June 20, 2009
Last week’s shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., exposed that the nation’s virulent strain of racism and racial hatred continue decades after the civil rights movement. What role should religion play in the ongoing effort to stamp out racism? And how, if at all, have churches failed in that effort so far? The central message that God has given Christians to proclaim to the world is called “the Gospel” (literally “the good news”)
August 11, 2001
Should John Burroughs High School keep its Indian mascot or choose another? What do you think? I am a Chippewa Indian, and my siblings and I attended high school with white people. We were the only Indians in the town, but much to my distress we were not the only Indians at the school. Our sports team was named the Indians. When in assembly (which took place in the gymnasium), the wall had a caricature much to the liking of Chief Wahoo. I will never forget the first time I saw the cartoon drawing and the horror I felt with the representation of an Indian looking like that.
May 19, 2001
Every Tuesday night at the Burbank City Council meetings Esther Espinoza brutalizes the 1st Amendment and the elected officials of our City Council. This is ridiculous, wholly unwarranted and detrimental to our city. I hear her say that the city is racist and that our elected officials are racists. The only racism I see evident in City Hall is Ms. Espinoza, herself. Her repeated comments on the ethnicity of council members David Golonski, Stacey Murphy and Marsha Ramos make her bigotry evident.
May 5, 2001
Lolita Harper CIVIC CENTER -- Two former employees of the Burbank Public Services Department have filed claims against the city, alleging a hostile work environment and acts of retaliation by a supervisor. In a claim received by the city on Jan. 9, Marie Galvez alleged that her supervisor, Richard Corbi, retaliated against her after she filed an in-house complaint with the Public Service Department regarding a hostile work environment. A month later, Swen Williams -- who also also filed a hostile work place complaint within the department -- accused Corbi of the same retaliatory actions.
March 7, 2001
Native Americans have been mistreated and discriminated against throughout the history of this country. I know this from personal experience, growing up on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma during the '30s and '40s. Now, 60 years later, comments have bee made to the City Council that remind me of the deplorable way my family was treated while I was growing up. When I was young, being an Indian was the worst thing you could be. A dog had it better.
July 14, 2001
Wow! Leader editors criticize Temple Emanu-El for making a "desperate attempt to gather up followers with an emotional argument" and crying "'bias' in a case that's clearly not about bias at all." But, wait a minute. Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago that those same editors endorsed efforts to change the school symbol of John Burroughs High School based on similar emotions and unjustified claims of bias? One of their reporters on the July 7 front page is allowed to use "racism" in his opening sentence.
June 23, 2001
Oral communication has recently become distasteful. I hope that all the people that approach the podium will abide by the rules that common decency dictate. It would be ideal to adhere to the policies this great city of ours promotes in order to have structured, yet open, dialogue for everyone. Let's all stop reckless and abusive behavior at the podium. Let's stop the racism and other ethnic bombardments that exude hatred and malice toward others.
May 23, 2001
I have been reading the letters in the Leader regarding the John Burroughs High School mascot with increasing disbelief. I fail to see why discontinuing the use of a racist image is still a debatable issue in 2001. Some have argued that no racism is intended. Well here's the test. Would we use the image of any other racial or ethnic group, such as a cartoon of an African American or an Asian American, to identify a publicly funded school? I don't think so. Why would we want to promote division, increase racial and ethnic tensions and undermine the current efforts to teach students sensitivity?
January 31, 2004
Gary Moskowitz A decision this week by the state Assembly to pass legislation prohibiting schools from naming mascots for Native Americans will not stop students at John Burroughs High School from cheering for their Indians. Lawmakers on Thursday voted 43-20 in favor of the California Racial Mascots Act, which prohibits public schools from using the term "Redskins" as a school or athletic team name, mascot or nickname. The bill, proposed by Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg (D-Los Angeles)
May 30, 2001
I am writing concerning the recent letters that condemn the use of an American Indian as a school mascot. Many letter writers are offended because they see the American Indian mascot as the singling out of a racial minority by a bigoted society. They also see the Burbank Unified School District as dishonoring these American Indian people. I can assure you that nothing is further from the truth. In her May 16 letter, Stephanie Saucedo writes, "Native Americans are the only ethnic race to be widely used as mascots for fun and games in this country."