Gordon A. Shanks, Seal Beach City Councilman, Loses the Compton Vote with Hair Salon Massacre Crack

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Seal Beach City Councilman Gordon A. Shanks shanked one, saying at a memorial service for hair salon massacre victims, "These things are not supposed to happen here. Maybe in Compton." Since then, the 76-year-old has acknowledged that his remark was out of place and "not nice." That was not enough for Shanks to avoid the wrath of the Compton-based National Association for Equal Justice in America.

"The city of Compton is a community of wonderful people who must deal with very harsh realities of life that most in your city could not imagine," writes Royce W. Esters, the nonprofit organization's president. "Not once in this city's history has anyone for any reason ever murdered eight people in a single act of violence."

Esters formed the association in 1997 "to eliminate racial discrimination and segregation, seek justice, education and opportunities for all minorities."

Compton had 24 homicides in 2010, the Los Angeles Times notes, while Seal Beach had one in the past five years before the Oct. 12 rampage.


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Kobe_mcclain
Kobe_mcclain

These types of remarks are made everyday. Made by average Joe's and occasionally by high profile figures like councilman Shank. "MODERN DAY RACISM". Orange County is the ultimate location with a vail for racism. 

Weknowitstrue
Weknowitstrue

He knew EXACTLY what he was saying. Seal Beach is home to a number of racists. It's just disguised as such a 'quaint' little town.

Guest
Guest

Should resign

Code37
Code37

Well mr Shanks, how about focusing on the folks who lost their lives, their families who lost their love ones, friends who lost friends, and the hundreds of folks now impacted by it. People like you feel good good about themselves when they make those comments, because thieir little people like you, you jerk.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"Compton had 24 homicides in 2010, the Los Angeles Times notes, while Seal Beach had one in the past five years before the Oct. 12 rampage."

So what's the number on a per capita basis including the most recent tragedy?

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