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Larry Aubry
Black Violence is Not The Norm, And Never be Considered as Such
January 10, 2019
Pervasive police abuse of Black people, young Black males, especially, is being documented as never before. As a result, the nation is more aware of the problem; whether or not this results in sustainable change in policy and practice remains to be seen. ... read more »
ACCOUNTABILITY CRUCIAL FOR BLACK PROGRESS
January 3, 2019
The Black community’s failure to recognize and acknowledge the need for broad, overall accountability absolves everyone ... read more »
Is Continuing Injustice Grounds A Call for Arms?
December 27, 2018
Black Lives have always mattered but Black people do not always act like it. Most Blacks know racism still exists but are conditioned to feel inferior to whites and often become complicit in their own oppression. I write about this periodically, because Blacks’ collective silence reinforces the barriers to their own wellbeing. While high-profile cases grab headlines and heartstrings, temporarily, other less heralded, but equally egregious, ongoing atrocities against Black people have become a crippling norm. (Public education’s failure to educate Black students and Black homeowners disproportionately suffering foreclosures as a result of the economic meltdowns, for example, are in some ways just as egregious as high profile cases of police killing unarmed Black men and boys. ... read more »
Schools Fail Black Students, Why Are We Silent?
December 20, 2018
In a previous column, Schools Fail Black Students, So Why Are We Silent? (Nov. 2008), I   described barriers in LAUSD that contributed to a failure of the district to properly educate Black students. Substantially ... read more »
Thirteen Years After Devin Brown, Has LAPD Changed?
November 29, 2018
A charade going on at the Los Angeles Police Commission meeting every Tuesday.  It goes like this:  The public, mostly Black Lives Matter members, are chastised and even arrested for allegedly violating house rules and protocol.  ... read more »
The Eastside Boys
November 22, 2018
“We got what we wanted, but lost what we had,” (An Eastside boy) Older Blacks often compare conditions under lawful segregation with post-civil rights de-facto segregation that legally afforded them greater opportunities but did not eliminate the barriers that still block such opportunities. ... read more »
Racial Pride Enhances Collaboration
November 15, 2018
Black Lives Matter.  The name itself tends to debunk the myth that America is race-neutral.  Similarly, the Black Lives Matter Movement is s helping to expose the nation’s refusal to acknowledge racism and white privilege that is reflected in the fabric of this country from its inception. ... read more »
Racism’s Ongoing Devastating Impact
November 8, 2018
Racism is as real as ever and Black lives have always mattered. However, most people, including many Blacks, deny or minimize the devastating effect of racism and tend to act as though somehow, Black lives are less valuable, even less sacred than white lives. The Black Lives Matter movement has the potential for strengthening sustainable unified Black leadership which would distinguish it from the many failed attempts to build a Black united front since the civil rights era. Hopefully, it will succeed, but remaining unapologetically Black is a daunting challenge and time will tell. ... read more »
Black Students Still Only a Rhetorical Priority
November 1, 2018
Public education continues to fail African American children with little public outcry and   those who do protest strongly are often ostracized by the education establishment. Meanwhile, as has been the case for at least the past fifty years, there are no effective, sustained protests of the pervasive miseducation of Black children.  This speaks volumes about Black leadership, in general, and educational leadership in particular. ... read more »
The Rhetoric and Reality of Race
October 25, 2018
The racial conscious­ness and discourse of the West was forged on slave ships carrying human car­gos into the Caribbean and the Americas. The search for agricultural commodi­ties and profits from the ex­treme exploitation of Black people, deemed as less than human, gave birth to the notion of racial inequality. ... read more »
21st Century Challenges Require New Mindsets and New Behavior
October 18, 2018
Demographic changes in California and throughout the nation are profoundly altering the political landscape. Not the least of such changes is the impact of the huge increase in the Latino population. Cleary, Latinos are already asserting their new found political strength. This threatens many African Americans, who rather than work to strengthen relations with Latinos, for mutual benefit, seem determined to cling to their own highly limited  past political and economic gains, real and imagined.  ... read more »
Improving Black/Latino Relations is Their Job, Not Others’
October 12, 2018
Improving Black/Latino relations was never really a major political priority in Los Angeles but should have been. Why? Sustainable collaboration between the two groups, based on mutual respect and an explicit commitment to honor the terms of any agreement to work together, is really the only way to strengthen their relationship and respective goals. ... read more »
Blacks’ Political Future Not Sealed
October 4, 2018
  This analysis presumes the city’s “Senior Black leadership,” whoever they were, were ordained to exercise awesome political power, apparently so entrenched and so unquestioned, that the group’s choice for the 10th District seat would have been elected to succeed Tom Bradley. ... read more »
The Price of Black Disunity is Much Too High
September 27, 2018
The negative implications of disunity are clear though largely ignored, even though now, more than ever, Black unity on political, economic and public policy issues is crucial-not just for forward progress, but our very survival. Today’s column takes a closer look at Black disunity and the need to come together to develop strategic alternatives for concrete sustainable change. ... read more »
Race Has Always Mattered
September 20, 2018
   The institutionalization of racial difference codified white peoples’ refusal to grant Blacks such basic democratic rights as citizenship, access to the legal system and the right to vote. ... read more »
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