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LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY CRUCIAL FOR BLACKS
Written by Larry Aubry 26 August 2014
A lack of accountability among Black leaders stifles Blacks’ progress.  And their usual silence on many important issues is egregious. Predictably, they do join in expressing outrage over blatantly ... read more >>
DISTRICT 1 RACE NOW ALSO A REFERENDUM ON DIRTY POLITICS
Written by Larry Aubry 25 July 2014
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THE POST-RACIAL HOAX REINFORCES WHITE PRIVILEGE
Written by Larry Aubry 11 April 2013
Those who claim America is a post-racial society are also more likely to accept an offer to climb snow-capped mountains in Florida.  Any measure, of public education, the criminal injustice system, ... read more >>
LAPD SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY POLICIES ARE FLAWED
Written by Larry Aubry 28 March 2013
Anyone shooting a video, using binoculars, taking notes, drawing diagrams, taking a picture and even looking up at a building, can be considered a potential terrorist and placed on a Suspicious Activity ... read more >>
DOES W.E.B. DU BOIS’ VOTING PLAN FIT TODAY’S POLITICS?
Written by Larry Aubry 21 March 2013
On October 20, 1956 W.E.B. DU Bois delivered an eloquent indictment of U.S. politics while explaining to The Nation magazine readers why he would not vote in the upcoming presidential election.  He ... read more >>
BLACK IMMIGRANTS NOT PART OF IMMIGRATION REFORM First of two parts
Written by Larry Aubry Larry Aubry 28 February 2013
Immigration is again on the front burner for President Barack Obama and Congress.  A bi-partisan group of eight senators crafted an immigration bill and plan to meet with business and labor leaders, ... read more >>
RACIAL COLLABORATION TRICKY BUT NECESSARY
Written by Larry Aubry 13 December 2012
Racial/ethnic collaboration, for Blacks, is increasingly necessary but arguably, more difficult than ever. It requires agendas built on unity and mutual respect which Black leadership (and the Black ... read more >>
IMMIGRATION: BLACKS AND LATINOS COLLIDING II
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 11 October 2012
   Larry Aubry Today's column continues the discussion about immigration, citing and expanding portions of Dr. J. Owens Smith's (CSU Fullerton) paper, "The Impact of Immigration on the Socioeconomic ... read more >>
IMMIGRATION: BLACKS AND LATINOS COLLIDING
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 October 2012
  Larry Aubry First of two parts California recently passed the Dream Act. It creates new hope for undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children who have completed some college or served ... read more >>
NOW PRINCIPLED BLACK LEADERSHIP AN IMPERATIVE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 12 September 2012
Larry Aubry (First of two parts) Given the nation's reaffirming move to the right, the unprecedented obscene denigration of President Obama, and slippage in his iconic status among Blacks, effective ... read more >>
The Price of Black Disunity is Much Too High
Written by Larry Aurby 24 August 2012
The horrific fight between Los Angeles' three Black city council members over redistricting was totally void of civility and any semblance of positive common ground. It was a revealing, niggardly example ... read more >>
NEW ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDED FOR BLACKS' PROGRESS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 April 2012
The word "accountability" is used so often and indiscriminately, it has become an almost meaningless buzz word, especially for those in leadership positions. Today's column examines some implications of ... read more >>
WILL TRAYVON BE ANOTHER WASTED OPPORTUNITY?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 April 2012
Unfortunately, the odds are Trayvon Martin's tragic death will be just another wasted moment, not a spark that ignites a movement. When the spotlight of media coverage is gone and the strident outcry over ... read more >>
JUVENILE RE-ENTRY BARRIERS MUST NOT BE MINIMIZED
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 April 2012
Legislation and resources, though inadequate, tend to focus on the barriers confronting adults returning to society after being incarcerated. Although just as serious, problems facing juveniles returning ... read more >>
NEW LAPD ORDER STILL CRIMINALIZES INNOCENTS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 March 2012
Effective January 2, 2012 Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Special Order 11, (SO 11) was superseded by Special Order 1 (SO 1). Despite the addition of non-discriminatory language and a separate procedure ... read more >>
SILENCE PREVAILS AS SCHOOLS FAIL BLACK STUDENTS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 15 March 2012
Public schools fail to educate Black students and a prolonged silence of the total community, parents and Black leadership especially, contributes to the problem. Inequities and near criminal negligence ... read more >>
REFLECTIONS ON A HOMEWARD JOURNEY
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 February 2012
Today's column, written in 1987, is purely personal. I share it again because it reflects a reaffirmation of family, culture and early years that help to hone my values and the direction of my life's struggle.Feelings ... read more >>
BLACKS IN LABOR:
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 January 2012
OUTSIDERS BUT PART OF THE PROBLEMLabor unions are an inedible thread in the fabric of American society. It is not hard to imagine what this country would be like without the worker incentives and safeguards ... read more >>
THE STEADY COLLAPSE OF URBAN PUBLIC SCHOOLING
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 January 2012
Today's column is Escalating Downward: The Collapse of Public Schooling in the United States of America, by Floyd D. Hayes III, Ph. D., Senior Political Science Lecturer and Coordinator of Africana Studies, ... read more >>
INGLEWOOD CITY COUNCIL SILENT ON COP KILLINGS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 December 2011
In 2008, Inglewood Police Officers killed several unarmed men. And despite pledging transparency, the Inglewood City Council has yet to comment on the status of any of the four investigations of these ... read more >>
NAVIGATING EVERMORE DAUNTING CHALLENGES
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 December 2011
The twenty-first century poses increasingly daunting challenges for Black Americans and solutions will require new motivation and leadership. However, Blacks' individualistic and materialistic values mirror ... read more >>
