Erin Aubrey Kaplan: We need to do two things: Maintain current levels of employment and fend off growing attacks on public sector unions.
Erin Aubry Kaplan: Reinstating affirmative action is not as pie-in-the-sky as it sounds. A 2014 Field Poll found strong support for it across the board.
Erin Aubry Kaplan: Black Lives Matter is related to the deportation question—Republicans will deploy the same troops to quell our protests. That’s scary. We’ll all be targets.
Erin Aubry Kaplan: The criticisms of BLM, especially accusations of racism, are not new. But the Dallas shootings instantly moved such criticism from the background to the fore.
Marguerite LaMotte was regarded as the strongest advocate on the board for the educational well-being of black students.
Erin Aubrey Kaplan: I’ve heard the consternation for years about how black youth in South Central often can’t get work at fast food or service sector neighborhood jobs because they don’t speak Spanish. But I hadn’t thought a lot about the black professional class
Erin Aubry Kaplan: Grassroots black activism hasn’t seen this kind of tenacity and effectiveness in a long time, especially activism that takes on a byzantine behemoth like Metro.
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.