SandyC877 wrote:Now you accuse Swollen for racism. That's a terrible way to argue. I think you should forget about it. Chances are, you probably won't be attending USC/UCLA anyway.
Let's see what Swollen said:
SwollenMonkey wrote:In LA, you will face homeless people that stink, are high, are dangerous, or just plain mentally disturbed. You will face gangs, crime, and a large Hispanic population that does not give a rat's ass about you and your legal ambitions.
This idiot SwollenMonkey was not claiming that the gangs are composed mostly of African-Americans and Hispanics. He was claiming that gangs AND the Hispanic population present a major problem, because the "Hispanic population" doesn't give a rat's ass about you.
Yes, that is xenophobic and racist. And let's not get into his ridiculous maps about "where Biggie was shot" -- which by the way wasn't even accurate.
Swollen's stupid claim that Westwood is not part of the city of Los Angeles further demonstrates his ignorance. Hollywood is also part of LA even if people claim their neighborhood first. Same goes for the Valley.
SandyC877 wrote:All you have is your ambiguous claims about "not that bad." I just showed you statistics on air pollution and gang zones defined by LAPD. I also showed you a map regarding how close USC is to South Central.
I've never stated that the neighborhoods near USC are paradise. This is a big city -- there are criminals. The same goes for New York City, Boston, Chicago. But the city is MUCH safer than it was 10 or 20 years ago. Swollen made it sound like people are regularly getting shot in drive-bys and burned alive on the street, which is ridiculous. He's been watching Menace II Society too many times.
From LA Times
two months ago:
Crime in Los Angeles County dropped again in 2009 despite rising unemployment and the bad economy, continuing a slide that has pushed homicides to levels not seen since the 1960s.
Killings dropped about 17% in Los Angeles and by nearly a quarter in areas patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Together, the agencies investigated about 500 killings through Sunday -- a sharp drop in bloodshed compared with the more than 1,500 in 1992, the year of the Los Angeles riots.
...The totals are a fraction of the killings that occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the county had roughly a million fewer residents, but its urban core was in the grip of a crack cocaine epidemic and gang violence. Another prime marker of violence, the number of gunshots fired, was also down.
LA is a wonderful city. Like any city, it is not perfect. But these extreme negative views by Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum deserve some pushback. I'd expect any TLSer writing about roving gangs near NYU, as if we still lived in the era of "The Warriors", would also deserve pushback.