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A Metro Expo Line train crosses Crenshaw Boulevard at Exposition Boulevard. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Urban League is a disgrace. It is not a Black organization. It is an organization that corporate America uses to continue to exploit the community.

Metro hired the Urban League to apparently promote the idea that Metro is great for the Black community, so that we would be OK with a train rushing through Crenshaw Boulevard. Crenshaw is a major corridor in Black L.A. It hired the Urban League so that we would be OK with a project that disrupts our community, but no Black people can work on.

The L.A. Urban League’s mission statement says:

“[T]o enable African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through advocacy activities...”

How is telling us METRO is completely OK advocating for us?

Damien Goodmon of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition is doing a better job advocating for the entire community than the almost 100-year-old L.A. Urban League. We have a rail stop at Leimert Park owing to Goodmon. It seems to me all the Urban League does is send people in suits to smile and lie at various functions for wealthy white people.

How is telling us Common Core which is anti-teacher union a job lots of Black people (especially women) have advocating for us?

How is being the “I’m not racist” beard for Citibank and JPMorgan Chase advocating for us?

The Urban League's Biz Institute Youth Entrepreneurship Summer Camp is sponsored by Citibank.

How does that help the community? We are going to teach Black children to steal legally?

The Urban League has to know that they are simply using that program, so when Citibank gets sued they can say, “We’re not racist, look at all these Black youth we’re helping.”

Urban League

The Urban League has been around since 1921; are they insincere or stupid?

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Citibank started off as National Bank of New York and Moses Taylor controlled National Bank of New York. He also controlled the railroad lines that went west from New York City.

From a 2013 article in the Root by Peter Alan Harper titled How Slave Labor Made New York,

“Moses Taylor, who helped finance the illegal slave trade, had his offices at 55 South Street, now part of the 111 Wall Street complex. His decades-long banking operations evolved into Citibank. He sat on the boards of firms that became Con Edison, Bethlehem Steel and AT&T, according to Alan J. Singer's New York and Slavery: Time to Teach the Truth. When Taylor died in 1882, at age 76, his estate was worth $40 million to $50 million, or roughly $44 billion in current calculations.”

Citibank is still making money keeping Black people enslaved.

From the article titled "Los Angeles Sues Citibank Over Predatory Loans to Blacks That Led to Foreclosures" on the blog Breaking Brown:

“A federal judge is allowing the city of Los Angeles to go forward with a lawsuit alleging that Citibank’s predatory loans in minority neighborhoods led to a ballooning number of foreclosures.

According to Courthouse News Service, the city of Los Angeles is accusing Citibank of “reverse redlining”, leading to shuddered neighborhoods and vastly declining property taxes. Data presented by the city showed that from 2004 to 2011, blacks were more than two times as likely as whites to receive predatory loans from Citibank. According to the city, at least 1,200 of those bad loans resulted in foreclosures.”

According to a June 9 article in Reuters the L.A. Urban League’s other partners Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JP Morgan were hit with similar lawsuits by the City of Los Angeles.

It seems to me the job of the L.A. Urban League isn’t so much to help Black people, but to help corporate America with roots in slavery get in the door and be trusted by the Black community.

It seems to me that the Urban League’s job is to be the Black face of corporate America and institutional racism.

teka-lark fleming

How does the Urban League have any credibility at all.?

What kind of example is the Urban League setting for Black children? If you throw a few red beads at the community for a summer program that you have a carte blanche to destroy the community?

Teka-Lark Fleming
The Morningside Park Chronicle