Growing Up In Los Angeles in me 1970's and 1980's, roughly half of Furman's high school basketball teammates lived in the largely Anglo, and increasingly Jewish, San Fernando Valley, while the other half were African American students bused in from the inner city. Los Angeles was embroiled in efforts to desegregate its public school district, one of the largest and most segregated in the country. Tensions came to a head as the state implemented its forced busing plan, a radical integration program that was hotly contested among Los Angeles residentsùparticularly among Valley residents and at all levels of the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
In My Los Angeles in Black and (Almost) White, the Granada Hills High School basketball team serves as the entry point for a trenchant exploration of the judicial, legislative, and neighborhood battles over school desegregation that gripped the city in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education and that continue to plague our "postracial" nation. Furman accesses a diverse array of opinions on these years and on the current crisis of race and public education by examining landmark judicial decisions, public policy studies, and newspaper articles, and by interviewing key community leaders, including former U.S. representative Bobbi Fiedler, the Jewish activist who led the campaign to stop forced busing in Los Angeles, and retired Superior Court judge Paul Egly, with whom Fiedler and her allies wrangled. Furman also documents a recent visit to Los Angeles during which he met with several of his former teammates, coaches, and neighbors. At once critical and fair-minded, My Los Angeles in Black and (Almost) White cuts through the incendiary rhetoric surrounding school desegregation to offer a lucid, engaging, and informed account of our long legacy and current challenges regarding race and public education.
- Biography + Autobiography
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- November 30, 2010
- November 30, 2010
- Andrew Furman