Black and Brown Conflict in Los Angeles

One of Los Angeles' dirty little secrets is the rising tension between Blacks & Mexicans which is a situation that is being swept under the rug by the media, politicians, law enforcement and researchers, but for about 12 years, this has been a growing concern for residents in South LA, the South Bay area and the Westside. This conflict has manifested itself on several levels from the prisons, to high schools, among the gangs and subtly in local politics. The local print & broadcast media has nearly ignored this story completely, with the exception of FOX 11 News who produced a few stories on several murders in Compton between Black and Hispanic gang members back in 2001, but as I see it, each year in Los Angeles, the conflict between Blacks and Browns although small, is growing and the murders are slowly climbing.

From the 1940s through the early 1990s in Los Angeles, Hispanic & Black gangs rarely engaged in conflict, exhibiting more solidarity between the two groups. But something changed in the early 1990s, and conflict between Blacks and Hispanics were increasing. There has been much speculation on the root causes to the conflict, ranging from expanding drug markets, gang turf conflict, demographic and population shifts, and the California Prison influence.

Conflict between the groups has occurred at several High Schools, including Inglewood, Centennial, Luzinger, Jordan Downs and Hawthorne High Schools. Some of the first gang conflicts occurred in the Venice area of Los Angeles between the Culver City 13 Boys and Venice Shore Line Crips and soon thereafter, the 18th Street gang (Hispanic gang) were warring with
theBlack P Stones (Black gang). Today there are over a dozen areas in Los Angeles where this conflict is currently active and its tenticles are spreading to other pockets in the region.

In Highland Park the Avenues gang since the late 1990s have been actively using aggressive violent tactics to discourage black residents from living in the area. Using pre-1940s lynch mob metality, the Avenues have resorted to murder to send a message to Blacks; get out and don't come back. Just last month, jury selection began for the murders of Christopher Bowser who was gunned down on December 11, 2000 and Kenneth Kurry Wilson, 38, who was also murdered in Highland Park. Several Avenue 43 members have been federally indicted for their role in the murders in Highland Park.

On June 30, 2006, several Hispanics were shot and murdered on East 49th Street near Central Ave in South LA. There is a bit more print media coverage of this shooting, but the racial element is always being downplayed, suggesting that the problem between Blacks & Browns is not that serious. In fact Mayor
Villaraigosa stated that although the blankailants of the murders on 49th Street are Black and the victims are Hispanic, there is nothing to suggest that these crimes were racially motivated
. Time will tell to reveal the motive in this recent multiple murder, but there does not appear to be enough vocal outrage about the plight of Black/Brown relations in Los Angeles.

Although major conflict between Blacks and Hispanics can be traced back to 1993 in Los Angeles, mainstream media, print and television, had given little attention to this growing problem during the 1990s while I was trying to bring this story to the forefront. Even after the Highland Park murders in 1999, both the Los Angeles Times & Los Angeles Daily News pblanked up on this story until five years later when the Federal Government charged those involved. Fox 11 News in Los Angeles were the first to call me on this issue back in 2002 when they wanted to do a story on me and suggested one on the on Black / Brown conflict in Compton. The story below aired on April 24, 2002.



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243 Comments for “Black and Brown Conflict in Los Angeles”

  1. Flavela G

    Mexicans Run LA now

  2. HAZEL

    I think the media doesn't cover this because they want these races to continue kil#i*gg one another. They don't care about the poor, and the issuses that is causing this war.

  3. DEVANTE ROLANDO

    PEPOLE HAVE TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO ITS ki*l OR GET ki*lED OUT HERE ITS HARD TO KEEP SAFE WHEN THERE SO MUCH DANGER BUT THATS THE WAY IT IS

  4. DEVANTE ROLANDO

    I MEAN THERE NEVER GOING TO BE PEACE NO MATTER WHAT THERE ALLWAYS SOME GROUP OF NUM SULLKS WHO THINK THERE BAD THIS REAL TALK;YA BOY DEVANTER.MOB 4LIFE

  5. LOCO

    AYE RAHEM THATS REAL STAY UP

  6. Rahheem Hackett

    Look here's the deal guys in these streets got to much mutherf#@$kin' mouth so you got to let them mutherfukas know were you coming from so i s f#@$k ever f#@$kin' gang in the city but o.B

  7. Rahheem Hackett

    But look i just say if anybody got a proublem with me i got a pistol so i aint worrying bout you shooting at me but thats not what i do i'll take it to the streets and bang it out, and the police can't do sh*% cause if you didn't start it thats selfdefence am i right?

  8. DEVANTEROLANDO

    AYE THIS YA BOY THIS WAR ANIT NOTHING HAZEL FOR ALL WE NOW YOU COULD BE WORKING FOR THEM;PS THIS STREET JORANAL IS REALTALK DONT DIS IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.MOB MIND STATE

  9. blackandbrown together we are family

    dumb blank people you know black and brown are all brothers. need to get some education. this sh*% is so stupid. not making any progress. its the streets you say hmmmmm. your dumb blank go to school u want have to worry about.

