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Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

I wish this story included the fact that organizations that preserve local history and protect architecture- have fully owned this fact- and have shared the information as the controversial information it is, in their tours for the public. Therefore efforts to remedy the past -by recognizing it and educating the tour attendees, have been made (without pressure) and it is completely misrepresentative of the author of this to not see it and acknowledge it.

Posted by kat eiswald on 09/22/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Glossing Over a Genocide

Fremont was one of the first to explore the area. I don't think there were that many settlers at the time.

Posted by Dipstick on 09/22/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “The Albany Cross Resurrects Memories of the KKK

Although the Supreme Court has historically been divided on public displays of a cross, establishing a clear separation of church and state can only help our country move towards our democratic ideals of promoting the general welfare, liberty and equal rights for all. I believe a Christian symbol overlooking a diverse community is inappropriate, insensitive and, for some community members, offensive. The Lion's Club International has clear ethics and purposes which prohibit members from public debate of "partisan politics and sectarian religion." Let the Albany Lion's Club live up to their stated ethics and purposes and the City of Albany live up to our democratic ideals. Let us move the cross to a religious setting or private land and warmly welcome everyone to our public land.

Posted by Anne Zolfaghari on 09/22/2017 at 8:11 AM

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

I'm guessing this is the report Ms. Eby mentioned: http://www.nashville.gov/Mayors-Office/Economic-and-Community-Development/Music-City-Music-Council/Music-Industry.aspx

I'd love to hear more about programs like this. I'm currently dissertating on this issue, but with a focus on Memphis. If anyone has other articles, resources, and info, feel free to email me at lkw2eq@virginia.edu. Thanks!

Posted by Lydia Warren on 09/22/2017 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Glossing Over a Genocide

They weren't settlers! They were invaders! Colonizers!!! Build a wall!!!

Good deity! I have NO idea what the editors and "writers" for EBX are ingesting, but it sure results in whacked out stuff.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/22/2017 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Glossing Over a Genocide

What a weird piece. No mention that the Wintu were attacking settlers. Okay. But to ignore Fremont's legacy in the Republican party, or his move to end slavery in the West? Unconscionably biased.

Posted by Jennifer Emick on 09/22/2017 at 12:23 AM

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

Thank you Stephanie and Barbara.
Stephanie if you read this and can get us a copy of your economic impact study we would be interested to read it.
Thanks
Mario Guarneri

Posted by Mario Guarneri on 09/21/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Racism or prudence?

Posted by SamanthaCantrel on 09/21/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Check out the history of International House in Berkeley.. A early beginning of change:http://ihouse.berkeley.edu/about/history.php

Posted by Monroe Pastermack on 09/21/2017 at 8:30 PM

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

I could add many facts to support my belief that Jack London was not a racist, but his daughter Joan offers one story worth sharing. In her book, "Jack London and his Daughters", she recalled happily playing with a black girl named Annie in West Oakland. One day, white boys called her names for playing with a black girl and for being at Jennie Prentiss's home. She yelled that Jennie was not black as she ran into Jennie's kitchen. She recalled that she did not see Jennie as black, and different from her, until that moment. Jennie comforted her and gave her some cookies. She ended the story by telling that she went back to her friend "-Annie, who was also black, beloved Annie who was my friend." I grew up in Kern Co among a lot of racists, and I know that racists teach young children their hatred. Joan (1901 - 1971) graduated from Cal and worked as a researcher and director of publications for the CA State Federation of Labor. She coauthored "So Shall Ye Reap: The Story of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Movement. She credited her father for encouraging her lifelong commitment to worker rights.

Posted by Lisa Hire on 09/21/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “With Liberty and Justice for Some

Thank you for this info.

Posted by Darrell Robert Parker on 09/21/2017 at 5:42 PM
Posted by John Johnson on 09/21/2017 at 5:34 PM

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

This article is way off. The following is from another article.

An amateur boxer and avid boxing fan, London reported on the 1910 Johnson-Jeffries fight, in which the black boxer Jack Johnson vanquished Jim Jeffries, known as the "Great White Hope". In 1908, London had reported on an earlier fight of Johnson's, contrasting the black boxer's coolness and intellectual style, with the apelike appearance and fighting style of his Canadian opponent, Tommy Burns:

'what . . . [won] on Saturday was bigness, coolness, quickness, cleverness, and vast physical superiority... Because a white man wishes a white man to win, this should not prevent him from giving absolute credit to the best man, even when that best man was black. All hail to Johnson.' London wrote that Johnson was 'superb. He was impregnable . . . as inaccessible as Mont Blanc.'

Those who defend London against charges of racism cite the letter he wrote to the Japanese-American Commercial Weekly in 1913:

In reply to yours of August 16, 1913. First of all, I should say by stopping the stupid newspaper from always fomenting race prejudice. This of course, being impossible, I would say, next, by educating the people of Japan so that they will be too intelligently tolerant to respond to any call to race prejudice. And, finally, by realizing, in industry and government, of socialismwhich last word is merely a word that stands for the actual application of in the affairs of men of the theory of the Brotherhood of Man.

"In the meantime the nations and races are only unruly boys who have not yet grown to the stature of men. So we must expect them to do unruly and boisterous things at times. And, just as boys grow up, so the races of mankind will grow up and laugh when they look back upon their childish quarrels."

Posted by Darrell Robert Parker on 09/21/2017 at 5:28 PM

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:

https://www.amazon.com/Color-Law-Forgotten…

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

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