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Empowerment Requires Unaccustomed Unity
February 7, 2019
Talking about Black unity has fallen out of favor, but the need for unity is as great, if not greater, than ever. Black unity is a perquisite for sustainable change, but it has become a dust-covered relic.  Bastardized remnants remain, but are found mostly in venues that do not advance our collective interest.  Blacks continue to emulate Whites' individualistic and materialistic values without commensurate benefits.  Nonetheless, unity is essential for effectively working with each other and others. ... read more »
STRONG BLACK LEADERSHIP KEY TO SUSTAINABLE UNITY
January 31, 2019
For us, ineffective, self-serving leadership perpetuates a status quo that clearly does not serve own best interests. ... 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 »
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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 »
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 »
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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 »
Ode to my Niece,Thais (June 25, 1937-February 19, 2012)
September 13, 2018
She shared her life to the fullest and we too are blessed that she passed our way ... read more »
Sustaining Righteous Community Outrage
August 23, 2018
Righteous outrage must be sustainable.it 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. ... read more »
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 »
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 »
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