Change Hasn't Come to S.F.

Blacks should look to Washington and not to City Hall for hope.

In 2006, "progressives" like Mar succeeded in hounding Ackerman out of office; she resigned, citing a compatibility clause in her contract that allowed her to leave if she was unable to work with the school board. African-American civic leaders were livid that a nationally prominent black administrator would find her Waterloo in San Francisco's contorted left-wing politics.

But by the time this widely covered battle was over, the once-obscure Mar had become a progressive hero. While the final city election results are still being tabulated, it appears he will be the newly elected supervisor representing the Richmond neighborhood.

On the night of Nov. 4, San Francisco took to the streets to celebrate a revolution in American race relations. Now that we've all stepped back indoors, it's worth thinking about ways to bring that battle home.

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