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Josh Kun and Laura Pulido

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275591

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275591.001.0001

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Race, Real Estate, and the Mexican Mafia

Race, Real Estate, and the Mexican Mafia

A Report from the Black and Latino Killing Fields

(p.261) 10 Race, Real Estate, and the Mexican Mafia
Black and Brown in Los Angeles

Sam Quinones

University of California Press

This chapter examines gang life and drug economy in Los Angeles in the context of racism and racial attitudes. It tells the story of how Latino street gangs with connections to the Mexican Mafia became Southern California's leading perpetrators of hate crime by focusing on the murder of fourteen-year-old Cheryl Green in the Harbor Gateway on December 15, 2006. It follows the trail of gang violence all the way to the prisons to document the rise of the “Latino gang hate-criminals” who were instructed to kill African Americans. It shows that such orders were linked to major changes in the drug economy, real estate prices, and immigration, among other factors. It suggests that the crime and violence associated with Latino gangs can be traced all the way back to the 1970s, when Mexican immigrants began to find housing in predominately black areas. The chapter concludes by discussing some positive developments in Southern California, including the sentencing of Cheryl Green's killers, the decline in Latino-on-black violence, and the opening of the Cheryl Green Community Center in the Harbor Gateway.

Keywords:   drug economy, gang life, hate crime, Cheryl Green, gang violence, prisons, African Americans, immigration, Latino gangs, housing

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