WHITE PRIVILEGE PERPETUATED BY MINIMIZING RACE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 December 2011
 The bogus claim that America is a post-racial society is fueled not only by conservatives but liberals as well. (Post-racial America was one of Barack Obama's campaign themes.) This de facto counter-progressive ... read more >>
IS LATINO IMMIGRATION IN BLACKS' BEST INTEREST?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 02 December 2011
"Mexicans ("illegal immigrants") are taking our jobs." This is the clarion claim of countless Blacks', especially those in poor neighborhoods. Although supporting evidence is inconclusive, the claim is ... read more >>
A CHAMPION FOR FACES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 November 2011
Derrick Bell was a compassionate scholar and intellectual force. He was a champion of civil rights for African Americans, but with unwavering commitment, pursued racial and social justice for all Americans. ... read more >>
DON'T THROW THE PRESIDENT UNDER THE BUS, BUT ...........
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 28 October 2011
Blacks are in a quandary. Increasingly, they are acknowledging that President Obama is mortal, makes mistakes and should be held accountable for his decisions. However, they will not be party to the far ... read more >>
LAPD'S SPECIAL ORDER 11 TRAMPLES CIVIL RIGHTS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 October 2011
Over the past several years, anti-poor, economic, and anti-immigrant pressures have reached an alarming high in Los Angeles. Through the criminalization of poverty, homelessness and migration, those at ... read more >>
HELPING BLACK MALES: RHETORIC VS REALITY
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 02 September 2011
Black males are a not a major public policy consideration and are more accurately described as rhetorical and statistical priorities Poor young Black males, in particular, are discussed and researched ... read more >>
RACE A MAJOR FACTOR IN FOSTER CARE DISPARITIES
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 August 2011
In Los Angeles and across the nation, there are clear disparities in foster care and Black children are faring far worse than their white counterparts. For Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass, foster ... read more >>
SILENCE CONTRIBUTES TO BLACKS' 2ND CLASS STATUS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 August 2011
Silence is golden but can also be problematic, even crippling. Unfortunately, the latter pertains to Blacks' silence generally as well as Black leadership and tends to reinforce rather than alleviate an ... read more >>
LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR JUVENILES IS WRONG
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Senate Bill 9 changes California law that requires youth under the age of 18 to be sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison. The law is absolute; regardless of an inmate's positive growth there ... read more >>
WAL-MART VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS: BLACKS SAY WELCOME
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Wal-Mart exploits Black workers and others of color throughout the world, yet labor unions and Black civil rights groups are on meeting with Wal-Mart regarding expanding its operation in South Central ... read more >>
OBAMA AND BLACKS: AN UNTIMELY CONUNDRUM
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 July 2011
It is clear that right wing extremists (overwhelmingly white) are intent on destroying President Barack Obama's credibility. Increasingly however, erstwhile staunch supporters, including Blacks, are complaining ... read more >>
SECURING JUSTICE FOR BLACK IMMIGRANTS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 July 2011
Immigration reform is an intractable, highly contentious issue in Congress and cities with large numbers of immigrants. However, the debate around immigrant rights has excluded Black immigrants, which ... read more >>
RACE MATTERS: POST-RACIAL SOCIETY A HOAX
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 15 July 2011
Those with an iota of sophistication understand that race matters and that America is anything but a post-racial society. Unfortunately, that hoax, likely concocted by white-wing extremists, is embraced ... read more >>
COMMUNITY'S TACIT TOLERANCE AIDS BLACK VIOLENCE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 07 July 2011
Aided by a collective community silence, violence among inner-city Blacks remains high. Blacks denounce violence, but in some inner-city neighborhoods still kill each other with near epidemic frequency. ... read more >>
THE ISSUE IS NOT WHETHER OBAMA HAS A BLACK AGENDA
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 30 June 2011
The continuing controversy among some high-profile Blacks over whether President Barack Obama should have a Black agenda is largely wrongheaded. He will not explicitly embrace a "Black Agenda" as such, ... read more >>
REDISTRICTING AND BLACK COLLABORATION
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 June 2011
It's been quite a while since Black groups in Los Angeles forged long-term collaborative efforts on major political, education and economic issues. However, the African American Redistricting Collaborative ... read more >>
OSCAR GRANT TRIAL A GROSS TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 16 June 2011
Last weekend family members and supporters of Oscar Grant III met at the Southern California Library in South Central Los Angeles to protest the release of his killer, ex-Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) ... read more >>
BLACK MEDIA IN THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 June 2011
The Black press has, and should, play a significant role in the Black community. And, Blacks being disproportionately affected by the economic meltdown makes the Black press all the more important. The ... read more >>
ACCOUNTABILITY IS VITAL BUT CANNOT BE ASSUMED
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 26 May 2011
Accountability has become a buzz word, especially for those in leadership positions. Today's column examines some implications of the disconnect between the rhetoric of accountability and actual accountability ... read more >>
BLACK CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 19 May 2011
Last week, a small group of graduate students, college professors and community members attended a Mini Conference at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) to share articles, essays and other ... read more >>
GANG INJUNCTIONS OFTEN PROBLEMATIC
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 19 May 2011
