Mark Ridley-Thomas

Selfie of white joggers in African American neighborhood sets off debate, and quest for understanding

Selfie of white joggers in African American neighborhood sets off debate, and quest for understanding

It was the selfie that set Leimert Park talking.

There was DeMille Halliburton, his arm outstretched in the foreground, shooting a photo of the Saturday running group the African American entertainment industry insurer has long organized.

Behind him stood eight white neighbors, smiling under a sunny sky, a few holding on to their dogs’ leashes. Tucked in the very back were two black runners.

The photo Halliburton uploaded that day in October set off a storm of debate in Leimert Park, a middle-class, traditionally African American neighborhood.

The photo generated numerous comments on social media, with many expressing concerns about...

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