JP Sotille: Shame is the only thing standing between you and your arrival as a full-on cultural reference. So, make a sex tape. Try out for a reality competition. Transcend the plight of the anonymous. Maybe you are the next “Food Network Star.”
Patrisse Marie Cullors: Residents of East LA and Boyle Heights gathered to discuss how civilian oversight of the Sheriff’s Department was necessary to create lasting deterrents to deputy abuse of their loved ones in the jails.
Randy Shaw: It would be helpful for progressive bloggers of color to explain why they did not attend Netroots Nation. Yet many are likely too busy writing stories to divert energy into explaining why they did attend a particular conference.
Claude Fisher: Whatever position one has on the the current immigration debate, if we are going to invoke history in that debate, let’s invoke the real history: European immigrants a century ago did get help, distinctively high levels of help, on their way to assimilation and success in America.
Erin Aubry Kaplan: Garcetti’s victory, which suggests a new LA. politics that could begin bridging the gap between the poverty associated with race and the progressive action associated with privilege, could ultimately be a win for South L.A. too.
David Love: Minority groups have been disproportionately affected by the Great Recession, and to make things worse, since the economic downturn, it appears diversity has not been a priority for employers.
Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause.
Tim Wise: Perhaps it is President Obama who has internalized the idea that black people, even highly educated ones, are would-be malingerers, just waiting for a reason to go soft and “blame the world for trying to keep a black man down.”
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Walker Foley: Elected officials seem to think there’s only one side of this property rights argument. The people who live in these communities have rights too, but the oil companies seem to have the jump on [the politicians’] side of the fence.