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Old 01-05-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Inglewood was a sundown city into the fifties.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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My favorite era in LA was in 1980's, 1984-87 to be axact. My second favorite era was 1948-1961.
The worst era in LA was 1989-1993. Second worst era: now!
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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While many, many things in L.A. are worse now than in the '50s, race relations are better.
I am curious what else was better in the 50s. I know traffic was probably better. But were gender relations better? - Were women treated as equal members of the society in 50s? Were women a significant portion of the workforce in the aerospace industry? Were there women executives, directors, producers in Hollywood?
What about religion? - was an openly non religious lifestyle accepted? Can you proclaim to be atheist and live in the community?
What about sexual orientation - Was there a West Hollywood? Could people openly proclaim to have a different sexual orientation?
What about food ? - Was there diversity in cuisine? Could you get the authentic Korean BBQ and high quality sushi?
What about entertainment options? - What about travel and vacations? - Could you take daily planes to Asia and Australia? Were you able to drive to Vegas in 4hrs or SF in 6 ?
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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My favorite era in LA was in 1980's, 1984-87 to be axact. My second favorite era was 1948-1961.
The worst era in LA was 1989-1993. Second worst era: now!
What was so great about this 3 or 4 year period in the 1980's? The Olympics in 1984? The nightstalker in 1985?

Ok, that is a joke but really i am curious how you can think everything was grand from 84 to 87 then all went to **** in 89 to 93? And why not include 94 in the "bad era" since that when the Northridge (Reseda) earthquake hit?

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Old 01-05-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I am curious what else was better in the 50s. I know traffic was probably better. But were gender relations better? - ?
No question race relations and gender relations are BETTER now than in the 1950's.

But the 1950's did represent a time when the LA economy was greatly expanding and provided many opportunities to blue collar workers (granted mostly for white, non-hispanic workers but even blacks found some economic advancement during this time).

It's true that the ENTIRE U.S. economy was in much better shape in the 1950's compared to today's sluggish, post-bubble economy. HOWEVER, circa the 1950's the California (and Los Angeles) economy was a the HEAD of the pack in terms of job growth, low unemployment, career opportunites, and "affordable" blue collar housing.....including many opportunites for blue collar workers in relatively high wage/low skill jobs like in the aerospace and aircraft industries.

Today the LA economy is stuck in low gear, with ABOVE average unemployment, etc.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
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Not segregated?? You're making a joke, right? In the 50's blacks could not go south of Slauson or west of Vermont. I mean literally. If you did you ran a very high risk of being attacked or threatened by local whites, or jammed up by the police - meaning possibly roughed up, certainly threatened, absolutely interrogated.

I remember my first encounter with blatant racism in the 5-and-10-cent Store. I was 5 years old and the cashier absolutely refused to wait on me for my purchase. After she took several customers ahead of me who got in line after I did, I went to the cashier at the rear of the store and got the same treatment. I remember going to the local liquor store with my father when I was 4 to purchase a newspaper and a pack of cigarettes (for him, of course). The newspaper rack was outside the door. In the course of removing the newspaper he dropped it. The owner of the dry cleaners next door was out on the sidewalk talking to the owner of the liquor store. Knowing we were well within earshot, the dry cleaners owner says to the liquor store owner, "Look at that clumsy ni66er. I don't know why he's buying a paper, he probably can't even read". Mind you, we had been doing business with this cleaners for a couple of years. Immediately after leaving the store, we stopped at the dry cleaners to pick up everything we had in there. My father made it perfectly clear that he would no longer be doing business there and that all of the other black families we knew would be advised of her being a racist.

Well into the 60's, Inglewood was very hostile to black people. The police were beyond ridiculous with their agression and prejudice toward black people. I experienced this first hand as well.

I don't know what leads you to believe that "they all got along until the early 60's". I was living in Los Angeles, California. Which Los Angeles were you in?
And from my perspective, this continued on into the 1980's, as I used to get pulled for DWB regularly passing through there on my way home to the Vermont Square area. I totally relate to everything you say here. But lately, so many white folks are choosing the apathetic stance regarding Afro-American experiences with discrimination and and inequity because they are tired of hearing it hit home. So there is the inclination to dictate how black people should feel about what happens to them daily, as trivial, with the regard that we should all go colorblind and just live as one big happy American family. Well fine, if youre born part of the dominant 'acceptable' demographic. But people of color dont look in their mirrors and not see color. And neither do banks, police officers or employers, believe it or not. So, my counsel is if youre not guilty of the mentality that condones minority oppression, then you have no reason to take anything personal or get defensive. We are supposed to learn from our past mistakes and remedy them. Not sweep them away. Because if we keep repeating them, we go insane.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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so many white folks are choosing the apathetic stance regarding Afro-American experiences with discrimination and and inequity because they are tired of hearing it hit home.
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Especially in this election year, we will revisit numerous times a truth that should be obvious: Denial of racism is the new racism.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:41 AM
 
Location: La Crescenta, CA
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Another difference: in the 50s and 60s... there was more crime!

A steep drop in crime, but do you feel safer? - latimes.com
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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What was so great about this 3 or 4 year period in the 1980's? The Olympics in 1984? The nightstalker in 1985?

Ok, that is a joke but really i am curious how you can think everything was grand from 84 to 87 then all went to **** in 89 to 93? And why not include 94 in the "bad era" since that when the Northridge (Reseda) earthquake hit?
All the cool spots like Hard Rock Cafe, Pinafina and Vertigo nighclubs lost their lusters and some of the hottest chics around moved to Arizona, Oregon, Washington and others. LA was no longer that good and became more rundown in a hurry.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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Shortly after this period, the crime rate went through the roof, and Rodney King riot occurred in 1992. LA in 1984-1987 era were great because of all the excitements. You had the olympics, cool nightlife, good heavy metal scene and beach girls scene. Everything was relatively affordable. It wasn't too crowded on weekend on I 405 yet, and I could get to Newport Beach in less than an hour. Now, it takes 4 hours or more. It's a disaster. It was starting to get bad after 1989 with more traffic and crimes. They completed alot of mid to highrises by 1992. The economy tanked, and Downtown LA went with it. Now, it's boring with Brody Jenner, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian are the player of the current nightlife scene, not Kim Alexis, Cindy Crawford and Catherine Oxinberg back in the 80's. I can go on how now is the second worst time to be in LA.
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