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Right Goal, Wrong Strategy (The Wide Angle Blog, May 11, 2011)

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The Bus Has Left the Station (City Journal, April 1, 2011)

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Israeli Consul General, Palestinian Lobbyist Reach Mock Peace Agreement (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 6, 2009)

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Theatrics by the Teachers (Daily News, February 8, 2009)

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The Good News About Gaza in America (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 21, 2009)

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Find Fresh Ideas to Battle Hate, Letter to the Editor (Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Fast-food Moratorium is Meddling (Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2008)

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Critical Issues Seminar on the Role of Race in the 2008 Elections in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, June 27, 2008)

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Shalom is not Funny (Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News, June 23, 2008)

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On Any Given Sunday, Rev. Wright is Wrong (www.theroot.com, March 26, 2008)

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Obama’s Minister (KPCC’s Airtalk, March 18, 2008)

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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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Playing a Frayed and Faded Race Card (Jewish Journal, January 18, 2008)

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The State Bar and Revealing Data on Minority Passage Rates (KCET’s Life & Times, December 18, 2007)

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Divisions in the Jewish Community—Talking About Jerusalem (KCET’s Life & Times, December 12, 2007)

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Critical Issues Seminar on Charter Schools in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 5, 2007)

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Board Vote Not Aimed At Students (Los Angeles Daily News, September 9, 2007)

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Healthcare Reform and Politics (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 5, 2007)

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Mexican Americans and Drunk Driving (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 6, 2007)

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Baseball and the Decline in African-American Players (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 30, 2007)

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Los Angeles Unified’s New Board (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 23, 2007)

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Drop the Race Card (Washington Post, April 15, 2007)

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“Gangs of New York and LA” (Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, January 26, 2007)

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Racism Claims a Stretch" (Daily News, December 1, 2006)

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Did Anti-Semitism Take Root at the South Central Farm? (Jewish Journal, June 23,2006)

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Letter to the Editor regarding Race, Religion, and Demographic Change (Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2006)

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Debate education policy, not race (Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2006)

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Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 7, 2006)

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Civil Rights? How About Lawlessness? (Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006)

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Disputed Film Draws Muted Response (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 10, 2006)

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Blacks vs. Latinos at Work (Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2006)

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New Farrakhan Embodies Old Message (Los Angeles Jewish Journal, October 21, 2005)

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “What is Racism Today?” November 29, 2006


Val Zavala>> He insists he's not a racist and yet, when Michael Richards started hurling slurs at African Americans in a comedy club recently, you have to wonder. Just what is racism these days? Is it an act, a deed? What if our thoughts are racist, yet we never express them?

For a spirited discussion, we brought three people together around the kitchen table. Web television host and writer, Pearl Junior; conservative Tamon Pearson from the Southern California Republican Club; and Joe Hicks of CommUnity Advocates. Our segment, The Kitchen Table, is funded by Ralph Tornberg.

Joe Hicks>> I gave a speech the other day at a local university and it was a graduation class. There was a young black student in class who in essence said to me that he thought that racism is as bad today as it's ever been. Pretty bad, but that today it was in his mind that something had become a matter of thoughts being underground, thoughts being covert, and that was as damaging as the old kind of racism that I was then feeding back to him and trying to get his reaction. He maintains that it was.

I guess my question to you is, is that the condition today? What is the case of racism today? Is it a matter of mental thought or is it a matter of deeds that are actionable, that you sue people for? Is that where we actually are in today's society, how racism manifests itself?

Pearl Junior>> I think the final phase of equality is in our minds, okay? We broke down legal barriers. Slavery is over. Jim Crow is over. We can sue people. You're absolutely right. But I think right now there is still a lot of psychological racism that goes on as far as inferiority and superiority complexes.

Joe Hicks>> We hear a lot about people complaining about, you know, I got in this elevator and this old white lady got in and she looked at me and she clutched her purse. She thought I was going to steal her purse. Do we care? Does it matter what she thinks? You know you're not going to rob her, so what does it matter?

Tamon Pearson>> I don't think it matters to me at all. She might not have been clutching the purse because I'm black. This is what happens when you start getting into peoples' thoughts. I'm six foot one. I'm about two hundred and something pounds. A little four foot eleven lady in the elevator may be intimidated because I'm a man standing behind her rather than me being black.

I think when we start trying to get into peoples' thoughts and what they're thinking, there are no more lynchings, there are no more hangings, we're not being beaten to death for whistling at white women and we still get our jobs and, when we don't, we sue them and we do what we do. It's not even close.

Pearl Junior>> Okay, but statistically, white on black hate crimes are still leading in hate crimes in this country according to the United States Census Bureau, so there's still a lot of hate crimes that are going on, but is the media suffocating that and not really talking about it and ignoring it?

