Columnists Earl Ofari Hutchinson Opinion

THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Long Beach needs to rename school

At last count, there were 22 elementary schools in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri named after the top Confederate general Robert E. Lee. There’s a perverse logic to elementary schools in those states named after Lee. For more than a century, he was the South’s runaway hero and legendary icon. His superb Read More…

Columnists Lekan Oguntoyinbo Opinion

For many blacks, same-sex marriage has long row to hoe

Over a picture of two bearded, tuxedo-clad men kissing, a Nigerian-born acquaintance of mine posted on Facebook: “May I, my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren never be part of this abominable act.” A short piece that’s been particularly popular among English-speaking Africans on social media for months, reads: “You [whites] asked us to wear [suits] under Read More…

Columnists Mayor Eric Garcetti Opinion

COMMUNITY REPORT: Path that was closed 50 years ago still needs to be seen

Fifty years ago, our city was in flames. Some of you may remember the six days in August 1965 when nearly 35,000 people took to the streets, throwing bricks through windows, setting cars aflame and thrusting a community that had long suffered from poverty, crime and the indignities of institutional racism into the national spotlight. Read More…