Matt A. Barreto is professor of political science and Chicana/o studies at UCLA and the co-founder of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions. He is the co-author of 2014’s Latino America: How America’s …
Why Americans Love Andy Griffith’s Toothy Grin
In the Post-Civil Rights Era, Images of Southerners as ‘Slow-Witted Rubes’ Soothed White Anxieties
Today, when many Americans think of the “good old days”—when neighbors knew each other and the world seemed safer and simpler—they often conjure visions of the …
Why California Should Close Failing School Districts
Southern San Diego County's Sweetwater District Cannot Escape Mismanagement and Corruption on Its Own
School has begun again for the 40,000-plus students of Sweetwater Union High School District. But the district’s governance crisis never seems to end. ...
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How Jamestown Abandoned a Utopian Vision and Embraced Slavery
In 1619, Wealthy Investors Overthrew the Charter That Guaranteed Land for Everyone
In the summer of 1619, some of England’s first American colonists were carving up land seized from the Powhatan empire along the James River in Virginia. While the first settlers had arrived back in 1607, they had only recently discovered that they could turn a profit growing tobacco. Tobacco production had increased 20-fold over the past two years, and agricultural land was suddenly at a premium.
Yet the surveyors, instead of laying out private estates for upwardly mobile colonists, were mostly tracing the bounds of thousands of acres of common land. These vast tracts of public ...
Foster Youth Need More Than Education to Build a Stable Life
Schools Don’t Nurture Long-Term Relationships—and May Even Discourage Them
For the last three years, I have been working on public policy related to foster youth. But at a recent monthly foster care policy meeting in Sacramento, where experts were discussing the needs of foster youth fortunate enough to go to college, I found myself thinking, “They’re missing the point.” Getting the degree doesn’t fix the real problem that foster youth have, which is forming relationships.
I was fully aware of the implicit arrogance of my thought in this room full of well-intentioned, talented, and hardworking people. They’d been chipping away at a piece of marble for years—but I was claiming that I knew what the ...
New York Times National Correspondent Simon Romero
When You Scratch Beneath the Surface You See That New Mexico Is so Much More Complex Than It Appears
Oberlin College Professor of History Pablo Mitchell
I’d Probably Be Mediocre, But Still It’d Be Nice To Be a Sailor
Los Angeles Business Journal Managing Editor Erica E. Phillips
I Like Black Coffee, and I Like It From a Big Pot
In Fighting the Imperial Presidency, California Is Creating a Monster
As It Battles the Federal Government, Sacramento Has Gained Power at the Expense of Local Communities
The Troublesome Federal Judge Who Was Never Disciplined by Congress, His Peers, or the Press
What the Career of the Nation’s Longest-Seated Jurist Tells Us About the Judicial System
Why California Calls the Public Utilities Commission Whenever We Face an Impossible Mess
In a State That Wants to Regulate Everything, the PUC Does the Work Politicians Don’t Want to Do