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August 14, 1994 | By Ilene R. Prusher and Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
It is a warm, sunny afternoon at St. Anthony's Swim Club, and the children are acting like children, frolicking around the pool, snapping towels, and giggling at one another. From the outside, St. Anthony's Lodge is a patchwork of colors. A green fence surrounds the lodge; a yellow, blue and red play gym near the swimming area blends with the American flag flying overhead. Around the pool, all the faces are white. Prince and Janet Knight, an interracial couple who live in West Bradford, think that's more than just a coincidence.
NEWS
December 16, 1986
There is racism in the air and on the air. One man who's spouting it doesn't see it as what it is. He even has a good record for civil rights, having marched with both Martin Luther King and Cecil B. Moore. He has been colorblind enough personally to have endorsed Frank Rizzo for mayor. Somehow, though, Georgie Woods has lost the point. What would you think of somebody who knocked another race because "they don't look like us and they don't live like us and they don't act like us" ?
NEWS
December 26, 2007
I CAN'T imagine anything worse than being a coward. Someone who cannot look himself in the mirror, who would be labeled as spineless, being as that they lack the heart to confront their enemies face to face. Most likely, the type of person who was ridiculed and beaten up on a daily basis. When you combine the coward, and mix in a heaping portion of racism, that is a special kind of pathetic. The individuals who defaced and used racist graffiti in the Port Richmond neighborhood deserve nothing less than a public beating.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1986 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
Racism is the topic of two news specials that start tonight on Channels 3 and 29. Charles Thomas, reporter and weekend anchor for Channel 29, hosts a three- part special on racism in America and its effects on Jews, African- Americans, Hispanics and Asians. Thomas talks to religious, civic and community leaders about racism and gives a brief history of its presence in America. He also looks at the recent surge of racism in Philadelphia and other cities across the country. "What's happening here is happening all over the country," said Thomas.
NEWS
September 8, 2005 | ROTAN LEE
MOSES customarily recognized God through metaphor - the movement of a finger, the breath from his nostrils - referring to his direct agency in our everyday lives. Meanwhile, God, as divine author of good, incongruously levies disaster upon the world. Katrina's devastation causes us to reflect on Pompeii and Babylon when viewing films of New Orleans in the hurricane's lethal aftermath. The loss of thousands of lives, the displacement of thousands more, especially the poor, reminds the world's last and only superpower of its real vulnerability.
NEWS
November 10, 2008 | By DONALD P. HARRIS
IT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT to say that Barack Obama's election as president of the United States is a truly historic moment in America. Indeed, it is a monumental moment everywhere - and one I didn't think would happen in my lifetime. America has elected its first black president. And what's important is that it provides an opportunity for a public dialogue on America's long-standing and divisive problem of race. In the weeks leading up to the election, much was written about the effect that race would have on it. Many claimed that Obama's election would prove that racism is no longer a problem in our country.
NEWS
July 22, 1990 | By Tom Linafelt, Special to The Inquirer
Racism and police brutality are a "fact of life" for blacks in West Chester, according to black leaders in the community. At Thursday's West Chester NAACP meeting, black leaders told members of the West Chester Borough Council that borough and Chester County government and business communities needed to make more minority hires. Council President Susan Armstrong requested that council be invited to the meeting after charges of racism surfaced at a June 27 council meeting. Five of six white council members and Mayor Tom Chambers attended the meeting at the West Chester Community Center.
NEWS
January 11, 1993 | BY RICHARD R. FERNANDEZ
The most surprising aspect of Cincinnati Reds' owner Marge Schott's recently alleged derogatory and racist comments is that so many people were, in fact, surprised. One theory may help to explain why many were genuinely taken aback by Schott's comments. Studs Terkel in his informative new book, "Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession" interviewed Frank Lumpkin, an African-American steel worker. Listen to Lumpkin: "My observation is that racism is dying.
NEWS
February 8, 2010
RE CORA Donaldson's letter "Phils Contract Question": Yes, Cora, there is an explanation as to why Ryan Howard had to "negotiate" for his contract. It's called "arbitration eligible. " Why don't you Google it? I guess I could say you don't have a clue because you're a woman, but then I'd be guilty of ignorance, just as you are for bringing racism into the picture. Carlo Gidaro, Philadelphia
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NEWS
August 1, 2016
Marcus Allen is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region In Pedagogy of the Oppressed , Brazilian author and scholar Paulo Freire states, "No one can be authentically human while he prevents others from being so. " I've been thinking a lot lately about this idea of humanity, and who is afforded the privilege of being perceived as fully human. In recent months we too often watched as black men and women had their lives taken at the hands of police, and we also witnessed the murder of police officers.
