Commentary

  • September 15, 2005

    A NEW USE FOR “INDECENCY”?

    by Marjorie Heins

    Does the giant size of media corporations lead to more raunchy shows on radio and television? A study released last week reported a strong correlation between increasingly consolidated media ownership and increased “indecency” findings by the Federal Communications Commission. In fact, the study found that the FCC levied 90% of all indecency fines against three of the four biggest companies in the business - Clear Channel, Viacom, and Entercom.

    September 15, 2005
  • Racial Profiling Post 9/11 - Still a Bad Idea
    By Prof. Angela J. Davis
    American University Washington College of Law

    Since September 11th, some Americans defend the racial profiling of Arab-Americans and describe this practice as a small price to pay and a mere inconvenience to assure safety and security. I disagree. Racial profiling is never justifiable because it is far more harmful than many people realize, and it is basically ineffective as a law enforcement tool.

    November 5, 2002
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
    December 18, 2001

    Exposing Ashcroft’s Ethnic Dragnet: U.S. Treatment of Middle Eastern Residents Mirrors the Fate of Those with Japanese Heritage
    By Jessie Allen

    The Justice Department says there is legal precedent for the President George Bush s order of secret military tribunals for non-citizens suspected of terrorism. Indeed there is. But the most relevant case may be one the government is ashamed to mention.

    December 18, 2001
  • The case of Reno v. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee 97-1252, to be argued before the Supreme Court Nov. 4, reviews whether an individual deserves prompt judicial review when asserting a First Amendment defense in response to the government’s prosecution. Its not a high-profile case, but the principle at stake is constitutional bedrock, and the case requires the court to fulfill its critical, if not always popular, role in our tripartite democracy.

    November 2, 1998

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