Profiles in OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Lucien Proud, La Habra Mayor/ School Trustee

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Recently on my Facebook page, one of my amigas--a proud White woman--chimed on my status and repeated the tired truism that Anaheim was THE hotbed of white supremacy in Orange County. Sigh...while the Klan did control the city during the 1920s and gets all the attention in the history books, the Klan's reach and power was much more nefarious and all-encompassing in the cities north of Klanaheim: Fullerton, Brea, and La Habra, places where Klan members openly pursued anti-minority measures (as opposed to Anaheim, which didn't start official discrimination until after the Klan lost its power). It's that trio (and good ol' SanTana) that had the majority of the Klan's members in Orange County, and where their legacies is most felt, Klanaheim be damned. And it's about time the history books get righted, no?

We've already had two pioneer Klan Fullertonians on this list, so time to show La Habra some love. Lucien E. Proud, come on down!

Lucien Proud Plaque outside La Habra City Hall

The above plaque tells most of Proud's story--one of the city's first mayors, a school trustee, and an all-around involved man in the community. Of course, much more illuminating is what's not on the plaque--that La Habra was an officially segregated city during Proud's years in political office, one where Mexicans had to live in run-down citrus camps and where the children attended Mexican-only schools, the type of town where a big-league player like Jesse Flores would only be allowed to live in the gabacho part of town if he played ethnic politics.

This legacy of racism was present at La Habra's beginning. I don't have the report in front of me right now, but more than a few of La Habra's first government officials were proud Kluckers even long after the Orange County Klan lost its cachet. They (Proud included) were the folks who created and enforced such racial realities, who set in motion La Habra's longstanding reputation as a backwards 'burb even to this day. We'll reveal those names later in this series, of course--stay tuned!

Tune in every Monday around 5 p.m. for the latest entry exposing Orange County city fathers who were Klan members!

Previous entries:

Albert Hetebrink, Fullerton rancher
Henry W. Head, Orange County godfather
Dr. Roy S. Horton and Marshall Keeler, Santa Ana Unified trustees
Sam Jernigan and Jesse Elliott, Orange County sheriffs
Herman Hiltscher, Fullerton bureacrat
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Norris
Norris

to john j. you're right, I am a loser because white supremacy has beaten me down. the history of white people oppressing people who have color is alive and thriving in the present

Avid Reader
Avid Reader

Hey Gustavo

When are you going to start your series on Mexican gangs and their effect on OC?

I'm just asking......

909Jeff
909Jeff

Never gonna happen Avid Reader... I urge you to go back and read all of these hit pieces Gustavo has written... I have taken him to task many a time and the result is generally the same... baseless accusations of being a racist. He has tried that with me in the past expet that he know that my immediate family is practicly the united nations, so, since he cant get away with calling me a racist he just tells people to ignore me.

But seriously read all of his stuff. you will see soon enough that he is a paper tiger... Or as I have proved time and time again a Charlatan who dances on the graves of the dead

Norris
Norris

Gustavo, anyone who doubts your research and conclusions are jealous fools. Those racist idiots don't realize or care that you are a full professor at CSU Fullerton. I mean you are an academic who researches the topic before you dare print your findings. These white racists try to white wash your findings by doubting the validity of your sources or by saying the KKK is a thing of the past. I live in the OC and have tried to find a job after being unfairly laid off from my job because I am not white and because I am not white, I can't find a job even though I have experience processing home loans. Those white racists should take a walk in my person of color shoes and see how far they can go in them, not very far just ask me. The KKK still wears it white hoods in the OC., We oppressed people of color are told by those stupid white racists that they don't exist exist in the OC, if these racists didn't control everything in the OC I would have a six figure salary from a great job, living in a big house in Coto de Caza and driving a beamer. Because the KKK controls my world, I'm unemployed, live at home with my parents and had to drop out of my classes at community college because I can't afford the tuition and this is because the white racists take our money and opportunity.

The guest that wouldn't leave
The guest that wouldn't leave

Norris, you are confusing racism with class warfare.I am white, but am earning less than I did 5 years ago, while doing more work that 5 years ago paid double what I am making now.

True, there is racism in OC, but the reason you are out of work is because the rich want to get richer, and they run our nation with that purpose in mind. Trickle-up economy.

norris
norris

class warfare is racism

John J.
John J.

Norris, Have you considered that perhaps the reason you failed at a job and school is because you are just a loser.

junior
junior

Historically, the local Klans were banging on white catholics much more than ethnic minorities.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

That'st the official story, and that's not entirely true...

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Do you have any proof other than Proud's name on a KKK member list? Did he pen any ordinances or vote for any measures that enacted or enforced segregation? Of course not.

Look at it this way. When I was a kid, my shooting buddies nudged me into joining the NRA for a year -- it doesn't mean I support legalized bazookas in every home or M-16's for every child.

Like your math teacher told in grade school....SHOW YOUR WORK. Otherwise, you're just copying answers from someone else.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Of course he did, and of course you do—but nice of you to be an apologist for the Klan, and to grace us with your inane logic anew!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Do you have any proof you can show us? Even a little for instance?

guest
guest

the whole country was like that back in those days. the klan was huge and all over the country in the 1920's. times change. get over it.

The guest that wouldn't leave
The guest that wouldn't leave

No, everyone was not like that... There were lots of white folks who did not like the Klan or their views.And, it was those white people who banded together to kick those Kluxers out of power... at great potential risk to their own well being.

If it was just the minorities that didn't like the Klan, does anyone really think anything would have ever changed?

Bill T.
Bill T.

Oh, well everyone was like that, so I guess that makes it OK. Actually it wasn't, this just illustrates your level of ignorance. Another appropriate quote: "Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt" - Abraham Lincoln(?).

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Billy T:

I prefer "Silence is the wit of fools".

Bill T.
Bill T.

Culichi, I believe that is just comment and not that you believe that my above was directed at you? I'm sure you understand that my point was that sr. Guest (!nombre tan unica!) apparently was intent on demonstrating his idiocy. Apologies for any confusion.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Guest: you are so right. and, as you have been taught by pat robertson and ilk, way back in time dinosaurs walked the earth next to man next to neanderthals like yourself.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Read last week's entry to realize how ahistorical and moronic your comment is!

Torg T. Robot
Torg T. Robot

Thanks, I went back and read the other articles. I also read through the comments and I'm amazed at the number of people who don't want this information brought up. Of course, I'm well aware of our recent and current racism problems here in Orange County, so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

Dan Wooldridge
Dan Wooldridge

Gustavo: Keep up the great work of uncovering the Klan's role in the OC. I was "taught" that anaheim was the centerpiece of OC Klansters, but you have already corrected that misconception. Great job.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Gracias! Keep tuning in for more exculpating of Klanaheim...

Norskibob
Norskibob

Those that want to live in the past history are losers! You can't do anything about it. Place your efforts to the future - that is what is needed. You study history - I'll make it!

Bill T.
Bill T.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana. Yah, the Nazis made history too, didn't they? Making history is easy, being a positive influence is a bit harder, being educated helps.

sr. Culichi, it's the no-nothings' penchant for remembering the bits that they like and ignoring those that they don't.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

typical asswipe you are, norskipendejo. learn from the past you fucken maggot to avoid similar results. but then again most right wingers tend to forget history. probably can't read or undestand analysis. just as dubya.

Den14fun
Den14fun

Must you be so ignorant. Can't you just say you agree or disagree without showing how uneducated you are?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Actually, Culichi has more education than you can ever hope to aspire and a job to match!

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