NEWS
July 13, 2016
ISSUE | SHOOTINGS Police must root out racism in ranks I recently retired after a career that included 20 years of justice-system research, including evaluations of police departments. One of the greatest challenges departments face in reversing community distrust of police is changing cultures of silence in which even good officers fail to speak out when they witness racist actions by their fellow officers ("Protests, arrests, and U.S. 'on a powder keg,' " Monday). In extreme cases, this culture supports cover-ups of criminal acts - falsifying evidence, refusal to testify against other officers, or lying to investigators.
NEWS
June 14, 2016
By Karen E. Quinones Miller Yes, I'm saying it! The cartoon featuring those green, sewer-dwelling amphibians that everyone loves is racist. Subliminally racist. Insidiously racist. I know. People are tired of folks accusing movies or television series of having racist content or undertones. Because, come on, if you look hard enough, you can convince yourself that anything can be racist. Right? But let's look at some cold hard facts here. Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo - the stars of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - are the good guys.
NEWS
May 20, 2016
SO, A NUMBER of people on Twitter have come to the conclusion that Blake Lively is a racist. Who knew. Lively, who takes a photo so well you don't even need a camera, caused a tuchis ruckus when she posted an Instagram split screen photo of her front and back shimmering in a gold Atelier Versace gown at Cannes. Her caption? "An L.A. Face with an Oakland Booty. " Blake Blakely I speak on behalf of everyone when I say YOU CANNOT pic.twitter.com/QuFq6krRKn — Caity Weaver (@caityweaver)
NEWS
May 17, 2016
By Susan McCarthy-Miller Long before Donald Trump arrived on the political scene, a two-pronged tempest of gargantuan proportion was gathering power in the form of "tolerable racism. " As President Obama assumed the highest political office in the world, the innermost feelings of our citizenry were slowly being roused by the election of a biracial Hawaiian. These heretofore broad-minded voters were now accessing their deepest racially prejudiced feelings, long tamped down in the name of political correctness, social harmony, and high-minded tolerance.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Sofiya Ballin is an Inquirer staff writer This past week, I realized the N-word debate is gearing up to be as old as the word itself. Before comedian Larry Wilmore could even complete the second syllable of "nigga" at the end of his White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 30, a hailstorm of think pieces and tweets began to swirl. Many loved it or hated it. But here's why I wasn't offended by Wilmore's use of it to refer to the first black president of the free world.
NEWS
April 20, 2016
When I spoke with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in an exclusive interview that aired on my radio show Monday morning, I expected to speak with someone who was guarded, defensive and restrained. In many ways, she is exactly that, but I can't blame her. Clinton endured scandal and embarrassment while forgiving her husband's imperfections. She has shouldered blame for decisions she did not make, and in between, she has made deadly mistakes of her own. Benghazi comes to mind.
NEWS
March 2, 2016
ISSUE | PREJUDICE Respect, not hatred Racist and anti-Semitic comments were evidently made to disrupt a community meeting hosted by South Philadelphia HOMES ("Meeting ends after anti-Jewish comments," Wednesday). We are saddened to see that our progress as a society in racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance has been so limited since the 1930s. Expressing disagreement with the ideas and thoughts of others is essential in a democratic society. We always have, and it is hoped always will, defend this basic right.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I've been married for four years. After we said, "I do," my daughter started dating a guy of another race. It was then that I found out my husband is racist. He hates my daughter's boyfriend. He treats him poorly and talks very badly about him to get others to hate him, too. My daughter is now pregnant with her boyfriend's child, and my husband wants nothing to do with my daughter, her boyfriend, or the baby. I, however, love the boyfriend, and I'm very much looking forward to my first grandchild.
NEWS
January 6, 2016
ISSUE | MUMMERS PARADE Despicable displays I am a native of Philadelphia now living in Brooklyn, and last weekend my boyfriend and I joined friends to celebrate the new year at Two Street, the terminus of the Mummers Parade. What I witnessed along the parade route was nothing short of blatant racism, transphobia, and homophobia ("Brigade punishes Mummer over slur," Sunday). There were white men, young and old, holding placards that mocked Caitlyn Jenner's recent transition.
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