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July 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM

‘The Mikado’: Producers of Seattle production need to respond better to outcry

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”…

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Comments | More in Arts, Race | Topics: Gene Ma, Japanese, Ken Narasaki

June 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Discrimination: Asking about one’s nationality is not microagression

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…

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Comments | More in Race | Topics: discrimination, ethnicity, race

May 12, 2014 at 6:02 AM

NBA owner’s remarks: Race is superficial

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…

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Comments | More in Race | Topics: Don Sterling, genetics, Lilia Torres

September 11, 2013 at 6:59 AM

The politics of race and hair at an Oklahoma school

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…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics, Race | Topics: charter schools, education, hair

July 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Self-policing as a person of color

Column not relevant to Zimmerman While I thank Professor Bryan Adamson for his brief autobiographical history of race relations in our country, he misses the point of the Zimmerman verdict. [“Guest column: The racial self-policing that African-American men already do,” Opinion, July 30.] His experiences as a black man growing up in America likely ring true…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: ACLU, bryan adamson, george zimmerman

July 31, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Self-policing as a person of color

Columnist ignored real problem I agree with everything Professor Adamson wrote about self-policing by nonwhites. [“Guest column: The racial self-policing that African-American men already do,” Opinion, July 30.] However, his column was comparable to complaining about being uncomfortable because of being overweight, but ignoring the real problem by thinking of yourself as the thin man. Black and…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: media, profiling, race

July 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

The case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

Guns are to blame Race was not the reason Trayvon Martin was killed. [“Northwest Voices: The case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman,” seattletimes.com, July 22.] George Zimmerman may have been adverse to black people, adverse to intruders in his neighborhood or felt a need to protect his home. But that is not why Trayvon Martin…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: george zimmerman, gun safety, guns

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