As a South Central resident with the opportunity to return my community after college, it is interesting to look at the community through the lens of my Ethnic Studies major. I can say with assurance and certainty that not much has changed since the riots of 1992.
In South Central, we still have high poverty rates, gang-violence and the murder of Black bodies by police and gang-members.
We are left with limited healthy food options and complete disenfranchisement of the poor inner city communities in Los Angeles.
Black’s in Los Angeles make up almost 50% of L.A’s homeless population although representing only 8% of the overall population in L.A.
These rates, according to Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority is due to the institutional racism in L.A. This information was released in a report on L.A’s homelessness in 2018 which media has classified as a full blown crisis.
In the midst of seemingly being left behind, the city has gentrification projects that are currently being developed all throughout L.A County while the Black community continues to decline through their methods of ethnic cleansing.