Democratic Assemblyman Steven Bradford says it’s time to make the needs of that population a priority. He’ll introduce a resolution in the Assembly tomorrow in honor of Black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed last year. Bradford says the problems confronting men of color are well known.
“Now it’s coming up with some takeaways, that we can implement in our communities, not only in the state of California but across this nation,” he said, “and make sure these young men have an opportunity to succeed, get an education and not be on gang injunctions for the rest of their lives and things of that nature.”
Bradford says some solutions may be straight forward, such as making sure boys have the tools they need to succeed in school. But he says others are more complicated, such as reversing the trend to expel or suspend minorities for “willful defiance.” Bradford says that can include minor offenses such as being unprepared in class or failing to remove a hat.