American Drapetomania – Racism in a Post-Racism World

Post-Racism World

Kathleen Wallace: We had to get the Donald Sterling tapes. I guess he owns some sort of gladiator type group that participates in large competitive events. I’m not sure on the details. But he doesn’t want the gladiators in the seats; that is for certain.

My Mother and Donald Sterling

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Danny Feingold: How ironic, then, that Sterling – arguably, with Mickey Cohen, the most infamous product of Boyle Heights — has now become a poster child for the kind of racism that his community fought so hard to eradicate.

Why Is the NAACP in Bed With Racist Donald Sterling?

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Peter Dreier: Yes, there’s no way that the NAACP could have known that Sterling would be caught making those comments. But there’s also no way that the NAACP could not have known that Sterling has a long history of racist comments and racial discrimination in his rental properties.

A Man for Our Times

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Justin Chapman: Marvin Schachter celebrates 90 years and reflects on his ‘accidental’ life as a liberal icon

Sheriff’s Surveillance: Good for Goose, Good for Gander

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Jasmyne Cannick: For me the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s 2012 secret mass surveillance experiment conducted on the residents of Compton has less to do with the actual experiment but more to do with the cloud of secrecy around it and the decision not to inform the public so as to not have to deal with complaints or public outrage.

Sheriff Candidates Take It Personally in South LA

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Dick Price: Called “Boxing for Sheriff: Business As Usual Vs. New Ideas,” the latest in a series of debates among the seven candidates to replace departed Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca broke out in a rash of finger-pointing, hot glances, and shaking heads.

Top Cop

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Justin Chapman: Six candidates looking to replace former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca trade barbs, ideas for reform at Pasadena forum.

Can Oxy Quash Its Campus Rape Scandal?

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Caroline Heldman: Occidental College administrators have given conflicting explanations for the 27-case gap in its 2012 sexual assaults report, and some of their explanations are blatant violations of federal reporting requirements.

LA Sheriff Candidates Split Hairs in Pasadena

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Dick Price: Six of seven candidates for the recently vacated Los Angeles County Sheriff’s seat struggled mightily this past Sunday afternoon to convince a respectful crowd of perhaps 150 local activists that there is more than a hair’s breadth of difference in their positions.

Say It Ain’t So, Monte!

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Rodolfo F. Acuña: Have we learned nothing from the sixties when report after report concluded that these alleged type of tactics disaffected and produced militancy rather than promoting collegiality.

Replacing Zev

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Joe Rihn: The otherwise orderly and subdued event became more animated when the question of election donation caps came up. As Shriver defended his $300,000 personal contribution to his own campaign, Morrison was forced to shush a heckler in the audience.

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