Rebel Girl recalls the LA Riots in today's LA Times

Officers stand guard as fire units battle a blaze near 19th Street and Adams Boulevard on
April 30, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
Rebel Girl leads off today's LA Times commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, "Twenty five years later, how did the riots transform L.A.? And has the city changed enough?"

Her essay, "The riots are an L.A. story, but one that tells the future for the rest of the country," offers her view from, yes, the little college in the orange groves. She was honored that an Times editor asked her to write something for the occasion.

excerpt:
In late April when the jacarandas bloom, I recall the 1992 riots. Back then, I saw the purple flowering trees as if for the first time, their blooms bright against L.A.’s ashy streets.
I spent the evening that April 29 downtown, across from Parker Center with first hundreds, then thousands who gathered, outraged at the acquittal of four LAPD officers charged in the beating of Rodney King.
Two weeks later, I interviewed for a teaching position at a little community college in the orange groves of Irvine. Driving down the 405, I couldn’t help but consider the white flight that had followed that route after the 1965 Watts riots. I am neither especially white nor especially flighty. But there that history was, like worrying smoke in the rearview mirror.
I got the job. I made the move.
To read the rest, click here.

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Comments

Bob Cosgrove said…
And I'll raise you by two--AWESOME.
Ana Maria Cobos said…
I loved your article, Lisa.
Rebel Girl said…
Thanks Ana Maria! I was pretty pleased with it myself.
Anonymous said…
So nice to see the college recognize achievements like this one. Dianne's email about it was so thoughtful.
Anonymous said…
And since those riots there has been zero improvement of those neighborhoods.
Anonymous said…
I hear that the reason Roy has not been posting so much is NOT that all is well at the colleges and in the district but because both his parents are ailing and he is their primary caregiver. Sending best wishes to the family and to Roy. We will be here when you return. (I really miss your Board of Trustees meeting live blogging. You should get a Pulitzer for that!)
Anonymous said…
Thanks, 10:29 --RB
Anonymous said…
So is it true that the OCC prez is a finalist for the chancellor's job?
Anonymous said…
It's not every day when IVC gets a mention on the Sunday Op-ed page of the LA Times.

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