The police chief and new mayor are calling for another gang injunction in the city of Inglewood. Why, since reportedly, there has not been a recent spike in gang-related activity, crime or violence in ... read more >>
UNITING TO IMPROVE BLACK STUDENTS' EDUCATION
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 05 May 2011
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) fails to properly educate Black students. They are the school district's lowest achievers, but have never received respect, attention or resources commensurate ... read more >>
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 >>
For Blacks Prison Doesn’t Cancel Debt to Society
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 June 2010
For Blacks Prison Doesn’t Cancel Debt to Society  Serving one's time in prison satisfies the debt to society. Right? Wrong. Blacks especially, do not have fair access to jobs after getting ... read more >>
Malcolm X’s Prophetic Challenges Relevant Today
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 May 2010
Malcolm X’s Prophetic Challenges Relevant Today  Prologue: "Here at this final hour, we come to bid farewell to one of our brightest hopes. This gallant young champion lies before us, unconquered ... read more >>
Arizona Law Protest: Halo Effect for Blacks?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 May 2010
Arizona Law Protest: Halo Effect for Blacks?  The new Arizona law (SB1070) making it a crime for "illegal immigrants" (undocumented workers) to be in Arizona, requiring police to determine whether people ... read more >>
Sadly, Violence Among Blacks Unchecked
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 April 2010
Sadly, Violence Among Blacks Unchecked  It is axiomatic that statistics are often misleading and Los Angeles Police Department data citing a major drop in homicides citywide is a prime example. The ... read more >>
Job Relief and Blacks and White Man on Whites
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 April 2010
Job Relief and Blacks and White Man on Whites Mainstream media seldom runs stories or commentary deemed outside of its skewed parameters. Today's column consists of excerpts from two quite different ... read more >>
Accountability Essential for Black Progress
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 15 April 2010
Accountability Essential for Black ProgressAccountability is a prerequisite for viable efforts to improve the quality of life for Blacks in the U.S. Unfortunately, when current Black leaders talk about ... read more >>
Office for Civil Rights Ignores Black Students
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 08 April 2010
Office for Civil Rights Ignores Black Students  Black students, Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) lowest achieving group, are not included in the U.S. Department of Education, Office ... read more >>
President’s Race Key Factor in New Forms of Racism
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 01 April 2010
President’s Race Key Factor in New Forms of Racism  The so-called Tea Party and Republican Party are essentially the same, they differ only in style. The Tea Party's big dust bowl rally last ... read more >>
Should Obama Have a Black Agenda Is the Wrong Question
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 March 2010
Should Obama Have a Black Agenda Is the Wrong Question The Tavis Smiley/Al Sharpton media brawl, if nothing else, underscores the need for clarity and accountability-presidential and otherwise. However, ... read more >>
IS CIVIL RIGHTS PROBE UNFAIR TO BLACK STUDENTS?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 March 2010
IS CIVIL RIGHTS PROBE UNFAIR TO BLACK STUDENTS?A major investigation of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) was scheduled to ... read more >>
Agitation is the Real Key to Education Reform
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 11 March 2010
Agitation is the Real Key to Education Reform  "Power concedes nothing without a struggle." - Frederick Douglass Last week the Western Regional Council on Educating Black Children (WRCEBC) held its ... read more >>
Will “Race to the Top” Accord Race Proper Weight?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 December 2009
Will “Race to the Top” Accord Race Proper Weight? These days, much of the talk in public education is about Barack Obama's education reform, Race to the Top. The President says, "This competition ... read more >>
LAUSD School Choice No Choice for Black Parents
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 December 2009
LAUSD School Choice No Choice for Black Parents The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will build 50 new schools in the next three years and provide targeted support for 260 underachieving schools. ... read more >>
Obama: Promises, Ratings and Vicious Attacks
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 December 2009
Obama: Promises, Ratings and Vicious Attacks President Barack Obama is the target of increasingly vile attacks from the extreme right. Unfortunately, his timid response to certain issues gives these mobsters ... read more >>
Will LAPD’s New Chief Be About Ghosts or Glory?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 12 November 2009
Will LAPD’s New Chief Be About Ghosts or Glory?  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's choice to head the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is as true blue as they come. (This has both positive and ... read more >>
Black Violence, Slavery and Reparations
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 05 November 2009
Black Violence, Slavery and Reparations Most people don't see a connection between Black violence and reparations but the two are inextricably linked. Reparations involves compensation for damages incurred ... read more >>
Recent Teacher Evaluation Change Way Overdue
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 October 2009
RECENT TEACHER EVALUATION CHANGE WAY OVERDUEGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature realized millions of federal dollars would be withheld unless California changed teacher evaluation criteria ... read more >>
Black Males Endangered But Do We Really Care?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 October 2009
Black Males Endangered But Do We Really Care?Young Black males are principal players in the unholy drama of wanton violence in our inner cities. The recent surge in such violence was propelled into sharp ... read more >>
Surge in Youth Violence is a Wake Up Call, Maybe
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 15 October 2009
Surge in Youth Violence is a Wake Up Call, Maybe  Hopefully, the savage killing of 16-year-old Derrion Albert in Chicago will galvanize sustained protest, not only to his death, but the surge in Black ... read more >>
