June 12, 2008

Lee Baca on racial violence

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says race is central to understanding the county’s violence:

We have a serious interracial violence problem in this county involving blacks and Latinos.

Some people deny it. They say that race is not a factor in L.A.’s gang crisis; the problem, they say, is not one of blacks versus Latinos and Latinos versus blacks but merely one of gang members killing other gang members (and yes, they acknowledge, sometimes the gangs are race-based).

But they’re wrong.

Los Angeles Times


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