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.