During more than three decades at the Los Angeles Times, Sandy Banks has served as reporter, editor, editorial writer and internship director. But she’s best known for her personal columns, which focus on private lives, public policy and people who inspire and infuriate us. She returned to The Times in 2019 after a four-year hiatus. A Cleveland native, Banks has three grown daughters and lives in Northridge.
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If we are going to celebrate the new holiday and the end of slavery, we must acknowledge that the dreadful practice continues to shape the nation.
Soy un entusiasta de las vacunas. Mi hermana es una escéptica. Pasamos meses debatiendo la cuestión, y tratando de preservar nuestra relación en el proceso.
I’m a vaccine enthusiast. My sister is a skeptic. We spent months debating the issue — and trying to preserve our relationship in the process.
What we’re stuck with in Los Angeles is a policing culture that has never not been sick
The Rodney King verdict made it hard for me to believe there would be justice for George Floyd. I’m relieved I was wrong.
Demonizing the victim, as Chauvin’s lawyers have done, works particularly well when the victim is Black, because it activates unconscious racial biases.
Can Black Americans and Asian Americans make common cause in battling white supremacy?
Calculating how many people have been infected isn’t a simple matter, which is why estimates of local infection rates vary widely.
As the mother of girls, I felt my daughters were perpetually at risk because of gun-wielding young men. But what if I had been the mother of boys?