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Advocacy, the Academy and Mushy Thinking (The Wide Angle Blog, July 1, 2011)

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The Circumcision Wars (The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2011)

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Male Circumcision Ban Proposed in Santa Monica (The Jerusalem Post, May 25, 2011)

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Right Goal, Wrong Strategy (The Wide Angle Blog, May 11, 2011)

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The Bus Has Left the Station (City Journal, April 1, 2011)

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UCLA Leads the Pack (The Wide Angle Blog, March 29, 2011)

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Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes (The Wide Angles, March 25, 2011)

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The Uncle Tom Accusation, Again (The Wide Angle Blog, March 18, 2011)

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A Forward Looking Decision in Civil Rights (The Wide Angle Blog, March 9, 2011)

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Israeli Consul General, Palestinian Lobbyist Reach Mock Peace Agreement (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 6, 2009)

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Critical Issues Seminar—Mock Peace Summit in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, April 29, 2009)

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In Battle Between Teachers, LAUSD, It’s the Kids Who Lose (Daily News, March 6, 2009)

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L.A. at the Tipping Point (www.RonKaye.LA, February 13, 2009)

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Theatrics by the Teachers (Daily News, February 8, 2009)

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Critical Issues Seminar—Millennials Remaking America with KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, January 21, 2009)

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The Good News About Gaza in America (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 21, 2009)

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What Oakland Should be Protesting (Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2009)

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Calling All Radical Reformers to LAUSD (Daily News, December 14, 2008)

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Attention Politicians: Pandering Won’t Fly (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, November 12, 2008)

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Presentation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali of Ziegler Prize for Courage of Conviction (Japan American Theatre, October 22, 2008)

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The Problems and Potential of South L.A., A Dust-Up Exchange between Joe R. Hicks and Earl Ofari Hutchinson (Los Angeles Times, August 11-15, 2008)

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Find Fresh Ideas to Battle Hate, Letter to the Editor (Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Fast Food Freeze is a Good Choice for South LA by Jan Perry, Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Do You Want Poppycock With That? by Tim Rutten (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2008)

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Fast-food Moratorium is Meddling (Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2008)

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Critical Issues Seminar on the Role of Race in the 2008 Elections in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, June 27, 2008)

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Shalom is not Funny (Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News, June 23, 2008)

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A Dangerous and Precedent Setting Intrusion (Jewish Journal, June 13, 2008)

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“Ziman and Lee” (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 16, 2008

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Families Deserve More than a Moratorium (Los Angeles Times, Blowback, April 10, 2008)

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On Any Given Sunday, Rev. Wright is Wrong (www.theroot.com, March 26, 2008)

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Obama’s Minister (KPCC’s Airtalk, March 18, 2008)

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LA Gang Violence Spikes (Associated Press, March 6, 2008)

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Critical Issues Seminar on The State of the Black Civil Rights Movement Today in conjunction with the Los Angeles Public Library and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, February)

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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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Playing a Frayed and Faded Race Card (Jewish Journal, January 18, 2008)

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Limiting Fast Food Outlets---Path to Better Health? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 20, 2007)

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The State Bar and Revealing Data on Minority Passage Rates (KCET’s Life & Times, December 18, 2007)

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Divisions in the Jewish Community—Talking About Jerusalem (KCET’s Life & Times, December 12, 2007)

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Do Los Angeles’ Anti-Gang Programs Work? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 6, 2007)

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Sharpton Leads Call for Federal Investigation of Hate Crimes (Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2007)

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Race Card Backlash (Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2007)

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Critical Issues Seminar on Charter Schools in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 5, 2007)

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The Private Lives of Public Officials (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, October 2, 2007)

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“Smart Growth” and Los Angeles Planning (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 20, 2007)

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Civil Rights in Louisiana (To the Point, KCRW-FM, September 20, 2007)

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The Racial/Ethnic Educational Achievement Gap (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 12, 2007)

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Board Vote Not Aimed At Students (Los Angeles Daily News, September 9, 2007)

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Healthcare Reform and Politics (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 5, 2007)

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Gangsta Rap and its Impact (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 13, 2007)

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Mexican Americans and Drunk Driving (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 6, 2007)

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Baseball and the Decline in African-American Players (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 30, 2007)

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Los Angeles Unified’s New Board (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 23, 2007)

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New Times and the NAACP (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 9, 2007)

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Immigration and the new Sanctuary Movement (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, April 25, 2007)

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The Teachers’ Union and School Reform, (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, April 18, 2007)

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Drop the Race Card (Washington Post, April 15, 2007)

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The Governor’s Health Care Plan (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, March 28, 2007)

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“Justice Takes A Beating In Long Beach Racial Hatred Case” ( Jewish Journal, February 16, 2007)

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“Living Wages or Dying Businesses?” (KCET’s Life & Times Kitchen Table Conversation, January 31, 2007)

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“Gangs of New York and LA” (Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, January 26, 2007)

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“Does Abe Foxman Have An Anti-Anti-Semite Problem?”, (New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2007)

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Racism Claims a Stretch" (Daily News, December 1, 2006)

