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November 25, 2007 | Erin Aubry Kaplan, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing editor to The Times' opinion pages.
Recently I was on a panel discussing an issue that's become an L.A. buzz phrase: black-brown relations. It was a lively multicultural event that featured African drumming, a compelling photo exhibit of the African heritage in Mexico and an impressively diverse roster of panelists and participants. In inimitable L.A. fashion, a black man intoned a Hindu opening prayer while the crowd, mostly made up of African Americans and Latinos, was encouraged to join hands.
February 23, 2012
For 40 years, competitive colleges and universities in the United States have taken race into account in order to increase their enrollment of African Americans (and, to a lesser extent, other minorities). Originally justified as a way to compensate for a long legacy of racial discrimination, and later embraced as a way to provide a more diverse learning environment, affirmative action has been good for the United States. It has made it easier for minorities to enter the educational and professional mainstream without compromising the rigor of American higher education.
August 15, 2007 | Erin Aubry Kaplan, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing editor to Opinion.
Everybody figured it would come to this. After years of losing life a bit at a time, King-Drew Medical Center is all but gone (its final name, King-Harbor, was a capitulation, a bold-sounding hybrid that suggested change but signified defeat). Many groups share the blame for its oblivion, a fact that's been repeated so many times now, it almost sounds like a cop-out. So let's review. As operator of the hospital, Los Angeles County has the lion's share of accountability.
June 13, 2010 | Erin Aubry Kaplan
I've always known that race and geography are intimately connected in L.A., a city practically built with segregation in mind. Though I deplore the effects of segregation, I always felt a nativist pride in the place I was born and raised, South Central. I felt the same about Inglewood, just across the border from South Central, where I moved as a teenager and where my husband and I bought a house six years ago. I imagine lots of people, whatever their color, have the same affection for their own stomping grounds.
April 12, 1997 | From Associated Press
A man who knew he was infected with the AIDS virus had sex with at least 61 women and girls before he was gunned down in a possible revenge killing earlier this year, authorities said Friday. At least 12 of the women are infected with HIV, some are pregnant, and at least one has delivered a baby that carries the virus, health officials said.
October 15, 1990 | ICE CUBE, a Compton rap artist whose controversial debut album "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted," recently went platinum, commented on what he described as the nation's callousness toward bloodshed in African-American communities. The rapper, whose graphic lyrics offer still shots of the grim side of American life, told The Times: and
(White) America doesn't want to do anything about the violence because they could give less than a ----, as long as we keep it in South-Central (Los Angeles) or stay south of Pico (Boulevard). Don't bring it to Westwood. The black middle-class is numb to it because they are busy trying to cross over to the white middle-class. You've got a brother who has spent all of his life trying to get out of the ghetto, and when he does, he doesn't look back. He tries to rub elbows.
July 5, 1997
In the article "ReDiggin' the Scene" (June 30), Elaine Dutka fails to mention several noteworthy blaxploitation films of the '70s. How about "Cleopatra Jones" and its sequel, "Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold," both featuring the beautiful Amazon-looking Tamara Dobson? I saw both of those films as an adolescent and have forgotten neither. Here, you had a black single woman playing a government agent and helping her own people in the balance. Is there such a great role for a black woman today?
June 1, 1994
Why doesn't Karen Grigsby Bates ("Why I Envy South Africa," Commentary, May 18) simply move to South Africa? Why does The Times continue to print race-baiting whiners like her and never print anything from African Americans who actually have something good to say about America? She indicts, by inference, the white middle class for the poor state of hospitals, schools, recreation facilities and markets in black neighborhoods. Where is the responsibility of the black middle class in all this?
December 26, 2007 | ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing editor to Opinion.
It's almost a cliche that L.A.'s diversity is its strength. But another cliche (one, like most, grounded in a certain truth) is that L.A. lives like a small town, or a bunch of small towns, divvied up by color and class. Fact is, we've always preferred our diversity geographically contained and climate-controlled; a white friend of mine once confessed that to most of her friends, "Diversity means having good restaurants." So let's mix it up.
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