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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 >>

 

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