While these memos were ostensibly designed to advise Yaroslavsky on strategy for his bid for mayor, the attitude and language used harbors a much deeper meaning.
To say that these characterizations of Mayor Bradley and the black community as a whole were racist, bigoted, and small-minded would be an understatement.
What is most disturbing, however, is that these racist remarks come from a consulting firm long noted for advising Democratic candidates, the so-called "liberal" and progressive party.
I fought long and hard against segregation "Colored Only" signs and riding in the back of the bus. Then I knew and could confront the enemy; racists were very open. But to mask age-old racist views behind the guise of liberal politics is disgusting.