The Watts Riots took place fifty years ago, but I remember them vividly. I was thirteen years old, and on the morning of August 12, 1965, I woke up at Pepperdine University where I stayed the night for church camp.
The new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital officially opened its doors to the public. It is a milestone moment and one that must be celebrated. It comes on the heels of the historic Supreme Court decision that enshrines the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land.
It's time that we, as Latinos, boldly speak out in support of justice. If we are to truly deal with racism in America impacting Latinos, we need to understand what is happening right now with Black America.
Seeing what a feral hog hunt actually looks like, and knowing that he's a cheerful promoter as well as participant, Nugent's "joke" about gunning down "South Central" residents now has a dark visual resonance.
Jerry had grown up in South Central, was steeped in gang lore and knew the appeal of the gangs to young boys who came from broken homes. But he never in a thousand years thought that his own son would run with the gangs.
Why is it that National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent gets away with joking about machine-gunning South Central Los Angeles residents from a helicopter, equating them with the feral hogs he likes to hunt in the same manner?
'Hustling' was more than just a song and dance in L.A.'s working class neighborhoods. It was also a way of life, and hustling was a term commonly used to describe doing whatever it took to bring in additional income.
How many more senseless violent crimes will it take to realize that children in our inner cities are dying? Generations are being lost but it is preventable, if we demonstrate that we care and we take action.
Perplexing verdicts, such as from the Casey Anthony case, are a frequent occurrence for Americans, Angelenos included. We accept that they are just part of our judicial system and hope that one day justice will be served.