Like Compton and Carson, Inglewood was once all white. Now it is going from black to brown. The city is 53% Latino and 40% Black. The school district is 58% Latino. The migration of upwardly mobile blacks to the suburbs, along with falling birth and marriage rates for African Americans have played roles.
So, questions of competence aside, why does the School Board (and much of the top leadership) look like this?
We African Americans have only had meaningful access to political power, since the Voting Act of 1968. So, it doesn’t seem fair that just as we are emerging from our political childhood, we now have to share power with Latinos. But share we must. As Bayard Rustin noted, we need allies. We simply don’t have the numbers.
So I celebrate President Obama’s choice and celebrate him for once again showing us the way.
Sí, se puede.