Accountability is Only a Rhetorical Imperative
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 08 October 2009
Accountability is Only a Rhetorical Imperative  Talk's growing among Blacks about presidential accountability. However, such banter skirts an equally important long-standing issue: Lack of accountability ... read more >>
Obama’s Agenda and Rights' Attacks Interconnected
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 September 2009
Obama’s Agenda and Rights Attacks Interconnected Conservative extremists are attempting to annihilate President Obama who at times, gives them additional ammunition. He is being hit from several ... read more >>
Black on Black Violence Now a Horrific Norm
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 September 2009
Black on Black Violence Now a Horrific Norm Despite citing a reduction of overall crime, the Los Angeles Police Department recently formed a task force to combat a significant spike in homicides, especially ... read more >>
The Obama (and Blacks) Conundrum
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 September 2009
President Barack Obama is catching hell from all sides-some deserved, some not. It is clear, however that white conservatives are viciously working to destroy his credability and that increasingly, erstwhile ... read more >>
Too Many Blacks Feel Silence is an Option; It Isn’t
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 September 2009
Too Many Blacks Feel Silence is an Option; It Isn’t Silence of the lambs..... Blacks, in general, and Black leadership in particular, are often silent on issues of grave concern. The reasons for ... read more >>
Black Leadership!!!
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 August 2009
Black Leadership!!! Current problems ranging from the economic depression to major local issues that disproportionately impact Blacks such as proposed education reform in Los Angeles that excludes Black ... read more >>
So Bratton is Leaving
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 August 2009
Police Chief William J. Bratton abruptly resigned recently and not too many Blacks are shedding tears. They are relieved because Bratton, who is deified by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and much of the city, ... read more >>
The Hypocrisy of a Post Racial Society
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 August 2009
The amazing thing about Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates' ordeal was he was amazed at being arrested.The mainstream media and nameless others are spreading the notion that America has become a post-racial ... read more >>
Consent Decree Lifted Despite Racial Profiling
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 30 July 2009
Smart money says the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) consent decree would not have been terminated if most of those alleging racial profiling were white. And if Chief William Bratton really believes ... read more >>
Blacks Not Part of Public School Choice Plan
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 23 July 2009
Déjà vu. Unfortunately, LAUSD's Black students are not even a footnote in the latest proposal for reform. Board member, Yolie Flores Aguilar has introduced a resolution that calls for a different ... read more >>
U.S. Supreme Court Both Downplays and Affirms Race
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 16 July 2009
The United States Supreme Court in Ricci v. DeStefano continued its erosion of civil rights protections by further narrowing the definition of affirmative action. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that ... read more >>
Blacks and Racial Disparities in Foster Care
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 July 2009
In Los Angeles and across the nation, there are large disparities in foster care and Black children are faring far worse than their White counterparts. California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass considers ... read more >>
U.S. Boycotts Global Conference On Racism Why?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 02 July 2009
Last April, over 100 countries at the United Nations Global Anti-Racism Conference in Geneva, Switzerland agreed on a declaration to combat racism and related forms of intolerance worldwide. The United ... read more >>
Identity Politics Basis for Black Empowerment
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 25 June 2009
Conservatives' claim that identity politics is damaging to the "American Way" is patently false-it is the American way! (Identity politics is solidarity within racial, ethnic or other special interest ... read more >>
Blacks Complicit in Anti-Immigrant Movement
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 June 2009
"Mexicans ("illegal immigrants") are taking our jobs." This specious claim is made by a considerable number of Blacks in Los Angeles, especially in poorer neighborhoods. Although the evidence does not ... read more >>
Beyond Speeches and Tears
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 11 June 2009
The latest killing by Inglewood Police spawned predictable outrage. But like too many others, 27-year-old Marcus Smith's death is shrouded with troubling questions and contentiousness. Contributing systemic ... read more >>
Black Empowerment Presumes Unaccustomed Unity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 04 June 2009
Black unity, a prerequisite for sustainable change, has become a dust covered relic; only bastardized remnants of Black solidarity remain and are found mostly in non-Black venues like the Democratic Party, ... read more >>
Inglewood Cops Shoot First With Impunity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 28 May 2009
Here we go again. Another Black man was recently killed by Inglewood Police under questionable circumstances. This is the fifth such killing in a year's time, and people are demanding answers from Police ... read more >>
Beyond 100 Days
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 21 May 2009
Not only does President Barack Obama enjoy Blacks' overwhelming adulation and support, many consider him a savior, beyond criticism. But there are indications that Blacks are not, and may never be, among ... read more >>
Bad Teachers Cripple Students But Are Rarely Fired
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 14 May 2009
Teacher incompetence and misconduct are far more pervasive than most people realize. The LA Times recently ran stories on the arduous process of firing incompetent teachers in California. (Black students, ... read more >>
A Somali-American Responds to Somalia’s Plight
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 07 May 2009
