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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 >>



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