon ran a hosiery stand for several years before he opened his store, Gordon's Hosiery and Women's Apparel, at 917 N. Marshall St. He lived upstairs with his wife.
July 24, 2001 |
Mayor Charles Robertson, one of nine white men charged with killing a black woman during race riots in 1969, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment yesterday. Robertson, 67, emerged from the brief proceeding at the York County Courthouse saying that he was "very confident" he would be cleared of the murder charge. "My job is to run the city of York," he said. Robertson's attorney, William Costopoulos, said he would file a motion seeking to dismiss the case because the charges against his client "do not rise to the level of murder.
March 25, 2012
By Eric Goodman University of Nebraska Press. 288 pages. $18.95. Reviewed by John Shortino Within the first few pages of Twelfth and Race , Eric Goodman introduces many of his novel's major themes: racial tension, family secrets, parental abandonment, and the loss of identity. As the book opens, Lorraine, a young mother, leaves her family and mixed-race son, driven away in part by their rejection of her Puerto Rican boyfriend. Her son, Richard, grows up to have his identity stolen.
March 3, 2004
FIRST the white folks and now the Koreans are getting into the act of blaming black men for their homicides. Mrs. Evisoon Cho, after allegedly bludgeoning to death her niece, said that two black men accosted her outside her Bensalem home. Believable maybe because that's what most people think black men do. As a black man, I know we have enough of our own problems without others blaming us for their shortcomings. Haven't we as black men had enough of the Asbells, Dacris, Stuarts, Susan Smiths and countless others using the black man as their scapegoats?
August 15, 2002 |
York County prosecutors dropped murder charges yesterday against four of the 10 defendants in the 1969 shooting death of a black woman, in a move clearly intended to focus their case against former York Mayor Charles Robertson and three other men. In exchange, the white defendants - Rick Knouse, William Ritter, Clarence Lutzinger and Thomas Smith - pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy charge each for their role in the ambush killing of 27-year-old...
April 2, 1997 |
There were no crack houses, no drug corners, no drive-by shootings. But if you think Philadelphia was peaceful and relatively crime-free in the "good old days," try reading old newspapers. For example, the big story in January 1919 was the trial of Mayor Thomas B. Smith on charges related to the murder of a police detective at the hands of 18 gangsters imported from New York by the mayor's faction of the GOP to crack skulls and terrorize opponents. OK, politics was dirtier in 1919, but the streets were safer.
October 19, 1989 |
It's 1989. This is trendy, hip South Street. But Harry C. Silcox doesn't see it that way. When Silcox looks at South Street, it's always Oct. 10, 1871 - Election Day, the day of the great race riots. "Look, there's only one house on this block that is totally unchanged," he says, pointing to a shabby, abandoned property at 814 South St. "That's the boarding house where Octavius Catto lived," he says. And just to prove it, he whips out a photocopy of an 1870 census sheet listing Catto at that address.
May 25, 2001 |
One week after being indicted on murder charges in the shooting of a black woman during this city's race riots in 1969, Mayor Charles H. Robertson withdrew from the 2001 mayoral race yesterday. The announcement caught Democratic Party officials by surprise. Robertson, whose term is scheduled to end in January, had repeatedly said he would neither resign nor drop out of the race. Two days before his indictment, the two-term mayor won a narrow primary victory over challenger Ray Crenshaw.