If there’s anything about modern urban Chicana/o and Latina/o life I know little to nothing about it’s la vida loca (the crazy life). I grew up in the suburbs and even though I did know people involved in gangs, I was never personally affected or worried that I or my brothers or sister would get hassled walking home from school.
In the last few months I’ve learned a lot from a good friend, Hispanic Pundit, who grew up in Compton, the soon to be murder capital of the US. Most of the time HP writes about conservative issues, but he broke away from boring subjects like economics and judicial nominations to give us some personal perspective. He posted an introduction to racial tensions in Los Angeles following the news of brawls between Mexican and African American students at Jefferson High School.
I always find it surprising how very few people know about the significant amount of racial tension that exists in LA. I guess after having lived there most of my life and knowing that everybody around me is aware of it, you just assume other people know as well.
His post (and the ensuing discussion) is worthwhile to read just to gain an understanding of an often misrepresented sub-culture in LA.