Articles about “race in la”

Boricua At Home, Black In The World: An Afro-Latina in LA

She grew up Afro-Latina in Los Angeles, where some people simply "don't get it." An Angeleña of proud Puerto Rican heritage shares her story.

I Turned To Art To Be A Better Ally To The Black Community

"I think it is important for white allies to use their voice to help educate other white people about these problems." Local art student, Melissa Licari, writes about how she used her art to support Black Lives Matter.

Everybody Loves The Sunshine: Black Angelenos Helped Shape The City - Don't Erase Us

The number of Black Angelenos and their agency has declined precipitously over the years. The spirit of Black LA, embodied by Nipsey Hussle and others who carry on his philanthropic legacy, urges the Black community to recover power by reclaiming and preserving Black spaces for the next generation.

Black History Month May Be Over But Sharing Black Stories Is Still A Priority

February has ended. But our commitment to seeking out, highlighting and amplifying Black voices isn't. Our increased transparency in how we cover the Black community pre-dates last summer's unrest. Our multifaceted Black History Month coverage wasn't an endpoint but a device and a catalyst to continue this editorial work.

As A Black Nurse At The Pandemic's Frontlines, I've Had A Close Look At America's Racial Divisions

Adwoa Blankson-Wood is a Black nurse but felt she had to protect herself by keeping race out of her workplace. She writes, 'Nobody understands what it means to be Black in America, unless they are Black in America.'

Racism 101: Enough With The 'Angry Black Woman' Stereotypes. Let's Talk About Tone Policing

Largely seen as a way to put aggrieved people back in their place, the harm tone policing does by dismissing real grievances that aren't delivered in the "right" way is real. Racism 101 participants Donna and Carene talk to each other about what tone policing means to them, where they see it occur in their lives and how it affects them.

'What Are You?' 'Are You Adopted?' A Biracial Black Woman Gets Real About The Questions People Have The Nerve To Ask

The things you hear when people can't pinpoint your race -- and insist on asking questions or making assumptions -- can run the gamut from mildly amusing to downright horrifying.

Reading While Black, And Other Ways To Court Trouble

When you're young, male, and Black, you learn that sometimes, situations involving the police can instantly turn dangerous. Even if all you're doing is reading a book on the lawn.

Reparations And Reinvestment: Contemplating The Proverbial '40 Acres And A Mule' Today

Brandi Carter reflects on what reparations for Black Americans could look like now, a modern-day take on the fabled 40 acres and a mule that were given to some slaves during the Civil War. "It's not just about righting a centuries-old wrong. It's about reinvestment in our country to create the level playing field that everyone deserved from the start."

A Chicana's Ongoing Journey To Leave White Supremacy Behind 

As a light-skinned Mexican American in the entertainment industry, Sam Varela was aware of her privilege. She often felt "like I 'made the cut' due to my white skin" when getting hired. Lately, she's been thinking about how it all connects to white supremacy.

Claiming My Dignity On A San Fernando Valley Street

A self-described "Black Valley Girl" pledges to prioritize her dignity after feeling forced to explain herself to a suspicious neighbor. "I don't owe it to anyone to make them feel safe."

The Day My Brother Learned To Fly

The day the police came to the door, 5-year-old Esther Lira was terrified. She cowered under the table as officers ran through the house. Then, her brother Charlie did something unexpected. 

In The Process Of Becoming American: A Proud Son Of Immigrants Reflects On His Family's Past And Future

His parents left Mexico and moved their family to a country with better opportunities, "even though they knew the opportunities were not going to be for themselves," but for their children. Now it's up to him to complete his parents' American dream. 

'Black Enough?' Mixed Musings On My Skin Color, Hair, and Heritage

She'd grown accustomed to the "sprinkling of macro- and micro-aggressions from some of my own people about my skin tone and hair texture" that comes with colorism. But there she was, scrambling to show photos on her phone of "my beautiful chocolate family" when yet another person brought up her light skin.

Six Months Of Race In LA (And More To Come!): Listen To A Few Of Our Contributors

It's been six months since we launched the Race in LA series, and the personal essays we've been able to share from the community have surpassed our wildest expectations. KPCC's Take Two highlighted a few of them this week.

Please Do Not Call Me A 'Mutt' (Not Even You, Mom)

Her mother used to refer to them both as "mutts" when it came to ancestry. Here's why this daughter of Mexican and European-ish parents rejects the label. (And her mom agrees.)

