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Los Angeles commissions report calling for commemoration of 1992 Rodney King riots

The 166-page report by the mayor’s Civic Memory Working Group mentions several landmarks and sites in and around Los Angeles that symbolize ‘whiteness as a racial category and as a mark of privilege or elite status.’

The goal of the group is to ‘define the relationship between whiteness and civic memory’ in the nation’s second most populous city.

The report recommends that these areas be ‘recontextualized’ so as to remind the public of their impact on minorities, according to the authors.

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium, home of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, was built on the ruins of the Chavez Ravine neighborhood that was once home to generations of Mexican-American immigrants evicted from their land

Home of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger Stadium is considered controversial given that it was built on land that was once home to Chavez Ravine, a neighborhood made up of several generations of mostly Mexican-American immigrants.

After the Brooklyn Dodgers left the East Coast to relocate to Southern California, the city offered the team a sliver of land near downtown.

The city used eminent domain to remove residents, who violently resisted being evicted from their neighborhood.

Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Garden

Located in the San Marino section of Los Angeles, the century-old Huntington Library was founded by Henry E. Huntington, the nephew of railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington.

Henry E. Huntington was considered a ‘robber baron’ who amassed enormous wealth through real estate speculation.

He was also known as fiercely anti-union, calling them ‘un-American aliens,’ according to the Los Angeles Times.

Huntington hired detectives to spy on union organizers, fired workers who joined unions, and hired scabs – workers who refused to join unions, or returned to work during strikes.

In amassing his fortune, Huntington used Mexican laborers who were often paid less than whites.

The Huntington Museum is home to archives of medieval manuscripts, colonial documents, imperial maps, and papers linked to several US presidents, among them Abe Lincoln, according to the Times. 

Griffith Park

Griffith Park was founded by a Welsh industrialist who made his fortune mining in Mexico

Griffith Park was founded by a Welsh industrialist who made his fortune mining in Mexico

In December 1986, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith gifted the city of Los Angeles 3,015 acres of land that would become known as Griffith Park.

The area is known for its abundant hiking trails, golf courses, picnic areas, and park space. But in the 1950s and 60s it was also known for ongoing racial tensions.

The park had a merry-go-round that was only available for white people.

The park’s founder is considered controversial by some because he amassed his wealth in mining in Mexico.

Mulholland Memorial Fountain

The Mulholland Memorial Fountain is a water fountain located in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles.

It was built to honor William Mulholland, a civil engineer who is considered the father of the city’s water system.

Mulholland is considered a controversial figure because of his efforts to transport water from the Colorado River to Los Angeles in the early 1920s.

After overseeing the construction of the Los Angeles-Owens River Aqueduct, he began building several embankment dams.

One of them, the St. Francis dam, collapsed in March 1928, leading to the deaths of more than 400 people.

Interstate 10 (Santa Monica Freeway)

The Santa Monica Freeway was built in the early 1960s, bisecting the predominantly black neighborhood of Sugar Hill

The Santa Monica Freeway was built in the early 1960s, bisecting the predominantly black neighborhood of Sugar Hill

The Santa Monica Freeway, also known as Interstate 10, has been blamed for ‘disfiguring’ the predominantly black community of Sugar Hill.

The highway bisected Sugar Hill in 1963, resulting in several houses being bulldozed as several freeways were constructed to cater to the exclusively white suburbs at the time.      


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