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Re: “The East Bay Still Has Some Very Visible Reminders of Our History of Racism

The economic cost of living in Albany has contributed to lack of diversity at least when it comes to African Americans, however the number of Asian and East Asian residents might well be increasing due to tech sector jobs. The incident at Albany High does not reflect the feeling of Albany citizens and is abhorrent to everyone I have spoken with, especially the gaul to sue the school district by the offending student and his parents. As far as the cross is concerned the Albany Lions should be ashamed of their lawsuit and the cross should come down easement or no easement. Let the citizens put it to a vote.

Posted by Janna Katz on 09/21/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Read The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein for a deep dive on this issue - an amazing book:…

Posted by Zach Franklin on 09/21/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

A renewed push should be made to rename LeConte school.
When my ex and I bought a house together in Kensington, aka "Berkeley Woods" a few years ago, upon review of the original development docs., came upon a clause specifically stating "only those of the Caucasian race" were allowed to purchase homes.
Rather shocking and disgusting

Posted by Diana BB on 09/21/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “'Lightning Rod' Developer Removed from Conference Panel Following Concerns from Oakland Mayor and Tenant Activists

Developer tool Libby Schaaf is the perfect keynote speaker for a conference on developer greed.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/21/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

I am happy to read this. In 2013 I did an economic impact study of live music on our economy, analyzing New Orleans, Seattle and Nashville. In every instance where musicians were paid and there was a living wage, it produced secondary employment in hospitality and tourism sectors.

Keep on Going!

Posted by Stephanie Eby on 09/21/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Oakland to Host Forum on Public Bank Plan

The public bank thing, whatever merit it may have (especially when a statewide public bank could be under consideration as is the case where a public bank actually works) really is nothing other than a diversion.

But that's how things in Oakland are "done."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/21/2017 at 12:09 PM

Re: “The East Bay Still Has Some Very Visible Reminders of Our History of Racism

As recently as right now, someone from EBX should take a stroll around Deep East Oakland.

Jobs? No racism there. Crime prevention? No possible racism. Community policing? You betcha. Black kids doing great in school? Uh huh.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/21/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Oakland to Host Forum on Public Bank Plan

More money being wasted by Oakland council. No doubt they will use the very same consultants who prepared this recent study -… - and just regurgitate the very same facts.

This issue Oakland has is not the bank who is managing the money, but rather the inefficient money management by Oakland council.

Posted by oak2sfo on 09/21/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Getting Rich Off Low-Income Housing

The City of Oakland has hundreds of units such as this in the city, but refuses to press the court to enact the "El Chapo Bill", which was proposed by Ted Cruz, to force Wells Fargo to repair, subsidize or construct, affordable housing in the city and county.
Oakland has had Wells in court for over two years and has yet to set a dollar amount to settle the predatory lending case that is pending. Why?
The reason why, is because putting pressure on the court to make Wells give up the $378 billion that the bank generated during it's relationship with El Chapo, would reveal that as Attorney General, Jerry Brown facilitated the criminal activities of the banks, the lawyers who stole homes from people in California as well as, the drug gangs, that made El Chapo rich.
My name is Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 09/21/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

This is the American history that all Americans need to know about. History books and popular culture conveniently forget that beyond slavery, America was brutally hateful and racist for people of color. All those ignorant flag waving alt right Trump fans all around the country spewing hate towards immigrants and talking about this is their country need to be educated. The original wealth of this country was built on the backs of Black and Chinese labor. Poor whites were exploited in the rise of the coal industry and the late 20th century saw Mexican labor exploited for riches and profits. The symbols of the continuous terrorism of Black people are ingrained in the American culture. These need to be exposed and publicly discussed in order for the country to move forward. If we don't, many people will continue to wallow in ignorance believing that their whiteness alone is representative of some divine exceptionalism. The truth is that their elevated stature is reflective of centuries of hate and systemic exploitation.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/21/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Is anyone surprised by this? If so, you've been living under a rock. African Americans have been ostracized & treated like scum from the moment they were forced into this hell whole of a country for...having more melanin? I'll never understand the whites only mentality. As if blacks had a choice to arrive in this country or the resources to make an immediate departure. I mean with all that money earned as chattel slaves while watching their family members get lyched/hung from trees at the local neighborhood gatherings they could have built their own multimillion dollar communities, right?????

