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LA SCHOOL BOARD'S WESTCHESTER HIGH DECISION WRONG
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 28 April 2011
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education's decision to convert Westchester High School to a "full magnet" discriminates against both parents and students. As with public school ... read more >>
OBAMA'S TWISTING BLURS HIS PRIORITIES
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 21 April 2011
I support President Obama because he is unquestionably a positive alternative to George W. Bush. That said, however, like many others, Blacks especially, I am very concerned about his propensity for accommodation ... read more >>
THE CONSTANT VEXING ISSUE OF BLACK LEADERSHIP
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 14 April 2011
Slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights era- each reflected America's mood, race-based priorities, and Black's resilience at the time. However, honest commentary on the early 21st century will ... read more >>
COMPLACENCY FEEDS CONTINUING VIOLENCE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 31 March 2011
Violence respects neither race nor class but has become the horrific norm in certain Los Angeles neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), statistics notwithstanding, violence has actually ... read more >>
BLACKS AND RACIAL DISPARITY IN FOSTER CARE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 March 2011
In Los Angeles and across the nation, there are large disparities in foster care and Black children are faring far worse than all others. Former California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass considered foster ... read more >>
BAD TEACHERS ARE RARELY FIRED. WHY?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 March 2011
The process for firing teachers is linked to current reform efforts to include student performance in teacher evaluation. The latter should cause ineffective teachers to be detected and removed sooner, ... read more >>
ASSAULT ON LABOR: WISCONSIN IS AMERICA
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 11 March 2011
The national budget crisis exposes an anti-labor sentiment that reflects America's staunchly conservative underbelly.Wisconsin's Republican governor Scott Walker proposes legislation that would strip most ... read more >>
ERIC LEE: A CLEAR ALTERNATIVE IN BOARD DISTRICT I
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 04 March 2011
Education is the civil rights issue of the 21st century yet schools continue to fail Black students. Little is done to remedy the education establishments' near criminal failure, perpetuated by the silence ... read more >>
BLACK YOUTH: EVIDENCE OF A DARKER REALITY WITH HOPE
Written by Larry Aubry, (Columnist) 24 February 2011
Second of two parts The Black Youth Project addresses core conditions, norms and values that shape the lives of African American youth. The purpose of the research is to act as a corrective to both popular ... read more >>
FORCE BLACK LEADERS TO THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 February 2011
 It is encouraging that leading up to the upcoming March 8th elections in Los Angeles, considerable discussion and planning for more effective and accountable Black leadership has taken place. For example, ... read more >>
FRED HORN: AN EXCEPTIONAL MAN AMONGST MEN
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 February 2011
 The Long Table was not set for food, but service. It was established by Fred Horn in 1972 as a space for L.A.'s Crips and Bloods to sit together and work out their differences. Earlier, he founded the ... read more >>
DEMOCRATS (AND OBAMA'S) ACCOMMODATION TOO COSTLY
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 January 2011
 From my perspective, the current Democratic Party's compromising nature-and President Obama's acquiescence-does not provide the kind of leadership necessary to restore the party's dominance. Beginning ... read more >>
ELECTORAL POLITICS CRITICAL FOR BLACKS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 January 2011
 How will Blacks navigate increasingly turbulent political and economic waters? The short answer is, with great difficulty. Black leadership rarely addresses this question and generally acts as though ... read more >>
RACE MATTERS IN POLITICS AND ALL ELSE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 14 January 2011
 Race matters. Even when not explicit, it is an indelible ingredient of social, political and economic reality in America and throughout the world. The primacy of race should neither be ignored nor minimized. ... read more >>
WANTED: COURAGEOUS, EFFECTIVE BLACK LEADERSHIP
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 January 2011
 Things have gone from bad to worse. Twenty-first century problems portend even greater challenges for the future, but efforts to develop unity among Blacks typically end in useless rhetoric. One reason ... read more >>
The New Jim Crow
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 30 December 2010
THE NEW JIM CROWMichelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow, offers a penetrating perspective on today's mass incarceration. She makes the case that America's prison industrial complex is the new Jim Crow ... read more >>
EDUCATION REFORM DOESN'T TARGET BLACK STUDENTS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 December 2010
EDUCATION REFORM DOESN'T TARGET BLACK STUDENTSThe "Parent Trigger" is the latest education reform to gain public attention. (If 51% of a school's parents sign a petition expressing their dissatisfaction, ... read more >>
Bill Cosby’s Misguided Denigration of Blacks
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 16 December 2010
Bill Cosby’s Misguided Denigration of Blacks  Dr. Bill Cosby denigrates Blacks, especially young inner-city Black males. Minimizing both history and systemic factors, he implies that Blacks themselves ... read more >>
Juvenile Reentry and Challenging Environments
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 December 2010
JUVENILE REENTRY AND CHANGING ENVIRONMENTSToo little attention has been given to the complex challenges and barriers confronting juveniles returning to society after being incarcerated. The pipeline to ... read more >>
Black Leadership: Toward Unity and Progress
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 02 December 2010
Black Leadership: Toward Unity and ProgressChallenges constantly collide and collude, impeding Black progress. Blacks' seemingly endless struggle for justice could have proved fatal long ago but for their ... read more >>
OSCAR GRANT: THE KILLING, TRIAL AND MODERN JIM CROW
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 08 July 2010
OSCAR GRANT: THE KILLING, TRIAL AND MODERN JIM CROW"The officer who killed my son was crying on the witness stand and the judge was sympathetic and offered him cool water to console his tears....When members ... read more >>
FREMONT HIGH: RADICAL CHANGE OR JUST A FACE LIFT?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 01 July 2010
FREMONT HIGH: RADICAL CHANGE OR JUST A FACE LIFT?Restructuring, reconstituting, reorganizing-all have been used to describe the changes planned for long-suffering, low-performing Fremont High School in ... read more >>
OBAMA: AN UNPREDICTABLE WORK IN PROGRESS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 June 2010
OBAMA: AN UNPREDICTABLE WORK IN PROGRESSresident Barack Obama's first eighteen months in office have been called everything from successful to disastrous. Supporters and opponents alike criticize his domestic ... read more >>
EDUCATION TOWN HALLS MODEL FOR BROADER UNITY?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 June 2010
EDUCATION TOWN HALLS MODEL FOR BROADER UNITY?The first of two Town Halls on the "Crisis in Educating Black Students" was held last weekend. The second is on Saturday, June 26th to come up with specific ... read more >>
A BLACK PERSPECTIVE ON IMMIGRATION
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 June 2010
 A BLACK PERSPECTIVE ON IMMIGRATIONA month ago, this column addressed the complex anti-undocumented issue. Since then, the debate has grown more contentious. Both the Los Angeles and City Council and ... read more >>



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