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"Racism in Entertainment", (KCRW's "Which Way LA?", November 27,2006)

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Border Fence---Boondogle or Barrier?” (life & Times, November 15, 2006)

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“LA’s Jews and Other Minorities---Oh How They Danced” (Los Angeles Jewish Journal, November 11, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Immigration Debate Divides Conservatives" (Life & Times, October 5, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Drugs in Sports" (Life & Times, October 3, 2006)

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Award Dispute", KPCC's Airtalk, September 15,2006

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"Two Faced On Terrorism", Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2006

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Award to Islamic Leader Hathout Stirs Dispute", KCRW's Which Way LA?, September 14, 2006

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "California's High School Exit Exam?", ( Life & Times, August 23, 2006)

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"4 Los Angeles Latino Gang Members Convicted of Anti-Black Conspiracy" (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2006)

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"Muslim Council's Bias All Too Clear" (Los Angeles Daily News, August 1, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Celebrity Causes--Ego or Altruism?", ( Life & Times, July 13, 2006)

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Did Anti-Semitism Take Root at the South Central Farm? (Jewish Journal, June 23,2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversations regarding Immigration and Employment (Life & Times, June 21,2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of news segment on the South Los Angeles Farm controversy (Life & Times, June 6, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kithcen-table Conversation regarding the Mayoral takeover of the Los Angeles Unified School District (Life & Times, June 6, 2006)

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Letter to the Editor regarding Race, Religion, and Demographic Change (Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Hybrid Cars and Energy Conservation (Life & Times, May 23, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Teen Sex (Life & Times, May 18, 2006)

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Debate education policy, not race (Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Fatherless Parenting (Life & Times, April 11, 2006)

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Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 7, 2006)

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Civil Rights? How About Lawlessness? (Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Immigration (Life & Times, March 30, 2006)

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Differing Views of Race in L.A. Collide in 'Crash' (Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2006)

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Disputed Film Draws Muted Response (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 10, 2006)

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Blacks vs. Latinos at Work (Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2006)

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The Munich Concern Is Us--Not Film (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 20, 2006) with Dr. Michael Berenbaum

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NAACP Leader Turned Heads By Backing Tookie (Baltimore Sun, January 15, 2006) Joe Hicks quoted

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New Farrakhan Embodies Old Message (Los Angeles Jewish Journal, October 21, 2005)

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Let's Make A Diploma Mean Something (Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2005)

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Jackson Trial Reaction Shows How Unimportant Race Is in US (Los Angeles Daily News, June 19, 2005)

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Life & Times Transcript , April 4, 2006

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Black-Brown tensions

Val Zavala>> Earlier this year, student violence erupted at Fremont High School in South Los Angeles. Last year, it was Jefferson High. Now most of the student fights have been attributed to racial tensions, black versus brown, but is it that simple? And what about all that multicultural training we hear about? Didn't it do any good?

We brought three talkative people together in a kitchen over coffee -- caffeinated -- for a frank conversation. John Hill is president of a mentoring program called Fathers Heart Committee. Gary De La Rosa is with the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission where he's also their liaison to troubled schools. And Joe Hicks is with Community Advocates, Inc., an organization that encourages innovative approaches to race relations. The topic? Black-brown conflicts.

Joe Hicks>> You know, it seems like we spend an awful lot of money on multicultural and, you know, tolerance training in our schools. This is not going on in the jails, obviously, but certainly it's been happening in our schools. Either we waste a lot of money here or something isn't working. What do you guys see going on here? What's the problem?

John Hill>> Well, I think that the problem is that, yes, you've done some training, but the issue is society and, in society, there's still the problem. There's still the problem of race. There's still the problem of discrimination. I think that --

Joe Hicks>> -- well, I don't think we've wasted a lot of money on this.

John Hill>> I don't think we've wasted a lot of money. When I look at the issue, I'm looking at the issue of, let's say, Fremont High School where you only had a hundred kids fighting out of a population of maybe fifteen hundred to two thousand. So I always look at that. I want to know, did the entire school fight or just maybe fifty kids who got up this morning and came there to fight anyway? So I don't look at these things --

Gary De La Rosa>> -- I'm going to say, look, part of the issue about training is the kind of training you get. You know, Joe, when we're working together, the touchy-feely stuff, we're not on to that, right? You know, we're not going to eat each other's food or sing Kumbaya and love one another. It's really about walking the walk and a lot of people don't understand a lot of the new communities that are coming in here.

A lot of people have been sold on that when you're here, you should be a certain way. I don't even say, since September 2001, there's very strong nationalism in this country which also helps to feed into this. But in times of great change, everyone thinks they're a victim and people are afraid and don't necessarily understand what's happening. So I think the training and the style of the training like the training you used to give at the school district, right? Well, sometimes it was pretty bad --

Joe Hicks>> -- but we keep doing the same old thing. Right now we're talking about peace teams at Fremont High School.

John Hill>> Wait a minute. The training that has been done at school is not going to work unless you have training in the home. I mean, that's ridiculous of people sitting out here talking about training, training, training and kids are going home and listening to their parents.

