Jewish Journal

  • Demeaning History

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 4, 2010 | 4:56 pm

    Exploiting the Holocaust and what led to it is reprehensible. It cheapens the tragedy and demeans its meaning and import.

    Recently, there was a troubling example of that particularly egregious misuse of history in a local issue that has been fought in the courts for over a decade,... read on

  • Farrakhan’s True Colors

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 2, 2010 | 4:31 pm

    Sunday’s Los Angeles Times reported on a speech given by Nation of Islam (“NOI”) leader, Louis Farrakhan in honor of the NOI’s annual Saviors’ Day. Some 20,000 Chicagoans attended his nearly four hour oration.

    Though he is reportedly ill, his virulence, if anything, has... read on

  • Henry Louis Gates—-Time for Another Beer

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    February 25, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    Remember Henry Louis Gates?  He’s the Harvard professor who went ballistic when a white Cambridge police officer hand-cuffed him and hauled him off to jail for disorderly conduct.  He had refused to cooperate with officers who thought he might have been involved in home break-in... read on

  • Team Sports and Success

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 18, 2010 | 2:47 pm

    Occasionally, research is reported on that confirms beliefs you hold but haven’t been certain of. You think that your observations and conclusions are correct but you lack the empirical data to assert the beliefs with any kind of assuredness.

    That reality made The New York Times... read on

  • A First Amendment Lesson

    By David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    February 16, 2010 | 4:39 pm

    As long-time civil rights veterans, we have been around the block a few times with colleagues who appeared committed to the work of bettering civil dialogue in our country. The platitudes about getting along and tolerating opinions one doesn’t like are easy to mouth and come... read on

  • Searching for Backbone

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 12, 2010 | 4:07 pm

    The Los Angeles City Council ought to send a thank you note to Sen. John Edwards, the New Orleans Saints, Sarah Palin and the TeaParty folks for sucking up much of the PR oxygen over the past week. If it weren’t for those stories, much of LA might be completely pre-occupied with... read on

  • The Sky Isn’t Falling—-Despite the Hype

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    February 5, 2010 | 5:44 pm

    Is the growth of the nation’s charter schools a throw-back to the racially segregated schools that once consigned the children of minority families to separate, but mostly unequal, educations?  This is the alarming claim today of some civil rights advocates.  But raising false... read on

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