Jewish Journal

The Times They Are A Changin

By  David A. Lehrer

March 21, 2011 | 3:39 pm

Given the headlines of the past few weeks—-earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear near-disaster in Japan, war in Libya, stalemate in Washington—- it was unexpected that yesterday’s New York... read on

  • The Uncle Tom Accusation, Again

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    March 18, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    If you’re black, came from a financially-sound family, lived with two parents, took school and grades seriously but choose to play basketball for an elite, private college … dude, you must be an “Uncle Tom!”

    Those ugly beliefs were expressed by some former members of the... read on

  • Playing With Fire

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 11, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Frequent, and even occasional, readers of this blog know that Community Advocates avoids the “Chicken Little” theory of human relations, that is seeing any hint of criticism or negative comment about minority groups as indicative of deep seated bigotry. Our op/eds and blogs over... read on

  • A Forward Looking Decision in Civil Rights

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 9, 2011 | 4:56 pm

    A couple of weeks ago the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most liberal, if not the most liberal, federal appellate court in the country, handed down an opinion that has slipped under the radar of the news media and the punditry who are normally attuned to events... read on

  • Exaggerated and Misplaced Concern

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 25, 2011 | 4:24 pm

    Yesterday I learned that a group of members of the IKAR congregation and of LA Voice authored a blog in the Jewish Journal taking issue with my blog of February 10, Their blog, entitled Good Blog, Bad Analysis—-Misrepresenting Reality, vigorously argues that there is food inequality... read on

  • Toyota Plus One Year—-A Sordid Tale

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 18, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Lots of folks in the public arena must assume that we have no memories and that we are incapable of a simple search for reporters’ and politicians’ prior speeches, press releases, and comments—-that, despite the omni-presence of Google and other powerful search engines.

    How else... read on

  • Even Less to Kvetch About

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 15, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    Last Sunday Community Advocates had an op/ed in the Daily News entitled “Some Kvetchers Can’t Bring Themselves to See Good News.” The article argues that too many, especially in the civil rights realm; prefer to ignore positive societal trends for a variety of reasons.

    Civil... read on

  • Good Radio, Bad Facts—-Misrepresenting Reality

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 10, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    I was driving home Tuesday night on my regular route (Downtown LA to Lincoln Heights—to pick up my wife—to home) when I heard an interesting piece on NPR’s All Things Considered entitled “LA Community Starved for Healthful Food Options.”

    It started out innocently enough,... read on

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