Joe Hicks>> But you guys have both said something, I think, really interesting. It's clear that all the kids on these campuses, in fact all the people in the jails, are sometimes unwillingly participating in the fighting. So then we got knuckleheads, obviously, in the schools and in the jails, so are we really talking about finding ways to deal with knuckleheads as well as maybe finding a way to get to the parents about the message --

Gary De La Rosa>> -- excuse me. One way of doing that, again, I always talk about the great middle in the schools. All these kids in the middle -- you have programs for the A students, you have programs for the "bad" kids, but the kids in the middle often get overlooked. If you could start to give these young folks the tools that they need to deal with these things so that they can separate what my argument or issue with you is from the negative.

Look, every time there's a throw-down, what happens? They go to a negative. They go to something that's going to hurt. What's going to hurt your feelings, okay? Hey, I know a lot of older African Americans who, in their day of growing up, they knew to use the word Mexican and that was a negative, right? So everybody knows those terms. You do it to kind of, you know, hurt the other side.

John Hill>> Hispanics are fighting over a prejudice that someone taught them about African Americans, and African Americans are doing exactly the same thing about Latinos.

Joe Hicks>> But, but, but --

Gary De La Rosa>> Let me finish this. You do have to unlearn prejudice, right? We know Los Angeles is an area that's been conquered, taken over, three times, right? I come from my Indian brothers (laughter). So it's changed hands three times. But you just used the term right now that I find offensive: Hispanic. When I hear people use Hispanic, it's like you're saying we don't want to acknowledge your ethnicity or whatever. See what I'm saying? So you're right.

Joe Hicks>> Negro, African American, black.

Gary De La Rosa>> Yeah, but here's the piece. It's understanding who feels comfortable. Who feels comfortable with Hispanic? That's fine. That's who they are.

John Hill>> Latinos feel, number one, we want to be accepted based on who we are. African Americans feel the same way. We want to be accepted into society based on who we are. We don't want to become white and Latinos don't want to become this. That's the training that needs to take place.

Joe Hicks>> Well, what's white?

Gary De La Rosa>> What's white? What does that mean? Does that mean part of --

John Hill>> -- There's a perceived dominant group in the United States and that perception --

Joe Hicks>> -- but that's not the operative model in southern California.

John Hill>> Give me a break. It's still there.

Joe Hicks>> The mayor of the city is Latino. The sheriff of the county is Latino. Look at the --

John Hill>> -- do the young people see that? In other words, do the young people see you becoming elected and then becoming -- do they really see you as being a part of us?

Joe Hicks>> But here's what you got to have here. There's got to be some over-arching structure that everyone buys into. That's got to be the way we go.

John Hill>> Kids must learn how to diffuse their own issues. We're not teaching them that. We're bringing in everybody in the world, including the media. Eighteen trucks are outside waiting on the next problem and the next problem probably is going to happen because you're facing the camera, so the guy starts the problem. It's not to say the media is at fault here, but --

Joe Hicks>> -- Chris Rock told us that we can't be blaming the media all the time now (laughter).

Gary De La Rosa>> It's not about blaming the media all the time. You know, there was a report that came out when I was teaching and they were saying how they went to all these little towns from Chicago all the way down to New Orleans. They kept asking people, "What's the major issue?" Oh, violence. There's people outside my house ready to kill us. Then they went back to those little towns and they talked to the sheriffs, right? They hadn't had a murder there since like the Civil War.

So what is it? They're seeing the perception, right? And they're going to make decisions based on that. But at the same time, it's about how do you tear that apart? I don't look at every American that walks down the street and think that's the Unabomber, right? Well, maybe once in a while (laughter). Not all the time.

Joe Hicks>> But I'm the emperor of Los Angeles County and I give both of you the deal with this. What do you do? Because they hear you talking about issues of households and parents and the kind of ethnic or racial message might be inside those households coming to school with those kids.

John Hill>> I'm bringing in the school and I'm bringing in the community, but I'm bringing in the leadership. If I know there's gang leadership on my school, I'm bringing them in to have a discussion to listen --

Joe Hicks>> -- You're going to have a discussion on gang leadership. I hope you'll be packing, brother (laughter).

John Hill>> I don't worry about you packing during school time because I already got you searched before you come in.

Joe Hicks>> But sometimes you're breaking in anyway (laughter).

John Hill>> But the part that I'm trying to say is that we have got to have discussions among the young people on these campuses about the issues and let them talk about these issues not just, you know --

Gary De La Rosa>> -- I think you're also bringing in here, Joe, the piece about civic engagement. How do we become a part of a community? When you become a part of something, then you want to help it, right? And you want to make sure it survives. We all want quality of life. Everybody does. I don't know anybody who's going up and saying I don't want good quality of life.

Joe Hicks>> Well, we're not going to solve this here today.

Gary De La Rosa>> Why not?

Joe Hicks>> I wish we could.

John Hill>> We're trying to.

Joe Hicks>> I've run out of coffee.

Gary De La Rosa>> There's the media again taking away the time (laughter).

Joe Hicks>> But we got to go. I want to thank you guys for coming in and having this conversation. We'll do this some more. Come on back.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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