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Larry Aubry
The Rhetoric and Reality Of Race
August 16, 2018
The leaders of the desegregation social protest movement of a generation ago mobilized millions with one simple demand, “freedom.” In the context of a racially segregated society of the South in post-World War II, freedom meant elimination of all social, political, legal and economic barriers that forced African Americans into a subordinate status. ... read more »
Institute of the Black World 21st Century Conference
August 9, 2018
More than two thousand came from the greater Newark/New York region, Black America and the Pan-African world, drawn by the urgent impulse to connect, network, bond, share and unite in the wake of the most hate-filled, demagogic and divisive presidential campaigns that produced a presidential regime, elected by less than a majority of the popular vote, embedded with racism, white nationalism and Islamophobia.  It was one of the most threatening moments since the arrival of Africans on these hostile American shores. ... read more »
Black Violence: Beyond Statistics and Hype
August 2, 2018
America was built on violence and a propensity for violence is evidenced throughout its history. Many feel that this likely stems from a euro-centric propensity for dominance and   greed that contaminates others, but none more than Blacks who singularly bore the horrific burden of chattel slavery. ... read more »
Blacks Must Not Be Chained to Traditional Politics
July 26, 2018
Increasingly tough issues facing Blacks in the 21stcentury underscore the need for new and more effective leadership: It follows that new, client and community-oriented political and economic strategies are a must. Since partisan politics is neither designed nor particularly concerned with improving Black life, new thinking and new political alignments that better serve their interests are necessary. ... read more »
Black Students Blocked from Pre-School Through College
July 12, 2018
One in five Black high school students in California drop out before they can graduate.  And when do graduate, in California, they are also the least likely to graduate from community colleges, Cal State Universities or the University of California. ... read more »
Minimizing Race Reinforces White Privilege
July 5, 2018
The bogus claim that America is a post-racial society is fueled not only by conservatives, but liberals and progressives as well.  (Note: A post-racial America was one of Barack Obama’s campaign themes.)  This hybrid collective is made up of ideological opponents, ... read more »
A Glimpse of African American Health Care Needs
June 28, 2018
Some healthcare providers say African Americans have never been healthier, while others claim they have never been more at risk.  Still others marvel over African Americans having been able to survive at all. ... read more »
W.E.B. DU BOIS’ PROVOCATIVE VIEWS ON POLITICS, VOTING, AND NOT VOTING
June 14, 2018
Du Bois’ views were also well timed because they came the week before California’s presidential primary ... read more »
Post-Racial Myth Perpetuates Racism and White Privilege
June 8, 2018
White privilege and racism remain America’s pre-eminent realities even though white America still denies it. Sadly many Black people, albeit for vastly different reasons, join whites as partners in a dance of denial.   Clearly, Whites downplay the primacy of race but maintain race-based power under the bogus guise of America a non-discriminating melting pot.  (For many Blacks, downplaying race is a misguided attempt to assimilate.) On the color continuum, however, it’s still the closer to White, the better, rendering assimilation an exercise in futility.  Race matters, and Black lives have always mattered. ... read more »
PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP ESSENTIAL FOR BLACKS (PT 2)
May 10, 2018
A cohort of Black business people and politicians who pass for African American leadership is at an impasse.  Our leaders have failed to produce economic development models that benefit inner-cities and core Black enclaves. Not only is the Black leadership class unable to create jobs at living wages for hundreds of thousands of Black families, it can’t even describe to the rest of America how this might be done.  They are reluctant to emphasize the acute shortage of low and moderate-income housing or publicly question conditions and programs that exacerbate that shortage.  Black leadership has also proven powerless to significantly impact a nationwide imposition of separate and grossly unequal education. And African American businesses and political leaders lack the political will and imagination to rally their constituencies against the growth of a racially selective prison industry which has far-reaching economic and social consequences, particularly for Black youth. ... read more »
PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP ESSENTIAL FOR BLACKS
May 10, 2018
Things have gone from bad to worse, yet efforts to develop and sustain unity among Black leadership is distressingly lacking. Blacks tend not to hold their leaders accountable, which adds to an unwillingness to change their self-serving behavior. Having internalized America’s values without full access to its benefits, both the community and Black leadership are reluctant to challenge the oppressive racist status quo. ... read more »
White Privilege Aided By Minimizing Race
April 26, 2018
The ongoing reality of white privilege cannot be overemphasized and should never be minimized. Why? As the face of racism, white privilege perpetuates America’s foundational tenet, i.e., to control and oppress people on the basis of race or ethnicit ... read more »
EINSTEIN, BLACK LIVES, MATTER AND SUSTAINABLE OUTRAGE 
April 19, 2018
I’m sure my readers’ are wondering what possible connection exists between Albert Einstein, the renowned theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity—and Black Lives Matters.  ... read more »
CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CLOSE BUT NOT THE SAME
April 5, 2018
Four years ago, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 was celebrated throughout the nation which included high profile television and print media coverage.  It was supposed to change race relations in America but Blacks and civil rights  leaders cautioned that despite progress, the fight for full justice and equity was far from over.  ... read more »
IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM REALISTIC?
March 29, 2018
Public education has failed Black students.  Tragically, by virtually any measure, they are behind all other groups, including immigrant Latino students who have been in the U.S. for only three years.  At the federal, state and local levels there have been some programs   that relate to African American students. ... read more »
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