  10. SPEEDY P.L.S 13

    MEXICANS CONTROL ALL OVER THE f#@$kING WORLD YA CHAVALAS GOING TO DIE LA BIG MARA SALVATRUCHA CONTROLA f#@$k SLOBS guyS N f#@$k THE REST …

  11. LIL THUMPS

    YOU THINK THIS ONLY GOES ON IN L.A HOMIE I ATTENDED SCHURZ HIGH IN CHICAGO AND WE HAD VERY VIOLENT RIOTS I ALSO ATTENDED MARYVALE HIGH IN PHOENIX ,AZ WERE WE HAD RIOTS WITH THE CHANGOS THIS IS NOT A GANG WAR NON GANG MEMBERS GET IN IT TOO THIS IS WAR WITH THE MAYATES ALL DAY THEY HATE US WE HATE THEM WHY BECAUSE OF THEIR ATTITUDE YOU ONLY TALK ABOUT MEXICAN GANGS TERRORIZING BLACKS WHAT ABOUT WHEN IS THE OTHER WAY AROUND I BET YOU BLACKS TERRORIZE MEXICANS MORE OFTEN THAN WE DO BUT SINCE WE BITING BACK WITH kil#i*gGS ITS GETTING ATTENTION YO SOY LIL THUMPS FRM THAT VFTR 13 NELA GLENDALE,CA OUT OF TOWNERS RANEROS

  12. The Realest Nigga you-ll ever know!

    There are alot of I dont likein ignorant people speaking hear. First of all mexicans dont run sh*% except prison. Ya'll can have that sh*% cuz. I have love for anyone except muthaI dont likeas that run they mouth and aint sayin sit. My best homies are mexican and blacc. We dont beef at all.We let people that will Never amount to anything(ESE'S AND IGNORANT guyZ.How our streets and commuities are ran. Thats a sad fact. Blaccs and mexicans live next door to each other our families interact and our children are dying. Open your I dont likein eyes! To homeboy that said mexicans rule. Own a fortune 500 business make some millions make the Hall of Fame in any sport and win a war before you say ya'll run sh*%. There are very very few millionaire mexicans in the US. Thats a fact cuz. So you show me where ya'll run sh*%!

  13. ALL ABOUT BLACK

    I JUST WONT TO SAY THATS f#@$k UP AND MOTHAf#@$kER BLACK BE STARTING THAT sh*% BUT I FROM TEXAS AND THEM THINK THEY BETTER THEN US AND THEY MAKE LESS THEN US AND RUN SOMETHING THEY ANT RUN NOTTHING DOWN HERE BUT THEY MOUTH AND THEY ANT RUN THAT. BECAUSE BLACK RUN THE PRISON TO AND THAT GO FOR WHITE PEOPLE WITH THAT RACIAL sh*% . AND I HAVE MEXICANS FOR BEST FRIEND.BUT TO ME LA NEED TO START ki*l THEM MOTHAf#@$kER OFF TO IF THEY DOING THAT sh*% TO US AND THAT IS WERE BLACK NEED TO SAY f#@$k THAT BANGING AND THINK ABOUT BLACK CUZ WE ALL BLACK AND IF THEY GET AT ONE THAY NEED TO GET AT ALL SO B IN C WE NEED TO CAME TOGETHER ON THIS sh*% AND SAY f#@$k THEM BECAUSE WE BEEN HERE THEY DONT EVEN BELONG HERE SO SEND THEM BITH BACK WERE THEY CAME FROM SO IF THEY WONT A WAR GAVE THEM A WAR BECAUSE THEY WITH THE WHITE PEOPLE ANY WAYS THE NEW SLAVE

  14. LIL THUMPS

    FIRST OF ALL TO THE REALEST CHANGO THE BLACK CULTURE WILL NEVER BE AS GREAT AS THE MEXICAN BE4 U TALK GET YOUR HISTORY RIGHT WE DO GOT HALL OF FAMERS JUST NOT IN guy SPORTS LIKE BASKETBALL. AND SOON TO BE HALL OF FAMER FERNANDO VALENZUELA, LORENA OCHOA (GOLF) AND MANY MORE DO SOME RESEARCH.THERE IS ACTUALLY A COUPLE OF MEXICANS WHO ARE IN THE FORTUNE 500 LIKE ART MORENO (OWNER OF THE ANGELS) WE HAVE WON QUITE A FEW WARS HOW DO YOU THINK WE GOT OUR INDEPENDENCE.BUT IT IS STUPID TO SAY MEXICANS OR BLACKS RUN sh*% BECAUSE WHITE PEOPLE RUN EVERYTHING IN GENERAL.