Posted by light of the dark on 09/21/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “The East Bay Still Has Some Very Visible Reminders of Our History of Racism

Mr. Ferrell, if you are contesting the historical facts referenced in this 'SO erroneous' article, could you present your evidence?

Posted by John Seal on 09/21/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

Good to know that this article is mostly NOT true. Thank you commenters.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 09/21/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “The Albany Cross Resurrects Memories of the KKK

Albany Hill Park 4 All calls on the City of Albany to vigorously protect our diverse residents and treasured public park lands from the lawsuit recently filed by the Albany Lions Club. The lawsuit seeks to permanently establish a 20 foot lighted Christian cross on public park land atop Albany Hill and to force the City to sell more than an acre of this prime public open space into private hands. We believe that the park land surrounding the cross should not be made private instead, the cross should be relocated to private land. Public land should not be used to promote one particular religion above others. We seek to make Albany a more inclusive and welcoming community for all.
More information is available at:

Posted by Celine Wallace on 09/20/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Mario Guarneri has done and continues to do an amazing service to jazz music and jazz musicians. THANK YOU! We who love this music appreciate all the work you and your organization are doing to keep the music alive and well.

Barbara N.

Posted by Barbara Natale on 09/20/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Mother!: Who Are All These People?

Wow. You completely missed what this movie is a metaphor for...The Poet represents God. Jlaw was Mother Nature. The Man and Woman were Adam and Eve, their children Cain and Abel. The movie represents the progression of humans populating (and destroying) Earth (the house). We see war, slavery, religious fanaticism, greed, humans' disregard of taking care of the planet all represented throughout. The heartbeat was the wellbeing of the planet and Mother Nature monitoring and trying to protect it until she finally snapped with the death of her baby (jesus). Not saying it was a perfect movie but how on earth did you misunderstand so completely what this movie was about???

Posted by moviegal on 09/20/2017 at 7:54 PM

Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

Zero fact checking Cygna. Tiny fragments out of context constitute jingoistic writing. Do some reading of the actual source material.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/20/2017 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Unions and City of Oakland Remain Far Apart in Contract Talks

We are using real cost-of-living stats not a rate of inflation.

Posted by Steven Lavoie on 09/20/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

As others have stated, this article is poorly researched and ignores historical context. London was actually relatively advanced in his racial attitudes for his time, and experienced an continuous evolution in his racial awareness throughout his life. As Gene Anderson states, he was raised in large part by a black foster mother, whose family he lived with for a good portion of his childhood. Many of his short stories, particularly his later ones, valorize people of color who are victims of colonialism and oppression by white people. The author could have mentioned "Koolau the Leper", "Mauki" or "Chun Ah Chun", just to mention three of London's dozens of short stories where protagonists of color rebel against, outwit and/or kill their racist colonial oppressors. "The Unparalleled Invasion" is in fact read by most scholars as a cautionary tale about biological warfare rather than taking it on face value as a celebration of Chinese extermination. London stated repeatedly that the real meaning of his stories lay in "the motif beneath the motif" he actually wrote his stories to NOT be taken solely at face value. Regarding the Jeffries/Johnson fight, he admitted that "as a white man" he wanted to Jeffries to win, but gave full credit to Johnson for his overwhelming victory- one of the only white sportswriters to do so. London wrote: "All hail to Johnson... what . . . [won] on Saturday was bigness, coolness, quickness, cleverness, and vast physical superiority."

Even though the author of this article feels that readers must be "forced" to read London in school, only his short story "To Build a Fire" and "The Call of the Wild" are still widely taught in school. London remains one of the world's most popular authors and is better regarded abroad than here in America, where most of his works were purged from the academic canon in the 1950s due to his ardent socialism, rather than his racism. And it bears mentioning that Haley's biography is perhaps the worst and most biased of the half-dozen or so biographies of London published in the last 20 years.

Posted by Chris Million on 09/20/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Vegan Donut Gelato Delivers Plant-Based Comforts

Just went there today, awesome place, wish it was closer to where I live. They should expand these throughout the bay area. I love that it's just a regular donut shop, not a bunch of fancy artsy stuff, just regular donuts. And to the commentor above all I can say is it's just a donut shop, dude, no reason to feel threatened by it.

Posted by jackb on 09/20/2017 at 5:10 PM

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