Connecting Family Stories: A Latina Angeleña Explores Her Deep California Roots

A Latina with deep California roots writes: "Perhaps because of my physical appearance and surname, I have occasionally encountered inquisitive types, wondering how long I have lived in this country, or why I do not have an accent." But appearances can be deceiving, as her family history tells.

'I Am Latino, I Am Also White': Why A Latino Of Mixed Ancestry Struggles Each Time He Fills Out A Form

When you grow up identifying as "half white and half Mexican," the task of choosing what box to check on a government form isn't easy.

Racism 101 Asked And Answered: Why Does Talking About Race In America Focus So Much On Skin Color, Usually Blacks And Whites?

We solicited your awkward, silly and tough-to-ask questions about race as part of Racism 101. Now we're sharing the answers from our project panelists. This time, we're answering, "Why do Americans focus on calling people by a color, 'I'm Black,' or 'I'm white,' like Crayolas?"

Racism 101: At What Point Does Cultural Appreciation Cross Over Into Appropriation?

"If we were to draw clear boundaries around what does or doesn't constitute harmful cultural appropriation in all cases, a lot of people would be satisfied," writes Brianna Lee, part of the LAist newsroom and a Racism 101 answer panelist. But as Lee explains, she isn't interested in making the masses comfortable. She'd rather make them think, talk and learn.

'White' Without The Privilege: An Arab American's Quest To Be Counted 

Soon after arriving in the U.S. from Saudi Arabia, he learned he was expected to check "white" for racial identity in the census. But amid the anti-Arab hate that followed the 9/11 attacks, he quickly realized that his "white" label came without the privilege. 

Racism 101 Asked And Answered: "What's The Deal With The Word 'Cholo'?"

We solicited your awkward, silly and tough-to-ask questions about race as part of Racism 101. Now we're sharing the answers from our project panelists. This time, we're answering, "What's the deal with the term 'cholo?' How did it evolve, and who is allowed to say it?"

From 'Go Back To Your Country' To A Vice President-Elect Who Shares My Grandmother's Name

An American of Indian descent reflects on hate and hope: the hate that generations of her family have experienced -- and, as the mother of three girls, the hope that she has for their future.

My Mom Was A Black Entrepreneur. I Never Thought About It, Until Now

Facing wage discrimination at the clothing store where she worked as a tailor, his mother decided to quit and strike out on her own. Working out of her basement, she built a clothing business that lasted more than three decades.   

'You Can Only Choose One': A Biracial American Explores His Filipino-Russian Roots -- And Explains Why He Won't Check Just One Box

Growing up as the son of a Filipino immigrant dad and Russian American mom, Mark Moya felt equally attached to both cultures. He still does. Lately, he's been thinking more about their immigrant legacy and how it shaped him, especially after losing his dad earlier this year to COVID-19.

Racism 101 Provides A "Starter Kit" To Facilitate Conversations Around Race

Racism 101 gives Angelenos the opportunity to ask tough questions about race -- and facilitate their own talks with our conversation "starter kit."

How An Outsider Found Identity And Belonging In The Intangible Shared Spaces Of A Redlined City

Growing up Chicano and gay on the Eastside in the '60s and '70s, James Rojas often felt like an outsider. He found safe space and acceptance amid Black and Brown peers and disco music as "we blurred the L.A. redlining map and found identity, and community, in the fusion."

Perspectives On Artsakh From A Black Armenian Angeleno

A Black Armenian Angelena reflects on her identity -- the discrimination she's endured because of her race and feelings of being excluded because of her ethnicity -- the legacy of the Armenian Genocide and the current conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

New 'Racism 101' Project From LAist Aims To Facilitate Deeper Conversations

Racism 101 is aimed at holding space for the community to safely ask questions and discuss race with us -- and with each other.

Surviving The Endless Waves: When American Dreams Aren't All They're Cracked Up to Be

In a series of recollections, Judy Jean Kwon reflects on what her Korean American family lost when they settled in the U.S. -- and what it's taken for her to reclaim at least part of it.

How A 'Secret Asian Man' Embraced Anti-Racism

"I came to deeply embrace anti-racism in slow, sustained increments. To do so, I had to embrace my own identity as a Brown person -- and understand my own complicity in white supremacy."

On Race, School, The Teacher Who Tried To Decide My Fate And Those Who Let Me Decide It Myself

Growing up in a family of New Orleans transplants in L.A.'s Jefferson Park neighborhood, Jervey Tervalon wasn't always appreciated by educators. It took some special teachers to take a deeper look and recognize his talents.

