An Incomplete, Embarrassing Timeline of Anti-Black Moments in Orange County

1919: Two black men try to board a stagecoach bound for Los Angeles, only to have passengers lock the door so they couldn't enter. The stagecoach's driver said they could only sit in the back; the black men beat up the driver, breaking his arm and leaving him with a 3-inch cut.

1925: African-American businessmen from Los Angeles try to open a beach club in Huntington Beach. The city refused to connect utilities to the club, while the Huntington Beach and Newport Beach chambers of commerce openly opposed it. The club never opened; it mysteriously burned down in 1926.

1941: Fullerton resident Neff Cox passes away. For 16 years, he had operated a bootblack business in Brea, but he had to leave every afternoon because the city didn't allow blacks there after sundown. U.S. Census figures showed Brea had two black residents in 1950, one in 1960 and only 40 as recently as 1970.

1945: Citrus growers import 500 Jamaicans to La Habra to fill a labor shortage. Within a week of their arrival, newspapers proclaim they were causing a "racial problem." A historian would later go on to write that "their numbers, appearance and manners were strange and frightening" to county residents. One laborer said there was "no place in the world as prejudiced as Orange County."

1946: The Fullerton Planning Commission considers a proposal to build a housing tract for returning African-American World War II veterans. Residents sign a petition opposing the proposal because the tract "would depreciate the value of the surrounding property, and they did not want Negroes . . . in the neighborhood."

1963: Tustin Congressman James Utt warns readers in a newsletter that the United Nations was training "a contingent of barefoot Africans" in Georgia to invade the United States.

1967: A Chapman College fraternity holds a slave auction. A sample headline from the Santa Ana Register that summer reads, "Negroes Threaten Bakeries." And the Supreme Court rules in Reitman v. Mulkey that landlords could not discriminate against renters based on race. The case originated in Santa Ana, where a landlord wouldn't rent to an African-American military couple.

1969: More than 400 Mexican and black youths riot in Santa Ana after a black girl was kicked out of a theater. She had complained after a white teen yelled, "Why don't you black niggers keep quiet?" Teens threw bottles and bricks at police, set fires, and even took batons away from officers and beat them with the sticks.

1971: Richard Nixon on blacks: "I have the greatest affection for them, but I know they're not going to make it for 500 years. They aren't. You know it, too. The Mexicans are a different cup of tea. . . . They don't live like a bunch of dogs, which the Negroes do live like." Also that year, the Orange County Board of Education deletes a biography of Martin Luther King Jr. from its purchase list, claiming he was a "conscious supporter of Communism."

1987: Posters for a talent show at Cal State Fullerton depict a minstrel. A university official tells the Daily Titan it was "done innocently and not meant to offend anybody. We never knew any racial slurs associated" with blackface.

1988: Two UC Irvine fraternities, Kappa Sigma and Phi Delta Theta, and a sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, perform in blackface during a Greek Week skit. Mega-developer William Lyon holds a Gone With the Wind-themed fund-raiser at his Coto de Caza estate, at which a fellow developer wore blackface. And six cheerleaders and the student body president at El Modena High perform in blackface during a pep rally. Their excuse? They were Stevie Wonder and the Jackson Five.

1980s-1990s: Orange County jail guards form the "Psycho Crew" to harass and beat African-American inmates, leading to a federal civil-rights lawsuit and an injunction.

1989: The Cal State Fullerton chapters of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity apologize after an Aunt Jemima Greek Week skit gone wrong. The co-chairperson of Greek Week denies the event was racist because "there were no Afros" under the do-rags.

1990: Days after Nelson Mandela addresses Congress, Fullerton Congressman William Dannemeyer rails from the House of Representatives floor that the South African leader "is no Martin Luther King. He is more like H. Rap Brown or Willie Horton." Also: Students stage a walkout at Savanna High School in Anaheim after the principal decides to phase out the school's use of the Confederate flag (Savanna's teams are the Rebels). One of the organizers tells The Orange County Register that the school's Black Student Union "gripe[s] about little things."

1993: Two African-American students at Saddleback College running for homecoming king and queen abandon their efforts after receiving hate mail. After a town-hall meeting to address the issue, the president of the Black Student Union finds a racist note under his car's windshield wiper.

1994: OC Register letter to the editor: "Black Americans [should] be grateful for the fact that their ancestors were rescued from the horrors of African tribal warfare [and were] brought here by our Southern states, albeit as slaves."

1995: Laguna Niguel City Councilman Eddie Rose writes a letter on city stationary to newspapers arguing that O.J. Simpson was acquitted because the jury wanted to "let a 'brother' go free" and was swayed by the "jive-talking" Johnnie Cochran. Earlier in the year, he voted against a resolution praising Martin Luther King Jr., arguing he had a "dubious background."

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logicman
logicman

This white guilt shit is getting old.  Can we move on yet?  Please take note from Asians, they seem to have figured it out.  

elvagotrago
elvagotrago

No mention of the well documented ethnic cleansing of blacks by Mexican and Central American gang members?  I guess someone in blackface is way more hurtfull than coordinated assaults.  Bad white people, bad!

lisaleeschaefer
lisaleeschaefer

I'm not black, and am horribly offended.  We've got to stop these affronts to liberty and social justice.  Every person deserves the opportunities afforded the community and respect from their neighbors.  We've got to love one another and reach out to people who are "different" than us.  We need people to bridge the gap and treat each other with decency and compassion.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Wow and to think that people think that the deep south was racist!  How did SoCal manage to avoid the Voting Rights Act reviews?