 Kayse Jama attended the initial meeting to form a "Black Immigration Network" two weeks ago in Baltimore, Maryland. (Urban Perspective 4/30/09) Kayse is a forceful, articulate advocate for human rights ... read more >>
Addressing Black Immigrants’ Overlooked Rights
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 30 April 2009
Black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, Haiti, et.al, are barely footnotes in the immigration reform conversation. A recent meeting of the fledging Black Immigration Network (BIN) in Baltimore, addressed ... read more >>
ACCOUNTABILITY
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 23 April 2009
There is growing talk among Blacks about the need for presidential accountability. Fine, but such banter usually sidesteps an equally important concern, i.e., lack of accountability by Black elected and ... read more >>
A More Focused State of Black America
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 16 April 2009
Marc H. Morial's remarks about the National Urban League's State of Black America 2009: Message to the President are as noteworthy as the report itself. In strong, unambiguous terms, the League's President/CEO, ... read more >>
Obama’s Stimulus Package: A Critical Analysis
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 April 2009
Critics of President Obama's stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) include many of his ardent supporters. There is growing concern that the package is inadequate to reverse the current ... read more >>
Kenneth Garner’s Leadership Praised Not Emulated
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 26 March 2009
Kenneth O. Garner died unexpectedly earlier this month.  He was a deputy chief, third in LAPD’s chain of command and chief of South Bureau.  When he did not show up at a Town Hall ... read more >>
Actualizing the Pre-Eminence of Education
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 19 March 2009
President Barack Obama's first major speech on education called for linking teachers' pay to student performance ( merit pay), and expanding charter schools. Teachers and teacher unions are ... read more >>
A Black Union: Moving From Conversation to Unity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 12 March 2009
The Tavis Smiley Show returned to Los Angeles recently, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the State of the Black Union. Thousands converged on the Convention Center to hear stimulating conversation ... read more >>
Wal-Mart Continues to Exploit Workers Worldwide
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 05 March 2009
Wal-Mart periodically announces policy changes that turn out to be nothing more than camouflage to deflect criticism of its discriminatory employment practices. But its transgressions don't often ... read more >>
The Elected Obama
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 26 February 2009
Barack Obama's election is mega change from George W. Bush's calamitous imperialism. However, those who believe he is a flawless icon will be sorely disappointed. Not only is Obama mortal, ... read more >>
Gang Injunctions: Political Exercises in Futility?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 19 February 2009
The proliferation of gang injunctions is as problematic it is enticing. The injunctions are not sufficiently linked to broader, long term implications; many consider them politically driven, shortsighted ... read more >>
Increasing Violence and Crippling Independence
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 05 February 2009
Violence respects neither race nor class and has become the horrific norm in neighborhoods throughout the city and county. (Contrary to main stream media hype, however, it is by no means confined to ... read more >>
The Exorbitant Price of Continuing Disunity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 January 2009
Barack Obama's presidency, an occasion for unbridled rejoicing, arguably will have little effect on the storied disunity of America's Blacks. Despite notable progress, Blacks' attitudes ... read more >>
King-Drew: Retrospective on Systemic Negligence
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 January 2009
The following Urban Perspective (9/29/06) offers some insight on the shoddy leadership and lack of accountability that led to MLK hospital's demise. Its service area, the poorest in LA county, ... read more >>
Response to Inglewood Cop Killings Mainly Silence
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 15 January 2009
The City of Inglewood's reaction to last year's spate of killings by Inglewood Police was overwhelmingly underwhelming. Protests were initiated by outsiders, not Inglewood residents who seemed ... read more >>
Black Leaders Lack Accountability with Impunity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 08 January 2009
Black leadership's lack of accountability is a recurring topic here because although reprehensible, it continues unabated. Far too many Black leaders fail to respond to the needs of constituents ... read more >>
Are Black Students Finally On Center Stage?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 01 January 2009
Superintendent David Brewer's departure could prove a catalyst for sustainable efforts to improve the quality of education for LAUSD's long-neglected Black students. Encouraging signs include ... read more >>
Katrina Gross Negligence Affirms Prior Assessment
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 25 December 2008
In August, 2007, I voiced concern that post- Katrina planning gave insufficient attention to the poorest victims. Unfortunately, those concerns have been affirmed: The Black poor, especially in the ... read more >>
Brewer's Heralded Hiring Also Sealed His Fate
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 December 2008
David L. Brewer III's brief stint as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) represented high hope and expectations gone awry. Convinced that he had the requisite leadership, ... read more >>
Black on Black Violence: Part Pained Indifference
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 04 December 2008
Blacks universally denounce Black-on-Black violence but in many neighborhoods kill each other with near epidemic frequency. Relatively few are involved, directly or indirectly, in efforts to eliminate ... read more >>
Schools Fail Black Students, So Why Are We Silent?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 November 2008
Public schools fail to educate Black students. However, a prolonged silence of parents, educators and others helps to perpetuate such failure. Abject negligence by urban school districts like the Los ... read more >>
