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Thoughts on the Year of the African American Male (Community Voices)

On January 29, 2015, Oakland's McClymonds High School hosted the launching of the first "Year of the African American Male." Throughout 2015, organizers plan to bring together individuals, organizations and...
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Flushing the Black bogeyman out of the American imagination (Community Voices)

Often commenters on online news articles express their true beliefs anonymously.  During the Ferguson protests, many commenters imagined a black boogeyman.  Thus, Ferguson County, Darren Wilson and Michael...
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A blemish on Oakland’s gentrification (Community Voices)

Oakland’s city officials and promoters often tout the success of the city’s gentrification. They herald the “vibrancy” of the “New Oakland,” and the thriving new restaurant scene. They proudly...
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Dream: An essay (Community Voices)

A couple of weeks ago, an African-American man told me, “These youngsters today have given up hope. They've stopped caring and become ruthless. They’ll shoot you without a second thought.” “Aren’t...
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Our house: Love it or leave it (Community Voices)

I remember watching an African-American man at a City Council meeting complaining about how he had to leave Oakland because he couldn't afford the rent. He was a working man from Oakland. I've heard stories...
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What I fear about Oakland (Community Voices)

Years ago, I dated a Sicilian who I'll call Sal. Sal lived in San Francisco. I lived in Oakland. Sal loved to spend money, so we spent a lot of time shopping. We spent every weekend shopping in lily...
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More police as a campaign issue? (Community Voices)

As the luster of the “New Oakland” / ”Oakland Renaissance” / gentrification starts to dull, we see the crime — especially robberies, burglaries and daytime shootings. Some residents and politicians...
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Economic literacy—the best investment Oakland could make (Community Voices)

“The case for economic literacy is obvious. High school graduates will be making economic choices all their lives, as breadwinners and consumers, and as citizens and voters. A wide range of people will be...
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An etiquette lesson for Oakland (Community Voices)

According to an SFGate.com article titled “Oakland Man Says City Worker Assaulted Him,” city workers were cleaning Oakland’s public plaza when an “activist” walked by and spit his gum into the...
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Weaving American fiction: Trayvon Martin and the racial divide (Community Voices)

Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager, was another casualty in America’s racial divide.  A court jury acquitted his murderer George Zimmerman.  There were no African Americans on the...