Fear of Racism Present in Compton as Black History Month Begins

“We want to make sure that it doesn’t become a street race war,” said Paulette Simpson Gibson, the Compton NAACP President. “We need to make sure they understand it’s being dealt with by the law.”

Residents and activists are expected to rally against hate on Saturday in the wake of attacks against an African American family by Latino gang members in December.

The rally is being held because concern persists in Compton over a New Year’s Eve hate crime against an African American homeowner and her children.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials arrested two suspected gang members for allegedly beating a member of that family with a pipe. Witnesses say the men screamed racial slurs and then threw a bottle through a window.

The family is now in the witness protection program, and neighbors, like one man who calls himself only Steve, said it saddens him.

“It’s unfortunate world we live in today and the strides we made, for one minority to attack another minority about where they want to live,” he said.


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