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Dance With Who Brung ‘Ya (Jewish Journal, September 28, 2011)

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Voting Rights Act Outdated in Modern Day LA (The Daily News, August 21, 2011)

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Bill Crafts Disneyland Version of History (The Sacramento Bee, July 14, 2011)

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An Education Game Changer (The Wide Angles, July 12 2011)

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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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We Don’t Need More Gabfests on Diversity (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 2, 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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The Constitution and Sex Offenders (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, August 30, 2007)

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‘Profiles in Courage’ ( Jewish Journal, August 24, 2007)

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Where’s the Fire? (Washington Post, August 2, 2007)

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Race and Politics in a Changing South LA (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 20, 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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Downtown Homeless and the LAPD (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 2, 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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Racism in the LA Fire Department? (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, March 14, 2007)

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Critical Issues Seminar in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, February 26, 2007)

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“Has the Nanny State Gone Too Far?” (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, February 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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“Gang ‘Marshall Plan’ - Will It Work?” (KCET’s Life & Times’ Kitchen Table Conversation, February 14, 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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KCET’s Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “The Future of the Middle Class in Los Angeles” (Life & Times, January 17, 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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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Military Recruitment on Campus---Right or Wrong?” January 3, 2007

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Is There An Assault on Christmas?” December 13, 2006

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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 "Racial Profiling and a National ID Card" (Life & Times, October 18, 2006)

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Critical Issues Seminar in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 9, 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 "UCLA's Minority Admissions, (Life & Times, July 19, 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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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Black Brown Tensions in LA (Life & Times, May 2, 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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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Black-Brown tensions (Life & Times, April 4, 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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Munich Portrays Real World Issues (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, December 23,2005), with Dr. Michael Berenbaum

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

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Levees Let Loose An Ugly Flood of Black Paranoia (Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2005)

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Lessons From the Ruins (LA Weekly, August 12, 2005)

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

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Police Beating of Minister Disputed (Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2005)

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We Only Burned Ourselves, Baby (Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2005)

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Knee-jerk Activists and Their Tantrum Politics (Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2005)

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"Crash" Is No Picture of the Real Los Angeles (Los Angeles Daily News, June 24, 2005)

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Hit Film Paints Inaccurate Picture of Diverse LA (89.3 KPCC Perspectives, June 23, 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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Race and Politics in a Changing South LA (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 20, 2007)


Val Zavala>> The race for a Congressional seat that includes Compton is heating up. It's a Latina candidate versus two black candidates and the 37th District has traditionally been represented by African Americans. But now demographics have changed and the question is, how important should race be when it comes to representing people?

For a lively conversation around our Kitchen Table, we brought Joe Hicks of CommUnity Advocates together with Mara Marks, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Loyola Marymount University, and Earl Ofari Hutchinson with the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable. The Kitchen Table is made possible by Ralph Tornberg.

Joe Hicks>> Guys, we've got a special election coming up. Juanita Millender-McDonald has died, leaving that seat vacant, so it would be a special election to fill her seat. What do you know? A fracas has broken out here. We got people contending that, since McDonald was an African American, that seat remain as such and others saying, no, it's up to the Latino caucus to capture that seat.

Why don't you start by sort of talking about demographics? The city has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades here in who's making up these neighborhoods. What does the district look like and how has this area changed over the last few years?

Mara Marks>> Well, this is an historically African American held seat. African Americans are now only about twenty or twenty-two percent of the population of that district. You know, that reflects the rise of the Latino population in the area and also the out-migration of successful African Americans who have followed in the footsteps of whatever other economically successful group has done and, you know, moved and dispersed throughout the region.

Joe Hicks>> Earl, you're the resident political analyst in house here, as it were, today. Why don't you sort of give an explanation? What's the rationale? What's the argument for people contending that that seat should remain a black seat?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson>> Well, many black elected officials say, look, entitlement. We've had this seat so long. It's been a really power position in southern California. I mean, let's face it. It's a Congressional seat. So as a result of that, we look around the country.

Many of them are saying we're losing ground in some other areas, some municipalities, losing some mayoral shifts, some aldermen, city councilmen, even some elected representatives. So now we come to this seat. It's imperative that we don't lose any more ground, we hold onto this seat.

I think what we're going to see over the next few weeks, you're going to see very intense political jockeying on the part of many African American elected officials and also those that are the deal-makers in the process saying we're bound and determined. We're going to get an African American. We've already got one that we've hand-picked and we're going to make sure that all the resources go to holding this seat for us.

Joe Hicks>> But, Mara, what happens if Barack Obama becomes president of this country? Are white folks going to all of a sudden feel disenfranchised because they don't feel represented by Barack?

