The 1992 Los Angeles Uprising began 25 years ago today

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the start of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising.

I urge everyone to experience the immersive exhibits “No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992” and “Trouble Every Day: LA 1965/1992” at the California African American Museum.

The exhibits took me back to 1992, seeing the smoke plumes and ash from mom’s house in Montebello, thinking NWA had warned us this was coming again.

Today, some things are better in South Central L.A. Our SCLA unincorporated communities are rising through strong partnerships and civic engagement. But far too many structural inequalities throughout South Central remain.

Will history repeat a third time in L.A.?

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South Central Los Angeles: History and meaning in the historically proper place name

By: Jonathan P. Bell, @c1typlann3r

Decades ago the @latimes uncritically accepted L.A. City’s “South LA” rebranding. Recall that L.A. City’s elected officials wanted to sanitize images of “unrest” that they claimed were associated with “South Central.” So they dropped “Central”… brilliant 🙄. The L.A. Times went along with it wholesale.

We hadn’t seen “South Central L.A.” in an L.A. Times headline for many years until Angel Jennings’s Nov. 22nd story on #TheReef. While it’s in reference to the Historic South-Central district within L.A. City, seeing the historically proper place name was still exciting for many South Central Los Angeles advocates. It was one long overdue step away from revisionist history.

#SouthCentral #LosAngeles #OccasionalCritique #InstaEssay#MicroEssay

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[ I wrote this originally for the @florencefirestone IG. Reprinting it here as part of my occasional micro-essay series #OccasionalCritique #InstaEssay #MicroEssay ] ・・・ Decades ago the @latimes uncritically accepted LA City's "South LA" rebranding. Recall that LA City's elected officials wanted to sanitize images of "unrest" that they claimed were associated with "South Central." So they dropped "Central"… brilliant 🙄. LA Times went along with it wholesale. We hadn't seen "South Central L.A." in an LAT headline for many years until Angel Jennings's story on #TheReef last week. While it's in reference to the Historic South-Central district within LA City, seeing the historically proper place name was still exciting for many #SouthCentral #LosAngeles advocates. It was one long overdue step away from revisionist history.

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South Central Los Angeles: Embrace, don’t erase, local history

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Graffiti writers at Slauson and Hooper Aves remind us that this geography is still called South Central Los Angeles. Photo by Jonathan P. Bell, @c1typlann3r
By: Jonathan P. Bell, @c1typlann3r

Remember that this geography is still, and will always be, South Central Los Angeles. The “South LA” rebranding was City of LA’s attempt at revisionist history after the 1992 Uprising (much like the City’s embarrassing 2014 “SOLA” proposal that’s thankfully fizzled).

Invest in place erasure and hope the world forgets: that went nowhere. Stakeholders young and older still call it South Central LA. History matters.

And, for the record, none of the City’s revisionism ever applied in the unincorporated communities: Florence-Firestone, Willowbrook, East Rancho Dominguez, West Rancho Dominguez, West Athens, and Lennox.

💛✊🏽 [Location: Slauson Av @ Hooper Av]

#SouthCentral #LosAngeles #OccasionalCritique #InstaEssay #MicroEssay

[ I wrote this post last week for the @florencefirestone IG. I've reprinted it here as the inaugural piece for my occasional micro-essay series #OccasionalCritique #InstaEssay #MicroEssay ] ・・・ "Embrace, don't erase, local history" Remember that this geography is still, and will always be, South Central Los Angeles. The "South LA" rebranding was City of LA's attempt at revisionist history after the 1992 Uprising (much like the City's embarrassing 2014 "SOLA" proposal that's thankfully fizzled). Invest in place erasure and hope the world forgets: that went nowhere. Stakeholders young and older still call it South Central LA. History matters. And, for the record, none of the City's revisionism ever applied in the unincorporated communities: Florence-Firestone, Willowbrook, East Rancho Dominguez, West Rancho Dominguez, West Athens, and Lennox. #SouthCentral #LosAngeles 💛✊🏽 [location: Slauson Av @ Hooper Av]

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