#100days100nights fuels fear in South L.A.

Sandy Banks | Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2015

100daysThe #100days100nights campaign may be fake, but the fear in parts of South Los Angeles is very real.

“I’ve been in prison, and I’ve never been as nervous as I am right now,” a middle-aged man in a baseball cap admitted to the crowd gathered for a community meeting Wednesday night — one he’d almost been too afraid to attend.

A summer spike in gang violence is nothing new in this neighborhood near Manchester and Vermont: Days are hot, tempers are short and troubles tend to brew among aimless young men with nothing constructive to do.

But a recent flurry of gang shootings has unsettled residents. And social media posts that seem to promise 100 gang killings in 100 days have turned the temperature up.

Police officials and gang intervention workers are trying to debunk the missives, confident they are nothing more than pranks, odes to dead gangbangers or cyberposturing.

“The idea of ‘100 days’ is to intimidate,” Ben “Taco” Owens told the meeting of the Southern California Cease Fire Committee. “It’s a mental game, like psychological warfare.”

If so, the terrorists may be winning.

In a community where so many families have been touched by violence, it’s easy to believe that anyone can be a target.

Residents have heard rumors of children being fired upon. When a young man was shot dead two weeks ago, photos of his body sprawled on a sidewalk were posted on Instagram. A peace march last weekend had barely ended when a 47-year-old man was killed nearby.

“A lot of us thought we had moved past some of this stuff,” said James Harris, 52, one of dozens of former gang members trying to mediate. “To be revisiting it now, it’s kind of disheartening.”

Social lives have stalled, children are kept inside, birthday parties have been canceled and family reunions called off. Nonprofits in the area have warned employees to be extra careful in certain neighborhoods. Some residents are avoiding big gatherings and busy parks.

Read more here: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-banks-100days-20150731-column.html#page=1

8 Comments for “#100days100nights fuels fear in South L.A.”

  1. Doe

    Choke on a d#$k dirty blank q tip

  2. Doe

    Take the apes d#$k out your mouth so we can hear you and all the other races you named don’t even like you pecker woods sorry to burst your little bubble you might not like it but you white hoes love it ask your mom she will tell you

  3. Simon

    You have a point my friend.

  4. Lisa Barry

    That’s WRONG!

    Open your HEART before God paves your way to hell!… It’s true

    There are good and bad trends in every race. There are smart

    and not quite as smart people in every race!….but everyone lives

    and loves someone, loves their life; and God sent them just like you!

    We are all God’s children. We need to forgive others or we can’t

    be forgiven. We will be judged the way we judge others! Where

    do you want to spend eternity?

    Hate and joy are not related. That’s why you’re so angry. Haven’t

    you allowed the devil to blind you beyond reason?! The reason

    people put others down, is to feel good about themselves.

    Of course, this doesn’t work, because you are the one who is

    doing something wrong to begin with. You then feel even worse

    about yourself; and may fall into the same trap again of putting

    down others more and more until it becomes habitual, like a

    drug. It’s not worth it!….

    One of the definitions of being humble is being teachable…letting

    truth and LOVE in…:-)

    I pray for you to find that day as soon as you can. 🙂

    P.S. The more you love someone, the more and more

    you do! It’s easy!

    Lisa 🙂

    can’t be

  5. Crackkiller

    The perpetrators of black on black violence are always caught and convicted threw the legal system,sometimes they are punished outside the system but make no mistake,they ARE held accountable.Whites however are never punished for there violent acts against blacks or mexicans.THAT’S where he have the problem sir.

  6. Sidewatcher

    I live on 88 and Baring…yea, ish is real ratchet right now.

  7. Nicholas Ruiz

    You can’t even spell educated “eduvated” hahaha are you serious. Pretty sure auto correct gave you a chance to fix that before you made yourself look like an idiot.

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