Halloween not for mocking other cultures

Freedom New Mexico Halloween is in large part an escapist holiday, allowing people of all ages to dress up for scares or for laughs. But the joking stops and damage is done when costumes center on racial or cultural stereotypes. As reported by the CBC News, Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society, or […]

No room for racial insensitivity in political rhetoric

Freedom Newspapers Congressman Doug Lamborn, U.S. representative for Colorado, was recently on a radio show discussing President Obama, the president’s economic policies, and the debt ceiling deals being debated. Lamborn used the phrase “tar baby” to describe working with the president. “I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching […]

CCCC defined by unfounded allegations

Freedom New Mexico When Concerned Citizens of Curry County first appeared last month, we welcomed their voice, wanted to know more about their concerns of racial inequality in Clovis Municipal Schools’ leadership, wanted to hear their solutions to problems we know exist. Then their stunning allegations were quickly proven false, their demands were clearly unreasonable, […]

Lessons of racial history should not be forgotten

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist I do not remember being conscious or aware that Gary Reynolds was African American. I remember being fully aware that he was the football middle guard on whom I relied to tie things up on the line so that I, as the linebacker behind him, could read the play and […]

Understanding key to racial harmony

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers By the time you read this, Don Imus’ racial slur aimed at the Rutgers women’s basketball team will have been talked to death. But will there be a resolution to forgive and forget? I doubt it. Since Imus recently referred to the mostly black team as “Nappy-headed hos” after they […]

Racial tension part of Clovis history

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By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Clovis’ history has included many difficult days. Retired school teacher Elaine Howell remembers Jan. 15, 1971, as one of the worst. Thirty or 40 black students from Clovis High School were excused that morning to attend a memorial for Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who had been […]

Racial profiling only effective option

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Charges of racial, religious and ethnic profiling swirl in the wake of US Airways’ removal of six imams. According to police reports, the men made anti-American statements, were praying and chanting “Allah,” refused the pilot’s requests to disembark for additional screening and asked for seat-belt extensions for no obvious reason. […]

Black is many things, including Oprah

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The rappers are mad at Oprah again. Just one rapper, actually: the gentleman who calls himself 50 Cent, but whose 1994 mug shot identifies him as prisoner No. 94R6378: Jackson, Curtis. Mr. Cent — “Fiddy” to the cognoscenti — was one of a trio of rappers (Ice Cube and Ludacris […]

Parents, students should have right to choose

By Freedom Newspapers If those who try to forecast on the basis of comments during oral argument — always fun but not always reliable — are correct, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to strike down “voluntary” integration plans in school districts in Seattle and Louisville. Both districts assign students to schools in an effort […]

Affirmative action cripples everyone

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Time travel, long a staple of science fiction, has so far amounted to nothing more than a fantasy. But anyone interested in paying a visit to the past may soon get the chance. On Nov. 7, voters in Michigan will decide on a ballot initiative banning racial preferences in the […]

Discrimination unavoidable fact of life

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist There’s so much confusion and emotionalism about discrimination that I thought I’d take a stab at a dispassionate analysis. Discrimination is simply the act of choice. When we choose Bordeaux wine, we discriminate against Burgundy wine. When I married Mrs. Williams, I discriminated against other women. Even though I occasionally […]

Homicide defendant testifies to self-defense

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksHomicide defendent Jimmy Bentley demonstrates during Wednesday’s trial how he held the pistol the night he shot an Oklahoma man outside a Clovis motel. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The following report contains a racial slur. Murder defendant Jimmy Bentley on Wednesday adamantly denied using a racial slur […]

Civil rights icon leaves nation lasting legacy

CNJ Editorial Sooner or later in the 1950s, a crisis was bound to occur over legalized, state-enforced racial segregation. The policy was inconsistent with the ideals of individual liberty on which the country was founded, the experience of World War II had created cracks that were bound to widen in the edifice of racial segregation, […]

Racism poor excuse for irresponsibility

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Ministers Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Anthony Williams and others recently met to discuss plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the October 1995 Million Man March. Whilst reading about the plans, I thought of an excellent topic for the event: how not to be poor. […]

Key to creating equality is education

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Evelyn Rising is a feisty girl. She’s a classy dresser. She’s intelligent and headstrong and yet sensitive to people’s needs. Evelyn is a counselor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Evelyn, by the way, is black. Some of you may know her. She spoke the past two years during Juneteenth […]

Old double standard still holding on

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I wish I was offended. So many other people are that it feels lonely not to be. So I’ve tried to channel the anger I’ve seen in Internet postings. Tried to agree with Tony Dungy, a black football coach who says he was racially insulted. But all I see is a […]

Power of race warps our perspective

Ten years later, it feels like a fever dream. There is to it a sense of unreality. You want to say, did that actually happen? But you know it did. You saw it. You were there. Ten years ago, O.J. Simpson was arrested for murder and the whole country went nuts. Not all at once, […]

Black youth at fault for racial profiling

Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist What is racial profiling, and is it racist? We can think of profiling as using cheap-to-observe characteristics as indicators or proxies for more-costly-to-observe characteristics. A person’s physical characteristics, such as race, sex and height, are cheap to observe, and they might be correlated with some other characteristic that’s more costly to […]

Readers divided on comic strip

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the Clovis News Journal’s decision not to publish an upcoming B.C. comic strip. The strip refers to Asian characters who fail in their attempt to build a working airplane and includes a potentially insensitive line — “Two Wongs don’t make a Wright.” Some responses: “I agree that […]

No excuse for racial gap in education

Mona Charen Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom have produced a book that should rock the nation. “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning” is a brilliant analysis of what ails American education today. Though the Thernstroms will doubtless receive a certain amount of abuse for tackling this sensitive subject, no fair-minded person reading this scholarly […]