Some community activists want to see Los Angeles add Peru Village, Little Venezuela and Paseo Colombia to the list of carved out ethnic communities in Los Angeles. I can dig it. I have no problem with that.
However, I’d like to take this time to point out the dangerously low numbers of Blacks left in Southern California, specifically the city of Los Angeles proper. And so while I’m all for carving out an area and recognizing it as ‘Little Latin America,’ I’d also like to take this time as an advocate and an Angelino to propose that we carve out an area called ‘Black Los Angeles‘ or at least ‘This is Where the Blacks Once lived in Los Angeles‘ area with the added designation of historical landmark.
I am not ashamed to say that I want a Black area in Los Angeles named ‘Little something’ after Black people. It could be Little Africa, Little This Is Where the Blacks Once Lived, Little This Used to Be Our Area Until We Were Priced Out with Gentrification, Little Blacks Lived Here Before They Came (or Came Back), I don’t know how to be politically correct on that one, but Little something–and no Leimert Park does not count.
I drove through LP yesterday and was astonished at midday the number of white men and women jogging and pushing strollers along the streets. For real, where did we all go?