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Lack of basic necessities drove rebellion

In the language of my community, riots mean one thing, rebellion something else. Let us agree to call what happened in South Los Angeles 25 years ago a rebellion, which is defined as a reaction against an injustice. As TV news cameras captured the rebellion that greeted a jury’s decision in faraway Simi Valley to…

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Deep wounds, rays of hope

If you walked into a barbershop on Western Avenue in the early spring of 1992, maybe you would have seen it coming. The year before, Los Angeles lost 100,000 local jobs and more than 1,000 people were murdered, nearly half in South Los Angeles. From the disproportionate response to the killing of a single college…

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