Larry Aubry: Violence is a predictable outgrowth of historical oppression and inequities among oppressed people, not unlike historical oppression that has fostered, and continues to foster, armed conflict around the world.
Larry Aubry: Blacks’ disunity involves a broad denial of the significance of race and the reasonable argument that until whites see their own well-being threatened by the status quo, Blacks will remain spectators not equal participants in the political power equation.
Larry Aubry: Blacks and other racially defined minorities are no longer subject to legal segregation, but they have not been relieved of the burdens of discrimination, even by laws supposedly intended to do so.
Larry Aubry: Since the 1960s, the prevailing assumption has been that electing Blacks to political office would leads to an improved quality of life for Black people, in general. But this has turned out to be rather naïve.
Larry Aubry: Violence-reduction among Blacks has never been a high priority for state, local, or federal government-in fact, systemic neglect aggravates violence, especially in the inner-city. Without sustainable Black community outrage, strong leadership and political will, the situation will probably not change appreciably.
Larry Aubry: 6 of the 7 largest proposed developments in all of L.A. are luxury housing gentrification mega-projects in historic black and brown communities
Larry Aubry: In South L.A., LACMTA’s Measure M plan has no feasible projects for the next 60 years. Not one. That’s quite a statement given that our communities could most benefit from public transit.
Larry Aubry: Cries for racial neutrality in a nation still anchored in racism only serve to obscure the causal factors and delay sorely needed concrete solutions.
Larry Aubry: Understanding the genesis and continuing reality of Black rage is crucial for developing sustainable alternatives to the intractable second-class status of Black people in this country.
Larry Aubry: No, given continuing police brutality, ongoing refusal to respect the right of the public to be heard, lack of transparency and widespread community distrust, respectively.