What Do You Say: Are Racism's Tentacles Indelible?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 November 2008
The problem is not defining racism, but doing something about it is; its pernicious tentacles still infect all of our lives. And even though contemporary advocate scholars like Michael Eric Dyson and ... read more >>
What Now, Deja Vu or Strategic Alternatives?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 November 2008
Waves of euphoria greeted the news that Barack Obama had become president of the United States. However, reaction ranged all the way from joy and grudging acceptance, to disappointment and disgust--all ... read more >>
The Campaign and Beyond Deconstructing Obama
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 November 2008
"I'm not voting for a Black man." This refrain, prevalent among white union members in NW St. Louis, mirrors continuing racism that was still the biggest obstacle to Barack Obama's ... read more >>
Progressive Leadership for the 2nd District
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 30 October 2008
The county's 2nd Supervisorial District deserves visionary, progressive leadership and State Senator Mark- Ridley Thomas fits the bill. His integrity, intelligence and audacious courage in the ... read more >>
Prevention Key to Reducing Violence in Schools
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 23 October 2008
Schools echo America's history and continuing propensity for violence; school violence is a subset of broader youth and urban violence spawned by poverty, racism and systemic neglect clearly ... read more >>
Redistricting: Those Who Draw the Lines Prevail
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 16 October 2008
It's both unnerving and reprehensible that Los Angeles Black leadership, elected officials especially, have said virtually nothing about the redistricting initiative on the November ballot-no community ... read more >>
Racial Pride: A Lost But Found Imperative
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 October 2008
In a momentous demonstration of ethnic pride, thousands of Jews celebrated the Star of David flag-raising at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles. What's wrong with that? Nothing, but similar expressions ... read more >>
Denying Race Matters Perpetuates White Priviege
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 02 October 2008
America continues its tap dance around the reality of race. Sadly, Blacks participate in the charade, albeit for vastly different, though equally fallacious reasons. Whites downplay the primacy of ... read more >>
New Black Leadership Key to Strategic Unity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 25 September 2008
Challenges and barriers constantly collide, impeding Black's progress. Their seemingly endless struggle for justice might have proved fatal long ago but for storied resilience. Resilience is not ... read more >>
Inglewood's Killings: City Council Doesn't Get It
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 September 2008
The Inglewood City Council recently called a special meeting on recent officer-involved shootings (OIS)-Inglewood police have shot and killed four men in the last four months. The meeting was at 2:30 ... read more >>
Bill Cosby’s Continuing Denigration of Blacks
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 28 August 2008
Dr. Bill Cosby demeans Blacks, especially young inner-city Black males. Although fully aware of the antecedents to Black America’s plight, Cosby, ignoring both history and systemic factors, puts ... read more >>
EXPO Line Dangerous And Discriminatory
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 August 2008
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) puts the burden of the proposed Expo Light Rail Line street level trains on South Los Angeles. The following commentary by Damien Goodman, Chair of the Citizens ... read more >>
Given Half a Chance, Black Males Succeed
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 14 August 2008
Public education’s criminal neglect of Black students, especially Black males, is a recurrent subject of this column. Locally, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), among others, continues ... read more >>
Peak Oil: An Incubating Global Tsunami
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 07 August 2008
Most people have never heard of peak oil-the peaking of global oil production. It has devastating ramifications, especially for Blacks and other disenfranchised groups throughout the world. Global warming ... read more >>
Inglewood: What Happens When Outrage Fades?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 31 July 2008
Last week’s Inglewood City Council meeting was packed, even the overflow room overflowed. The large crowd, rare except after a crisis, consisted of Inglewood residents, concerned others, and grieving ... read more >>
Race Matters Absolutely in Politics and All Else
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 July 2008
Race matters. Even when not explicit, it is an inextricable ingredient of social, political and economic reality in America and throughout the world. The running debate, notwithstanding, the primacy ... read more >>
Obama Shifting: Principled or Just Expedient?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 July 2008
Barak Obama has changed positions on several issues during the course of the campaign. Although a staunch Obama supporter, I believe whether his shifting (“flexibility”) is principled or ... read more >>
Reopen MLK Hospital with Patients Top Priority
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 July 2008
Reopening Martin Luther King Hospital (MLK) must be predicated on providing quality health care for the poorest population in Los Angeles County. Reportedly, the University of California (UC) is set ... read more >>
Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Message Resonates
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 July 2008
Excerpts from Frederick Douglass’s Independence Day address, 1852, in Rochester, New York, embody his continued relevance and provide sobering balance to Blacks’ understandable euphoria over ... read more >>
Blacks and Latinos: Lessons from Mississippi
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 26 June 2008
California’s Black and Latino leaders should take a hard look at David Bacon’s essay, “Black and Brown Together,” (American Prospect, March 2008). It’s about a successful ... read more >>
Killing Spree Underscores Dire Need for Change
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 19 June 2008
Just two weeks ago, this column was about stopping the killing in Los Angeles. Since then, there were fourteen killings in Los Angeles County in one weekend—most in the city of Los Angeles’ ... read more >>
