When Fullerton Residents Discriminated Against African-American and Latino Veterans Returning from World War II

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The institutional racism of Orange County knows no bounds, of course, but researcher Luis F. Fernández--the Cal State Fullerton grad who resurrected the Alex Bernal case from the dustbins of you-know-what--found a case that had even me shaking my head.

In 1946, the Fullerton Planning Commission had before it a proposal to build temporary housing for World War II veterans. Sounds patriotic enough, right? Spill your blood fighting Nazis and Japs, and the least your neighbor can do is welcome you back?

Not in Fullerton if you were Mexican or African-American.

According to May 8, 1946 planning commission minutes unearthed by Fernández, 35 Fullerton residents signed a petition demanding the city not build the veteran housing in their neighborhood. Six of those Know Nothings attended the meeting, and told the commission that the neighbors "objected on the grounds it would depreciate the value of the surrounding property and they did not want Negroes and Mexicans in the neighborhood."

Oh, joy! Thankfully, the planning commission approved the building, but Fernández has yet to find out if the council went ahead and authorized the construction of the housing--and what, if anything, racist Fullerton idiots did about it. Stay tuned...


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20ftJesus
20ftJesus

BTW, Breivik has been declared clinically insane according to news reports.

mitch young
mitch young

So if the actual institution rejected the petition, how is that 'institutional racism"? BTW if they were building *new* housing, the people living in them wouldn't be 'neighbors' they were welcoming black.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"objected on the grounds it would depreciate the value of the surrounding property and they did not want Negroes and Mexicans in the neighborhood."

This was typical of the period even through the 60's.  A neighbor came over to tell us not to sell to "blacks" because it would hurt home prices. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Well at least they used "proper terminology" for the time period.  I would have been opposed to it because as a Veteran myself I know what kind of beer swilling vagrants we can be... 

mitch young
mitch young

And there is evidence it would have. See, say, Detroit of Newark or Compton.I personally know of a neighborhood in an industrial mid-west city were two groups of white ethnics pretty much only sell to their owny, voluntarily.  It's kind of like in California today were Mexicans hire their own, but I digress. They advertise in the ethnic press, sell by word of mouth. The area remains a tranquil island of beige-ish white. The rest of the city, not so much.

prado4587
prado4587

Yeah, the Mexicans sure did bring down prices in Coto de Caza and other parts of Southern OC...

mitch young
mitch young

Not a lot of Mexicans in Coto de Caza -- at least not a lot who own homes there.

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