MONDAY, APR 30, 2012

SE Data in the NY Times on Shifting LA Demographics 20 Years after the Riots


Twenty years after the Rodney King beating and Los Angeles riots, the city demographics have changed significantly.  In the New York Times article "In Years Since the Riots, a Changed Complexion in South Central," Jennifer Medina examines this shift.  The article and accompanying maps include Social Explorer data. When racially charged riots blazed here two decades ago, South Central became a national symbol of rage in a poor black neighborhood. But the population of the area has changed significantly in the time since the acquittal of white police officers in the Rodney King beating inflamed racial tensions across this city. Today, immigrants from Mexico and Central America live on blocks that generations ago were the only places African-Americans could live. In the former center of black culture in Los Angeles, Spanish is often the only language heard on the streets... In the 1990s, black residents made up roughly half the population in South Central. Today, Latinos account for about two-thirds of the residents in what is now called South Los Angeles — “Central” was officially scrubbed from the neighborhood’s name by the City Council in 2003. In the 20-some square miles that make up the area, stretching southwest of downtown from the Santa Monica Freeway to the Century Freeway and as far west as Inglewood, there are 80,000 fewer blacks than there were in 1990. Click here to read the rest of the article.
by Sydney Beveridge
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