Jewish Journal

Tragic Fiction Come to Life

By  David A. Lehrer

June 23, 2011 | 3:07 pm

A 1961 Kurt Vonnegut short story, Harrison Bergeron, begins with these words,

The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They... read on


    By  David A. Lehrer

    May 11, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    By Joe R. Hicks and David A. Lehrer                                            

    The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a press conference last week, the day after President Obama’s announcement of Osama bin Laden’s dispatch. The briefing seemed to... read on

  • Neutrality in Journalism—-Is It Possible?

    By  David A. Lehrer

    April 22, 2011 | 4:43 pm

    An issue which periodically emerges and engages passions on all sides of the political spectrum is the role and purpose of objectivity in journalism. Are the Glenn Becks and Keith Olbermanns of the world the future and fate of journalism or is there still a place for the much... read on

  • UCLA Leads the Pack

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 29, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Last summer, Community Advocates published an op/ed in the Los Angeles Times singing the praises of UCLA and several other UC campuses for being in the vanguard of elite universities to admit socio-economically disadvantaged applicants. 

    Rather than rely on race and/or ethnicity as... read on

  • Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    March 25, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    Even as we face serious world issues competing for our attention, a recent article in the Los Angeles Times featured this headline … “Bachelor casting draws fire.”

    I’m no fan of reality television, but it is ubiquitous among today’s offerings.  I’ve seen snippets of... read on

  • 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 Times front page would actually make readers feel good.

    But there it was, front and center, an... 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

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