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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 15, 2007 / 5 Kislev 5768

How racial news became a new show biz

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Just as Don Imus gains a new show, Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman finds himself in danger of losing his.


That's just some of the latest news from what appears to be a vigorously growing arm of the entertainment industry, the racial etiquette beat.


Imus, as just about everyone on the planet knows, lost his CBS Radio and MSNBC simulcast earlier this year. He casually referred to Rutgers University's women's basketball team as "nappy headed hos." Months later, Citadel Broadcasting's radio outlet WABC New York has signed him up for a new show scheduled to debut on Dec. 3.


That's show biz. For shock jocks, an edgy, in-yo'-face brand of broadcasting that Imus helped to pioneer, getting fired from time to time only enhances one's street cred.


No so for the Dog. A&E suspended production on Chapman's popular "Dog the Bounty Hunter" pseudo-documentary series after his son Tucker sold an embarrassing tape of his dad on the telephone to the National Enquirer for cash. Ah, kids.


Chapman can be heard on the tape urging his son, Tucker, to end his relationship with his black girlfriend, Monique Shinnery. The professional bounty hunter can be heard referring to her as a "whore" and with the N-word accompanied by a modifying verb that is inappropriate for family newspapers.


With his TV future hanging in the balance, Dog embarked on what has now become a familiar ritual for Imus, Michael "Kramer" Richards, Doug "Greaseman" Tracht and other celebrities who find themselves in trouble for racial offenses: He contacted the Rev. Al Sharpton, whom celebrity spin doctors must have on speed-dial these days, right next to the Rev. Jesse Jackson.


Like other TV game shows, the game of "gotcha" to snare celebrities who say something offensive about women or minorities seems to be a growth industry. It is a peculiar sign of America's progress with race relations that today's racial news is so deeply dominated by issues that concern civil rights or racial justice less than they are arguments about etiquette.


This is an age, for example, in which Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware finds himself in the national doghouse for referring to his fellow Democratic hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, as "clean" and "articulate." The old etiquette might have let the remarks pass as naive condescension by someone who obviously meant well. With today's etiquette, Biden's campaign was viewed widely as sunk before it hardly set sail.


As Aldous Huxley wrote in "Brave New World Revisited," his non-fiction sequel to his classic futuristic novel, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are always on alert against tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions."


As a result, the social critic Neil Postman wrote in his 1985 book, "Amusing Ourselves to Death," we have allowed sports, the news, politics, religion and education become "congenial adjuncts" of the entertainment industry. Today we appear to have added race relations to that list.


As a result we take attention away from other urgent stories that unfortunately cannot be argued as easily or amusingly as Hollywood gossip can.


Compare, for example, the gravity of Dog the Bounty Hunter's vulgarities with that of another breaking news development: A major new study of some 2,300 families finds that, since the civil rights reforms of the 1960s, the nation's income gap between blacks and whites has grown.


According to the study, which was funded and managed by the Pew Charitable Trusts, incomes have increased over the past 30 years among both black and white families, mainly because more women are in the work force. But the increase was greater among whites. One reason for the growing gap: Incomes among black men have actually declined in the past three decades, when adjusted for inflation. They were offset only by gains among black women.


Whether you come at these findings from the political right, the left or the wobbly moderate middle, they call for serious discussion and, one hopes, action. Unfortunately the nation's airtime and talk time is more likely to be taken up with arguments about racial etiquette and which celebrity is the latest to break the rules.


I used to think Americans didn't talk enough about race. I now realize that Americans are delighted to talk about race, if it means they don't have to talk about class. Income inequality isn't as much fun. It's only more important.

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