Barack Obama: Audacious and Accomodating
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 12 June 2008
Euphoria abounds and is well deserved. But people must keep in mind that Barack Obama’s presidential priorities and commitments really won’t be known unless and until he becomes President. ... read more >>
Stop the Killing: Complacency or Engagement
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 04 June 2008
Last month, nineteen-year-old Michael Byoune was shot and killed by two Inglewood police officers. According to Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, they believed that gunshots were coming from the car ... read more >>
Malcolm X’s Prophetic Challenges Unmet
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 May 2008
Prologue: “Here at this final hour, we come to bid farewell to one of our brightest hopes. This gallant young champion lies before us, unconquered still...Did you talk to Brother Malcolm? Did ... read more >>
LAUSD’s Egregious Neglect of its Black Students
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 May 2008
“The territorial imperative is threatening to rip apart Locke High School...It recently became the latest battleground for Black and Latino students fighting for turf and respect throughout Los ... read more >>
Black Unity Requires Disavowing Self Deprecation
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 15 May 2008
“We can’t seem to work together...Blacks are always putting each other down.” These kinds of self-effacing aphorisms underscore the continuing significance of the Willie Lynch syndrome. ... read more >>
Special Order 40 vs Divisive Racial Opportunism
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 08 May 2008
Jamiel Shaw’s parents’ fervent plea that their son’s death not be used as a tool for encouraging anti-Latino sentiment fell on deaf ears. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Special ... read more >>
Escalating Downward: The Collapse of Urban Public Schooling
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 01 May 2008
Today’s column, “Escalating Downward: The Collapse of Public Schooling in the United States of America,” is an exception to academia’s accustomed disconnect with “real ... read more >>
Cosby’s Current Specialty: Defaming Ghetto Youth
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 April 2008
Dr. Bill Cosby castigates poor and working-class Black inner-city youth. He says, “Black children are running around not knowing how to read or write and going nowhere.” To unemployed Black ... read more >>
Black on Black Violence: A Hideous Conundrum
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 April 2008
Part 2 of 2 Black on Black violence diminishes human life but increasingly, is more likely to occur in inner-city neighborhoods. Pervasive violence exists with muted outcry from both the victims ... read more >>
Black on Black Violence: A Horrible Testimonial
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 April 2008
Part 1 of 2 Black on Black violence is the ultimate decadent manifestation of self-hate, spawned and nurtured by a racist society. Inner-city Black communities express outrage over exceptionally brutal ... read more >>
Labor Reform Misses Rank and File Blacks
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 April 2008
For Black unionists, labor reforms like those in public education, law enforcement and politics are paper pronouncements, not a reality. They also know that “reform” emanates from privileged ... read more >>
Is Black Leadership Equal to the Task?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 March 2008
Black leadership heads the list of relentless challenges bombarding Black Americans. Unless leaders become more effective, however, responses to these growing challenges will remain fragmented, i.e., ... read more >>
Providing Quality Education a Moral Imperative
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 March 2008
Excellence in education is the real goal even though the “achievement gap” for Black students gets the press. Apparently, neither is a moral nor educational imperative for Black adults or ... read more >>
Festering Black-Latino Relations A NON-Priority
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 March 2008
Festering Black-Latino Relations A NON-Priority Intense anger, fear and distrust generally characterize the feelings of Blacks (and Latinos) over the recent spate of senseless violence and killings ... read more >>
Protecting Endangered Crystal Stairs
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 March 2008
This column tends to focus on issues such as Black leadership, education and police malpractice. This week, it highlights, in some detail, the negative impact of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ... read more >>
LAPD Up Close: Culture and Politics Intact
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 28 February 2008
A discerning look at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reveals an unchanged underbelly, ostensibly impervious to all but rhetorical reform. A federal consent decree, notwithstanding, the department ... read more >>
Black Leadership Redux, Redux
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 21 February 2008
Fading civil rights gains, huge demographic changes, crisis in educating Black children and diminishing political clout are among current challenges that demand effective Black leadership. Of course, ... read more >>
Obama and Blacks: Change or Masked Tradition?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 14 February 2008
It’s too early to know whether Barack Obama is a genuine change agent vis a vis Blacks’ concerns or just an enticing mirage. The question of where he stands is vital, whether or not he wins ... read more >>
Education is a Civil Right
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 07 February 2008
A Black Educational Civil Rights Agenda was formed a year ago to address historic, documented educational under achievement of African Americans in public schools throughout the nation. The following ... read more >>
Black Males are Endangered, So What?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 31 January 2008
Dr. Bill Cosby regularly castigates “disgraceful’’ young Black males from his elitist perch. Sadly, many Black adults share Cosby’s predilection and maintain a safe distance (literally ... read more >>
Unity Efforts Hampered by Self-Serving Irrelevance
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 January 2008
There is a stark contrast between Blacks on social, political and economic issues today compared to the civil rights era. In the 1960s (and preceding years), freedom and justice were the clarion call. ... read more >>
