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Wednesday, October 12, 2022 

Los Angeles city council's racist scandal

Once, there was a time when I wanted to visit LA, and see all the famous locations used around town for movie and TV filming. Today, with the way they're going in terms of allowing violent crime to flourish, I'm no longer interested, and the revelation they've got racists on their urban council is equally discouraging:
Angry residents demanded Tuesday that three Los Angeles City Council members resign over recorded racist comments, disrupting a meeting in which council member Mike Bonin gave an emotional speech defending his son, who was targeted in the conversation.

As Breitbart News noted Sunday, Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmember Kevin de Léon — the former President pro tem of the State Senate — apologized for their roles in the conversation, which consisted of Martinez launching racial tirades against Bonin, who is in a gay marriage, over his adopted black son. Councilmember Gil Cedillo and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera were also involved in a discussion that ranged widely over a number of other targets of racial ire.

Martinez has resigned as council president and taken a leave of absence; Herrera has stepped down from his post. De Léon, who celebrated his swearing-in as the state’s first Latino Senate leader in a lavish ceremony in 2014, faces growing calls to leave as well.
While it's not great to know Bonin's leading a homosexual marriage and likely not providing the adoptee with a mother figure in his life, that's no excuse for the racism that's taken place, targeting said adoptee. What it does indicate, however, is that even homophiles can be extreme racists.

The scandal's become much worse, with the revelation the racists on the council attacked Jews and Armenians (H/T: Breitbart):
In the recording reviewed by The Times, Martinez can be heard saying the “judíos” — which means Jews in Spanish — “cut their deal with South L.A.” [...]

“They [Jews] are gonna screw everybody else,” Martinez said in the recording.

[...] “He also wants his guy elected,” said Martinez, referring to [Councilmember Paul] Krekorian. “So he needs a district that Adrin Nazarian could win it. That’s what they want. They want to assure, they want to be reassured that they have, not an Armenian district in the Valley, because that doesn’t exist, but they want as many Armenians in that district as possible to be able to play.”
Needless to say, this too is repulsive. I have no desire to visit a metropolis where the racial divide is this bad. Much like NYC, LA's clearly also headed down the drain.

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