I retired in June after teaching 24 years in the Los Angeles City district and I believe the choice of Britton will prove to be a wise one for reasons I have not yet seen mentioned in a news article.
The administrative structure of the Los Angeles School District is a classic example of an "old boy (and girl) network." Administrators rise in rank by supporting and enforcing the decisions of those above them. Their careers depend on their loyalty and conformity rather than on the quality and independence of their thinking.
Del Olmo says: "What would be safer than appointing a minority from within the system, someone who knows it and plays by its rules . . ."
That it would have been safer is the more reason to doubt that this is a racist choice. The members of the board are politicians, if nothing else, and they well understand ethnic pressures. This was a unanimous choice, which suggests that there was much more than race involved. "Playing by the rules" means supporting the next administrator up without question. This leads to rigid policy, impacted thinking, and sluggish response to change.