Mara Marks>> Right. I mean, obviously here in Los Angeles, we've got a long experience with this. We elected Tom Bradley as mayor of this city at a time when Los Angeles was a lily white city. You know, Kenny Hahn represented many of these same kind of areas. His daughter is now representing these areas. So, you know, it just doesn't make any sense that you need to have a black face to represent black interests.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson>> Remember, Barack Obama, the last time I looked and listened to him, I don't hear him saying, "I'm running as the black president of the United States." (laughter). I don't hear him saying that. He wouldn't dare say that in Utah or Alabama. He couldn't (laughter).

Joe Hicks>> (Laughter) You know, I don't think this is a conversation being held necessarily -- well, maybe it is in some black barbershops or Latino barbershops, for that matter. It seems like this is a discussion taking place at other levels. Who's really making an issue of who controls that seat?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson>> Elected officials and deal-makers on both sides. It's not just blacks, by the way, but Latinos too. Remember, we haven't spent a lot of time talking about their role in this. They really see a good chance now, in this particular Congressional district, a huge opportunity to gain some ground. Get the seat.

You know, they got a name ID candidate down there, someone who's run in office, in an office, has quite a bit of support and raised money. They say, hey, it's our time, it's our time. We keep hearing that too from many Latinos. You've had your day and now it's our day.

I think that actually there's a visceral reaction too, by the way, on the part of many blacks when they hear that. It's like you lay down the gauntlet. So forget the issues now. It's just now one on one. We got to get it, and it becomes now a racially divisive issue where it really shouldn't be.

Joe Hicks>> So, Mara, what happens when the 8th, 9th and 10th Districts come up for, you know, re-election and again demographics shifts have already taken place basically in those three City Council districts. Are we going to again see people making a racial claim of "No, those got to stay black City Council seats."?

Mara Marks>> Yes. Unfortunately, we probably will see those claims being made. But Earl is absolutely right. I mean, the tug-of-war that's going on here is a tug-of-war that's going on back in D.C. with the two caucuses. The issues that are facing this district are issues that are grounds for, you know, coalition building across racial and ethnic lines.

Unfortunately, the members of both caucuses want to hold onto power. They want to keep their campaign dollars flowing from the interests that support them and that's about keeping their numbers, keeping their rosters up. It's not good for that district.

Joe Hicks>> Any potential for this to create any additional mischief at the street level between black and brown folks, given the kind of heated level that things have often --

Earl Ofari Hutchinson>> -- I don't think so. You know why? Remember, this is being fought out really in the back rooms. It's being fought out in the caucuses and it's far removed from the streets. I mean, there are so many issues that impact on the quality of life, or dis-quality of life in some of these communities, bread and butter issues that people are concerned about no matter who's representing them. There's going to be pressure on whoever is in there to represent us fairly and effectively. I don't care what the color is.

So I think the fight really is between, you know, the caucuses, the political deal-makers, the elected officials and those that want to be political bosses. But the people, I think, are so far removed from that, by the way, which is another reason why when we say, "Is this really a democratic process when you don't even involve the people?" (laughter). I mean, think about it. It's a built-in contradiction.

Joe Hicks>> Handicap this race. Here we got both caucuses, black and Latino caucuses, lining up to try to gain the seat in one sense and preserve it in another sense. What do you think can take place? Is the vote going to be split here and the Latino candidate wins?

Mara Marks>> There's a very good possibility for that because, at this point, the Latino caucus has been pretty successful in making sure that there's just one strong Latina candidate running whereas, you know, we've got two very, very good African Americans jumping into the race. That's likely to split the black vote. So even though the African American vote is the majority of the electorate --

Earl Ofari Hutchinson>> -- at this point.

Mara Marks>> At this point, it could very, very well go.

Joe Hicks>> Do you agree with that?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson>> I think it's almost guaranteed to be split when you think about it along racial lines, and it doesn't have to be. But the way it's being set up now, black versus Latina, I think in this case it's almost inevitable that it's going to happen.

Joe Hicks>> Now this isn't the first time we've seen this brand of politics played here in Los Angeles. Do you think we'll see a continuation, a heightened sense of this, as all these races sort of present themselves?

Mara Marks>> It would be nice to say that it will stop.

Joe Hicks>> But -- (laughter).

Earl Ofari Hutchinson>> In an ideal world (laughter).

Joe Hicks>> Well, I think we've just about gone as far as we can go right now. We're just about flat out of time. Thanks, guys, both of you, for coming in and having a discussion with us today. Appreciate it.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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