How An ER Doctor Combated Racism In Pursuit Of An Olympic Dream

A racial slur was part of Omar Amr's first experience playing Division I water polo at UC Irvine. It wasn't the first time he'd heard racist comments. Growing up in East L.A., Amr was groomed to "behave appropriately" so that hate directed toward him would not turn into harm.

A Baby Boomer's Recollection of Systemic Racism And The Police

When he tuned in to a radio interview with a top law enforcement official, and the topic of racism came up, Keith Taylor was hoping to hear some sympathy for Black people killed by police. Or perhaps, "some idea of how to work in earnest to combat this pervasive issue." What he heard instead brought back painful memories from many years back.

The 8%: Exploring The Inextricable Ties Between L.A. And Its Black Residents

Part of the Race In LA series, The 8 Percent explores the inextricable ties between L.A. and its Black residents - how Black migration, community and culture have shaped and changed L.A.

Rising Above: How I Found My Voice To Push Back Against Stereotypes, At Work And In Life

Growing up in the mostly white Orange County suburbs, she felt safer staying quiet, keeping her feelings to herself whenever stung by subtle or overt racism. But over time, she found her voice.

Reading About Anthony McClain Felt Like Reading My Own Obituary

I'm a 32-year-old black man. Last Saturday, another 32-year-old black man breathed his last breaths miles from where I work. In the wake of his death, I reflect on all the ways he could've been me.

'Who Invited Miami?': An LA Transplant On The Rules of Racial Division -- And How We Can Bend Them

"Things that violate the racial rules in L.A. -- like everywhere else -- are real. And you shouldn't fall into the trap of minimizing them because they're exceptions or simplifying them to satisfy the rules."

'No Soy De Aquí, Ni Soy De Allá' (I'm Not From Here, Or From There)

Assimilation as an immigrant is hard. How do you fit in and stay rooted in the country and culture you're so proud to be a part of? For one Argentine girl, it was a new friend, tastes of home and a whole lot of Harry Potter.

'We Don't Hire Colored Girls': After A Job Rejection In 1956, A Young LA Telephone Operator Began Kicking Down Doors

She'd been hired over the phone. All was well until she came in, and her new employer saw she was Black. Here's how having one door closed in her face put her on the path toward a lifetime of kicking other doors down.

'Dear Racist': How Rage-Writing Turned To Rage-Drawing For An Artist Who's Fed Up With Anti-Asian Hate

I began writing this illustrated letter as a way to shed my fear of the person who racially insulted my children. By the end, I remembered that racists are the ones who are truly afraid.

Brown and Blue: A Mexican American Police Family Tries To Reconcile 'Who We Once Were, Who We Now Are, And Who We Want To Be'

She and her husband grew up in a neighborhood where they and their peers, as children of Mexican immigrants, were the ones profiled by white LAPD officers. His response was to join the force, to represent his community. Now, decades later with two grown daughters, they find themselves navigating some difficult conversations.

An Education In Becoming Whole Again: How My College Experience Taught Me To Love My Blackness

Brandi Tanille Carter apprehensively left her home Los Angeles to go to a college she had never seen in a state she'd never visited. But it's here she learned to embrace her Blackness, and it's this experience which allowed her to return home to L.A. empowered.

My Life In Public Spaces: How My Race Colors The Way In Which The World Reacts To Me

My interactions with race -- as is the case for my students -- are valuable, and I'm reminded that they require serious reflection and mindful application. Not only in my personal experience in Los Angeles as a Korean American and an immigrant, but in relation to other minority groups; after all, it is a shared history.

What It Really Means To Amplify Black Voices

When the voice of Black America is too loud for any newsroom to ignore, Take Two producer Austin Cross explains what it means to truly amplify Black voices.

Raising A Black Boy In America When You're Neither Black Nor American

Earlier than expected, my wife and I had to give my 6-year-old son "the talk" about what it means to be Black in America. Except I'm neither Black nor American.

On Life As A Freckle-Faced, Redheaded, Mexican American From Southeast Los Angeles

"Sometimes I feel the weight of being judged as a person of color. Other times I feel awkward being seen as the only white guy in the room. It is through this murky fog that I have fought to carve out my own American identity."

Lessons Learned While Being Black: 'I'll Never Be Above Scrutiny'

For some, racism has resulted in obscene and life-threatening actions. For me, it's been a never-ending journey of internalizing microaggressions and trying to live above them.