Hard Challenges Require Recommitment Not Resign
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 January 2008
Urban Perspective is principally description and exhortation directed at removing barriers to Blacks’ rights and progress. Downplaying negatives with “positive spin, as some suggest,” ... read more >>
Race, Poverty and Class Still Limit Blacks' Progress
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 January 2008
Last year was not particularly good for Blacks, but not substantially different than others in recent memory. Despite claims to the contrary, Blacks’ progress-social, political, economic—continues ... read more >>
Partisan Politics Not Designed for African Americans
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 January 2008
African Americans’ interests are not served by partisan politics but most are Democratic Party loyalists. And unfortunately, Black elected politicians often support Party over constituent priorities. ... read more >>
Reforms and Communities Overlook Black Students
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 December 2007
Plans to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) abound, but none include specific focus on Black students, the district’s lowest achievers and lowest priority. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ... read more >>
Consent Decree:?Compliance Without Complying?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 December 2007
The good news for Chief William Bratton and cohorts is that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will probably be found in substantial compliance with all requirements of the Federal Consent Decree. ... read more >>
Debunk Distorted Research But Not Truth
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 December 2007
Research on Blacks, including surveys and polls, has always been tainted, tending to reflect the author’s bias. Results routinely fail to depict Black life and times. However, some research on ... read more >>
Knowledge is Prelude to Transforming Black Disunity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 November 2007
An “African American Knowledge Transfer Summit” is being held this week in Los Angeles to discuss the future of Black advocacy and leadership. Topics range from leadership succession to ... read more >>
Will the Superintendent Still Get a Standing Ovation?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 November 2007
A year ago, David L. Brewer III took the helm of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) but there is growing doubt about his ability to tame that monstrosity. Many seem poised to see him leave, ... read more >>
Knowledge is Prelude to Transformng Black Disunity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 15 November 2007
An “African American Knowledge Transfer Summit” is being held this week in Los Angeles to discuss the future of Black advocacy and leadership. Topics range from leadership succession to ... read more >>
Restoring MLK Absent the Loyal Opposition
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 08 November 2007
Where is the anger, outrage, and resolve to keep Martin Luther King (MLK) a full-service hospital? Were expressions genuine or simply utterances of people so disillusioned that thin bravado is all they ... read more >>
Rampant On-Going Violence But No Jena Six Outrage
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 01 November 2007
Violence is a perennial topic. However, notwithstanding distorted media accounts and research reports ad nauseum, violence has increased horribly among Blacks in Los Angeles and throughout the nation. ... read more >>
Demand Education Reform That Benefits Black Students
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 25 October 2007
Two weeks ago in this column, I urged Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to focus specifically on Black students in his education reforms for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). His ... read more >>
The Content of Who's Character?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 October 2007
Shelby Steele is a Black college English professor. His book, The Content of Our Character, published sixteen-years ago, was highly praised, especially by conservatives. No matter that these days, liberal, ... read more >>
Jena Six: Redirecting Outrage to Continuing Injustice
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 04 October 2007
The crowd in Leimert Park was impressive. Los Angeles’ ode to the Jena Six brought out the youth and older folks who stood shoulder to shoulder—a rare sight. Young adults planned the demonstration ... read more >>
Debunking King Hospital's Premature Post-Mortem
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 September 2007
Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital is not dead. There’s plenty of life and resolve left in its supporters to resurrect the beleaguered institution. Local residents and the cadre of long-time loyalists ... read more >>
Leadership! Leadership! Leadership!
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 September 2007
Slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights-each period reflected the nation’s political and economic priorities. The current era’s description could include an annotation to the effect ... read more >>
Wal-Mart's Menace Requires Constant Vigilance
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 September 2007
Wal-Mart’s soiled profits are built on the backs of poor people of color throughout the world. And the mega retail corporation saturates the media with ads extolling its stores and products. (Los ... read more >>
Ethical Standards Also Apply to Black Leadership
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 August 2007
Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is a reluctant headliner because of the flap over her residence. All of the facts are not in, but speculation about Burke’s veracity continues. People ... read more >>
Katrina's Damage Continuous and Poor Hurt Most
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 23 August 2007
There is broad consensus that post-Katrina New Orleans is a divided city, racially and economically, the poor are not top priority, and, the city will never be the same. Many also believe the mayor ... read more >>
A 'Black Agenda:' New Priority for Hard Challenges
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 19 July 2007
A Black agenda is collectively determined social, political, and economic strategies or actions by Blacks for the benefit of Blacks. The terms, “Black” and “Black agenda” surfaced ... read more >>

 

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