  15. LIL THUMPS FROGTOWN BOYS RIFA 13

    TO THAT IGNORANT IDIOT FROM TEXAS LOOK HOMIE IN CALIFORNIA RAZA (MEXICANS) RUN THE STREETS WITHOUT A DOUBT ARIZONA WE RUNIT ,UTAH,NEW MEXICO,COLORADO AND YOUR PIECE OF sh*% STATE OF TEXAS IN CHICAGO EVEN WITH HARDCORE BLACK GANGS WE STILL RUN THE SHOW EVEN IN THE ATL WE RUN IT THE ONLY CITY WE DONT RUN IS PROBABLY NEW YORK BUT AINT NO RAZA MOVING THERE U WRONG HOMIE IN TEXAS WE RUN THE PRISONS AND THE MIERDAS SECAS AKA MS ARE PANICKING LIL BLACK GANGS LIKE TENEESSE YOU WANT TO SEND US BACK WERE WE CAME FROM THIS IS OUR LAND WE GOT NATIVE BLOOD IN US YOU fartGS IS ONLY ADVANTAGE IS THAT IF A guy SEES ANOTHER guy DOWN YOU WILL PICK HIM UP AND RAZA DOES NOT STICK TOGETHER NACIDO AQUI PERO 100% MEXICANO f#@$k CHICANOS THATS A WORD FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ASHAMED OF BEING MEXICAN SO QUE VIVA MI LINDA RAZA DONDE SEA QUE ESTEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. sirlewis

    The truth of the matter is that the south siders have a hit on blacks I was shot three times for parking on a street
    its not in jail its every boy asians pisons and blacks and the southerners or seperated I am not mad at mexicans I do wish that the 13 stop being so sneaky and learn to fight with there hands and save the guns for wild animals
    Blacks are the most non racist people on this earth it's cool because we are God's choosen so people will all ways be hatten on or complexions or woman and or swipes so they can try to erase and replace us but it will not work

  17. sirlewis

    If the sh*% keeps going on blacks will start to see that it is a conspiracy
    I was shot by a coward hidding in some bushes with a gun while another guy said hey didnt we say we dont wont no guys parking on this street .
    I called these same busters out to fight earlier that day when they tried to tell me to park my car some were else and they didnt when I was shot the neighbors turned of there porch lights

  18. sirlewis

    First of all it's not the mexican's it just the south side puppets they dont think blacks will wake up but they are .
    This sh*% comes from the top operation ki*l the guys The white people f#@$ked the mexicans out of there land so they attack the blacks to try to get it back mad at the blacks for making them stronger Mexicans only like mexicans I respect the unit but hate the power trip riots only go down when the 13 out number the blacks
    I have been there there fourced to ride with there people we grew up together we get to jail and it's politics i wish we could see the real problems
    I will die for my people if need be I took three shots for my people.Browns helped break the chains off or feet and blacks helped keep them off theres
    Blacks stop kil#i*gg each other
    And back these brown guys up off or bumpers that a must

  19. PAUL .D

    well I have to say i'm pretty f#@$ken embarresed of you idiots.First of all you really have to go back to school so you can f#@$ken spell right.Second of all you have to open your eyes and realize that we are all men and women of color.As far as white people are concerned we can continue to ki*l ourselves and they won't give a sh*%.Our children are our future.please,"LET'S GIVE THEM ONE"!!!!

  20. doo

    the venice shorelines is laying down the culver city boys and there at war with playboys gansters crips and have conflict with the 74,94,hoovers and 107 they have conflict 60s 40s 20s 30s 67

  21. doo

    the venice shorelines is laying down the culver city boys and there at war with playboys gansters crips and have conflict with the 74,94,hoovers and 107 they have conflict 60s 40s 20s 30s 67

  22. chivas!!!

    yo is all bout mexicans but i dont have a trouble with blacks or anything but u gotta understand that blacs or mexicans actually dony run nothing the fuken white rich people do..
    but f#@$k the whites there lil chickes puro michoacan y todo mexico compa!!!!!

  23. DaTroof

    evry1 need 2 calm wit alla dis stuff i bet ya'll don't even kno y ya'll got alla dis hatred goin on i wish avry1 could c dat we (blacks) have to stop kil#i*g eachother an actually care about eachother an stop crime against eachother blacks say mexicans tryna come ova 2 r spot BUT maybe dey here cuz we have more freedom and its better that way 4 evrybody and wus all dis fightin stuff the world is big enough to share we all here so we all jus gotta deal. Mexicans say that they don't like r attitude well think bout it real hard b4 u started not liking us wus it jus really 1 person that made u change ur mind bout us> and if evry1 wud jus share none of this wud never b hapnin

  24. Angelic Soul

    Mexicans don't run sh*% in Chicago guy,they deep but that sh*% couldn't be further from the truth.LKs are under BPSN & all the Folks are under GDs,f#@$k u thought guy lol

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