Racism not part of my upbringing

“The Help,” recently viewed in our home, seems to shed light on a time and a place which I had not experienced. The connections with racial equality, and therefore with the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations, should be obvious. Of course, it wasn’t just about racial equality. King thought, spoke, fought for […]

Think it’s racism? Do some research

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A few weeks ago, we at Freedom New Mexico were afforded the opportunity to speak with Clovis native Jerry Large, who now works as a columnist for the Seattle Times. Large spoke with us about journalism and his history in it, and it sounded like we could be the […]

Pastor wants God, not race, to be seen

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The Rev. David Dawson runs the Pure Heart Word Center in Clovis. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The identity and ministry of the Rev. David Dawson are not built around the color of his skin. “When it’s all said and done,” said Dawson, a silver cross and a whistle […]

Rights movement continuous process

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My sister Julie jokes that the national holiday on Jan. 15 is in honor of her birthday. Sorry Julie! Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it falls on Monday this year, the date of the legal observance. Since 1986, the United States has rightfully honored King, a […]

Racism shouldn’t be used as crutch

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Last week, I received e-mail from a man named Keith in Atlanta. He wrote: “I keep hearing and seeing all these allegations and books about Barry Bonds using steroids but I’ve yet to hear one person, other than some clown trying to make a dollar by slandering his name, say […]

6/15 Letters to the editor

Minutemen project not racist endeavor It would seem that a moderate form of intelligence is required to assume the presidency of an organization such as the League of United Latin American Citizens. This is why I’m incredulous that Paul Martinez of Las Cruces would imply that the Minutemen project is about racism. I wonder if […]

Cosby raises awareness through comedy

By Leonard Pitts Jr Maybe somebody spiked his Jell-O. I bet the audience seriously considered the idea when Bill Cosby performed recently in Washington at a commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education. According to the Washington Post, Cosby’s routine ridiculed “lower economic people” in the black community for their values, their mannerisms, their dysfunctions. […]

Race issue in California is irrelevant

Tibor Machan I don’t know what goes through the mind of someone like California Senate leader John Burton when he makes the kind of charge he made the other day, namely that the effort to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses was fueled by racism. “I say the issue is […]

Dean’s comment is insult to two races

Leonard Pitts Jr. I have no problem with what Howard Dean was trying to say. It’s what he actually said that troubles me. Specifically, the Democratic presidential candidate told an Iowa reporter that he wants to be “the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks.” It was an inarticulate way of saying […]

Racism’s biggest blow is impersonality

Leanard Pitts Jr. It was over before we could do anything. This is maybe 25 years ago. A bunch of us had left work and gone to Westwood, the shopping district in west L.A., for dinner and a movie. We were walking down the street laughing and talking, most of us black, one or two […]