The Seattle Times editorial “Seattle’s Ferguson-related protests are doing more harm than good” [Opinion, Dec. 3] perfectly illustrated the misconceptions that have surrounded the Ferguson protests. While there have been hundreds of people protesting peacefully the murder (and yes, the fatal shooting of an unarmed boy should have been termed murder), The Seattle Times…More
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The editorial decrying the violence and vandalism of Seattle protesters over events in Ferguson, Mo., is absolutely correct as far as it goes, which is unfortunately not nearly far enough [“Seattle’s Ferguson-related protests are doing more harm than good,” Opinion, Dec. 3]. Yes, this is about Ferguson. Yes, it is about police brutality seriously…More
They are not the enemy I was pleased to read that police officials invited black community leaders and activists to discuss police engagement with the community [“Community, SPD talk about preventing a Ferguson here,” page one, Aug. 27]. I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood where cops walked the beat and kids went to the…More
I am utterly amazed that the tempest in a teapot controversy about “The Mikado” appearing in the pages of The Seattle Times over the past few weeks completely misses the major theme of “The Mikado” and, in fact, all of Gilbert and Sullivan’s work [“Making ‘The Mikado’ without Asian stereotypes,” Opinion, July 27].
That theme is a strong call to question authority and honor egalitarianism, especially in matters of the heart. The protagonists in Gilbert and Sullivan operas are mixed couples, in terms of class, but that could just as easily be religion or race. They have impediments to their relationships imposed on them by authority figures and bizarre laws. In the end, the couples and the authority figures find ways around the repressive taboos so the couples can be together.
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After Sharon Pian Chan’s column, the defenders of the practice of yellow-face (white actors playing Asian characters with the aid of make-up, costumes and stereotypes) have leaped up in defense of Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s yellow-face production. Mike Storie and Gene Ma have written a guest editorial, defending this production, saying that “The Mikado”…More
In response to Megan Yeggy who commented about favoring people who are more like ourselves [“Favoring like people: Fix daily bias,” Northwest Voices, May 25], I agree there are many ways for discrimination to rear its ugly head. However, simply asking someone what his or her nationality is or where he or she is…More
The stir about racist comments by former Clippers owner Don Sterling highlights the faulty thinking of people, generally, about that topic [“Attorney: 3rd party leaked recording of Sterling,” NBA, May 1]. The central error is the initial assumption that the word “race” refers to some specific, significant human characteristic or set of characteristics that…More
I’m writing in support of Sherri Day’s column “Bringing up black boys with fear” [Opinion, Feb. 21]. I am the mother of a white son. I never have to worry about my son being racially profiled by police and being ticketed or arrested for a trivial issue like “tire noise” (true story from a…More
Responding to the article stating that there is “No reference to Jesus’ earthly appearance in the Bible” [“Does it matter what race Jesus was?” News, Dec. 25], the author might be interested in four books of the Bible dedicated to that subject: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Charter schools should be examined Lynne Varner’s recent column reminds us of the importance of culturally appropriate school policies and self-acceptance. [“The politics of a black girl’s dreadlocks at an Oklahoma school,” Opinion, Sept. 9.] However, when Varner states that “It is understandable why many black parents have trouble trusting and in turn investing in their…More