Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Sadly, we have seen too much hate violence in recent days, with Monterey Park a tragic example.
Unknown to many, if not most, Angelenos, the Chinese Massacre of 1871 occurred in what is now downtown Los Angeles. The event in brief: "In October 1871, a simmering, small-scale turf war involving three Chinese gangs exploded into a riot that engulfed the small but growing town of Los Angeles. A large mob of white Angelenos, spurred by racial resentment, rampaged through the city and lynched some 18 people before order was restored. In The Chinatown War, Scott Zesch offers a compelling account of this little-known event, which ranks among the worst hate crimes in American history."
The City of Los Angeles is commissioning a monument to the victims of the massacre and has selected six finalists to design the 1871 Chinese Massacre Memorial.