Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

Racism in Boyle Heights & East Los Angeles in the late 1970s & early 1980s

My memory of  East Los Angeles elementary and middle school is that children then – particularly boys – were racist and homophobic. We were, alas, equal opportunity racists and homophobes. We were just as bad towards each other (“TJ”, “frijolero,” and “wetback”) and, generally, towards anyone who was different, including the physically challenged.

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One response to “Racism in Boyle Heights & East Los Angeles in the late 1970s & early 1980s

  1. Adolfo Herrera August 10, 2013 at 8:14 am

    It’s funny you should write this. In the late 70’s I was plucked from LA and replanted in the OC. I was reflecting on how racist, homophobic and vicious the Anglos were to people of color and I always wondered what it would have been like had I stayed in LA among my ethnicity – by your post, it’s clear it wouldn’t have been much different.

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