Racial Politics of Today Took Root in LA Mayoral Contests Decades Ago

Raphael Sonenshein
Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, and author of Politics in Black and White: Race and Power in Los Angeles (Princeton U. Press, 1993)

He seemingly came out of nowhere, a populist of uncertain ideology who promised justice for communities that had long been marginalized by elites who ran the city.  He had an eye for the media and an instinct for the jugular. His name was Sam Yorty, and he may have invented the racialized politics that we […]

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