Joe Hicks>> But there really aren't a lot of hate crimes, Pearl. Hate crimes in proportion to the major categories of crime are miniscule. I guess my question here is should this notion of, if racism isn't manifesting itself in ways you can touch, see, feel, taste, and it's been our perception of what white people are thinking about us, shouldn't that then instruct some kind of change in terms of the activities of the NAACP, you know, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters, et al? Should that not then result in some new way of viewing where we are in society in terms of this swing of progress on racism?

Tamon Pearson>> Well, because if they view it differently, that would mean they'd be cutting out their meal ticket. You have to at least continue to let people continue to think that there are problems like hangings and lynchings. We were talking today about a gentlemen who we saw suing the Los Angeles Fire Department for racial discrimination because, when he was being hazed, they put dog food in his food.

Joe Hicks>> $2.7 million dollars to brother guy.

Tamon Pearson>> And he said that it was a racial thing. Now the last time I checked in the history books, I don't remember anything about us eating dog food. I don't remember Alpo being part of the whole lynching process.

Joe Hicks>> I know, but is it a sign of progress, though, that we're talking about racism in these kind of terms as opposed to, you know, people being prevented from getting jobs or people prevented from renting -- not saying that these things don't ever occur, but --

Pearl Junior>> -- well, they just did a survey. Like Chenequa Jenkins. She might not get a call-in for an interview because her name is Chenequa, okay? So they still say there's very ethnic names. They did another survey that, when you call on the phone and you sound very black, that was another test that they did, and the black people didn't get called in. So there is still a lot of racism there and to think there isn't is to me naďve and silly.

Tamon Pearson>> Now I think that there's been a lot more progress than you're letting on. The fact that a Chenequa was kept from getting a call-back is one thing, but when you have players in the NBA making eighty million dollars and they claim racism because they have to actually have a dress code and this is comparable to --

Pearl Junior>> -- I think they should have a dress code (laughter).

Tamon Pearson>> I don't remember any players making eighty million dollars --

Joe Hicks>> -- you can set that straight, yeah.

Tamon Pearson>> You can put me on the plantation, yeah.

Pearl Junior>> Right, exactly. But what you have to remember is that there's only four hundred twenty-three jobs with NBA players.

Joe Hicks>> That's true.

Pearl Junior>> Just because eighty percent of them are black does not mean the entire black population is bawling like that.

Tamon Pearson>> I agree.

Pearl Junior>> We're still in poverty. We still have single parent households. We still have a lot of social issues that no one in power except for, in my opinion, Bill Cosby, is talking about.

Joe Hicks>> But the last time I checked, the majority of black Americans are middle class or better. Am I right?

Pearl Junior>> No.

Tamon Pearson>> We're doing much better. The black income has never been higher. We have more black --

Joe Hicks>> -- statistically, that's true.

Tamon Pearson>> Statistically, there are more black small businesses right now. There are more black homeowners and there are more black men, actually for the first time in a long time, who are actually staying with their women.

Pearl Junior>> No, that's not true. I'm going to tell you the truth.

Tamon Pearson>> These are all true.

Pearl Junior>> In the 1960s, eighty percent of our children were born in wedlock. Right now, it's down to thirty percent of our children. We have to really study and we have to research what's going on to know what's going on. We have serious, serious issues in the black community and everybody wants to sugarcoat them. There's a lot of psychological stuff that's going on where we don't think we're good enough.

Joe Hicks>> Of course, of course. But the question is, again, back to the basic question. You know, the racism that we struggled against for years was a very concrete kind of thing. And now we're talking about, you know, what's inside peoples' heads. I'm still back to this. I'm going to hammer this home.

Isn't a sign of progress? I tried to get this young man to at least acknowledge that somebody getting lynched from a tree, the devastation that that provides for a family and for a community, and somebody getting in an elevator and thinking, well, what's this woman thinking about me? Am I going to steal her purse? These are very different kinds of things.

Tamon Pearson>> It is different.

Joe Hicks>> Which means that this nation has fundamentally changed a great deal and shouldn't we be acknowledging that?

Pearl Junior>> I think it's just twisted, okay? Right now, instead of the white man lynching us, we're killing each other like crazy. We are becoming our own worst enemies, you see, so it's a different form of racism that's coming from the media and giving us images of ourselves not to use --

Joe Hicks>> -- but that's not racism, Pearl. That's cultural dysfunction. That's another whole question we could get into for like hours.

Pearl Junior>> But aren't we American?

Joe Hicks>> Of course. Bill Crosby has addressed it directly. A number of people have addressed it. John McWaters addressed it directly. Ron Williams addressed it directly in his book. People are addressing it and they're saying these are issues. Instead of people talking about the racism and what's existed, let's look inward at the black people and say what's causing these afflictions and how do we deal with them?

Pearl Junior>> But it's media images and we don't own our images.

Tamon Pearson>> But the fact that we're talking about NBA players and we're dealing with jobs that people have and we're dealing with these things rather than dealing with people being buried in shallow graves just goes to show that there has been progress.

Joe Hicks>> All right. We got to wrap it up and we got to get out of here. This has been fun, guys. We got to do it again. We could do this for hours, but we'll be back.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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