Larry Aubry

Sustaining Righteous Community Outrage

Righteous outrage must be is necessary to bring about the political pressure crucial for actual long range change.  Of course, ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Black community itself to forge its own future which requires new mindsets and most important, new behavior. Developing sustainable righteous outrage is only one of other important tasks that collectively, we must undertake as part of a self-determined Black agenda.

The Rhetoric and Reality Of Race

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.

Institute of the Black World 21st Century Conference

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.

Black Violence: Beyond Statistics and Hype

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.

Blacks Must Not Be Chained to Traditional Politics

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.

Minimizing Race Reinforces White Privilege

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, i.e., extreme right wing   conservatives, ambivalent liberals and so-called progressives.  Unfortunately, many Blacks also embrace the post-racial rhetoric, albeit for vastly different reasons. White leadership downplays the primacy of race, but maintains race-based power under the mythical guise of America as a melting pot. And for many Blacks, minimizing race is part of a long- misguided attempt to assimilate

Post-Racial Myth Perpetuates Racism and White Privilege

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.


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.


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.

White Privilege Aided By Minimizing Race

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


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.