WilliamWallace
WilliamWallace

"Two African-American students at Saddleback College running for homecoming king and queen abandon their efforts after receiving hate mail. "

Two European-Americans touring Detroit abandon their efforts after they are killed. 

Plenty of places in America that are now "Black Only". 

"White Only" is illegal.

Why is that? Do you think? 

WilliamWallace
WilliamWallace

"... a sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, perform in blackface... ...They were Stevie Wonder and the Jackson Five."

Michael Jackson performed in whiteface for decades.

That dirty racist! I'm SO offended. How dare he??? 

WilliamWallace
WilliamWallace

"Richard Nixon on blacks: '...I know they're not going to make it for 500 years.'"

Tricky Dick was a slimeball, but nobody ever said he wasn't a sharp cookie. 

WilliamWallace
WilliamWallace

"...a black girl was kicked out of a theater... after a white teen yelled, 'Why don't you black niggers keep quiet?'"

The same problem exists today. Blacks don't seem to realize that the shapes and colors moving around on the big, bright screen at the front of the theater is the reason people buy tickets. So they attempt to amuse themselves. The result is that, you can't hear the dialog; a major reason why I no longer go to theaters. 

WilliamWallace
WilliamWallace

" the black men beat up the driver, breaking his arm and leaving him with a 3-inch cut."

Which sort of explains why they weren't welcome in the first place. 

Slowly, slowly, White people are waking up. 

Will it be in time?

ExOCResident
ExOCResident

Let's see.  Everywhere - and I mean everywhere - blacks move in, the area they move into magically becomes uninhabitable within a few generations.  Sometimes it doesn't even take that long.  The best environments for blacks (and whites, and hispanics and asians) are the environments where they are a very small minority, since the most likely killer of a black is another black.

Sorry, not feeling much in the way of white guilt today.  Try again later?

jacknoffallday
jacknoffallday

How about some of examples of anti-white behavior by blacks? Not sure about California but it's practically an epidemic elsewhere.

yeah_right.....
yeah_right.....

Funny, was at a reception just last week behind the Orange Curtain that was at least 95% black. I don't know how they were able to have such a great time in oppressive Orange County . Somehow they muddled through. My boss is a black man who oversees a staff of roughly 65. I wonder how he was able to get to this position in a county that keeps the black man down. Perseverance I suppose. A close friend of ours who just so happens to be a black women had a lovely engagement party last night. I guess she did not get the memo about Orange County's treatment of blacks. I will make sure she is enlightened by the powerful read of this article so that she can get out of here asap. 

How did this opinion piece make it to print? Seriously, who in charge gave the green light to such dribble? The only embarrassment should be to the writer in question and the powers that be who let this article run. If Gustavo has some sort of guilt over his own treatment of blacks then maybe he ought to seek some sort of private therapy for himself as opposed to including all of Orange County with his own personal guilt or gripe about the treatment of blacks. 

fretsward
fretsward

Here's another comment you can delete:

This is the absurdity of convivial perfunctory synopsis. Pretty ridiculous, even for your low standards.

I, like you, am a carbon-based life form. I'm sudoriferous sometimes when I get the chance to walk upright. I've studied psychokinesis; I'm a pilot; and I've held my nose as I peruse your adolescent trite.

Currently, I'm on a planet in the Milky Way Galaxy called Earth, rotating at 1,000 mph that circles the Sun. 

I really like it here. I spend the most of my time on a crust of silicates, with tremendous amounts of oxygen.

It's about 70% water, like myself. I share the remaining 30% with six billion others, each has a 70% water body of their own, okay, some more than others. 

All of us, like Earth, are composed of tiny particles which, upon examination, appear to have no solidity, but rather are pure energy. 

Relative to the standard, it all is moving at 43,000 mph towards the bright star Vega in the constellation of Lyra. 

If you were to flense any of the sacred cows with 70% water bodies, slice away the fat and gristle of tired apologetics, race-based pap and mindless traditions, you would expose the hollow carcass of your own stupefying hypocrisy and racial amnesia. 

With you, I expect the expected. I'd suggest you read the book: Bagpipes, The Sound Of Cheese And What Evolution Can Teach Us About Cowardice... 


madebutante
madebutante

Love the illustration, Luke McGarry! Haha!!

kristoffer3
kristoffer3

"Ask A Mexican" columnist tries his hand at some serious writing... swing and a miss. How deep into hearsay and far back in decades you go to try and scrape together a story. You actually use a 19 year old letter to the editor as supporting evidence. Don't quit your day job buddy. Leave the real journalism to the professionals.

Marc Morin-Lebel
Marc Morin-Lebel

When one considers how the KKK nearly dominated Anaheim back in the early part of the 20th century, it's no surprise it used to be called "Klanaheim".

Damien Blaise
Damien Blaise

"silliness"? really? more like disgusting ignorance

odgbar
odgbar

@WilliamWallace You were the sperm that made it.


That must drive your parents into a suicidal rage...

Justin_Khase
Justin_Khase

@ExOCResident: You and Willie shouldn't spend so much time together masturbating to pictures of Hitler.

sgbrown10
sgbrown10

@jacknoffallday seriously black state how often they hate whitey why they want to live near him??? whites just want to be left alone in peace that is all

 
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