Yorba Linda Drives Black Family Out to Land of More Gracious Living: Corona


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Yorba Lindans should be ashamed.

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bjdurie
bjdurie

Oh Well Too bad! Inglewood Department is racist. Reply to my complaint letter!!!Bad things happen to people who do bad things. Especially if you work for them!!

rafeh
rafeh

When some people ask me where i am from I have a stock answer.

"I am from the planet earth. In fact my entire family on both my mother and father's sides were all from the planet earth:"


And then a follow up question

"And what planet are you from?"

proudblackinYL
proudblackinYL

My father who lives in LA called me regarding this story because he was concerned about my safety. I honestly hadn't heard about any of this until then. I am clearly dumb founded, not about the story itself (which makes me sad) but to the responses I have seen. On this day of Thanksgiving - I a black citizen am thankful for so many things, but for better or worse, the right to live in this country. I have the right (albeit hard fought for right) to live where I choose to live, work, worship (or not) and vote in any manner I see fit. I have lived in Yorba Linda for almost 10 years, and in OC for about 20. I love the OC (much to a lot of my friends and family dismay). I cannot say why I love it here I just do and this is my home. With that being said, I am not going to sit here and paint a rosy picture of OC - that it is better than any other county in California. I have lived other places, and here I have been the victim of some crime, some of it racially motivated some of it not, some it of it I cannot say either way (I didn't have the opportunity to ask the perpetrator why??? Not that it mattered.) In my neighborhood over the past 5 years, The police have had to respond to calls at least 5x, their was actually a SWAT raid on my street several years back. Their is a known drug house in the area that the police are constantly monitoring. Their have been some sexual assaults, and I don't know if anyone has check the child predator website to locate predators in your particular area but you may be SHOCKED at the number of sex offenders that live close to you. What I am trying state is that if anyone thinks Yorba Linda is the Utopia you think it is - you are delusional!!!!! But we have many good things in this community. Personal experience - during the last really bad earthquake, my neighbor, who has lived next to me for 2 year, and during that time have never said more than a few pleasantries, ran next door to make sure me and my family were safe. That is just one example but that is what the majority of our community is. Good people, trying to help other good people make a home for themselves. The point i am trying to make is that I agree it is not fair to condemn the entire Community for a few "bad apples". But what truly amazes me is that people seem to think that in this "modern" society that racism has gone away, and are SHOCKED when there are incidences like the one we are discussing, contradict that belief. The truth is racism has never gone away. NEVER. People who hated other people based on their race still hate those same people, will still blame those people for their misfortune. Human nature is human nature. What HAS happened, is that it has been swept under the rug. Society now frowns upon this thinking, and political correctness to the extreme has taken hold. People don't speak as freely as they once did "back in the day" - but the feelings haven't changed. In a lot cases, racism is inherited. Parents talk about a certain race in a negative way, and children pick up on it - and I'm not just talking about white people. This occurs in every race - since the beginning of time I think. We never really hear about it unless they act out in some cowardly fashion - for example what happened with this family that moved and the news media reports on it. Here's the thing, people have a right to believe what they want to believe - no matter how archaic or ignorant their beliefs are (as expressed in some of the comments on this blog). People do have a RESPONSIBILITY to treat everyone with RESPECT - no matter their race, political affiliation, sexual orientation, religion, on and on, etc... If you don't like someone just don't associate with them. If they move to a neighborhood you live in and you don't like it - MOVE. There are plenty of other places to live. Leave them alone and I assure you they will leave you alone. It is unrealistic to teach our children that everyone is going to like them and you HAVE to like everyone - its not realistic, and you are setting them up for issues later. You should teach them, however, that they SHOULD treat others based on their character, and nothing else. In reference to the increase in hate crimes, and I think crimes in general is that our economy is bad, our future is uncertain, and people are acting out because they are afraid - rationally or irrationally. Do I think this family is exaggerating their experience? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Do I believe they believe they were racially targeted - yes and I support them for taking the steps to protect their family. No one should criticize them talking steps to protect themselves and their children, wether they are law enforcement or not. BUT I am not sure there is enough information from this article to support that the attacks were racially motivated. Even if they were racially targeted, it DOES NOT mean the entire City of Yorba Linda had it in for this family. Anyway, that being said. I hope EVERYONE has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving with their friends and loved ones where ever they are.

caitfiore
caitfiore

I was born and raised in Yorba Linda.   I moved to Long Beach for college and then moved back to the YL to be in a safer neighborhood after I found a straight razor blade hidden in the wood chips at the bottom of a slide.  Also after discovering drugs were being dealt by a neighbor 4 houses down.  This is the greatest place to raise our 3 children.  I volunteer in their classrooms at school.  I attend church and I coach soccer here. I know many families and teachers here.  The community is supportive and generous. 

Are you all aware of the fire that happened in YL on November 15th in 2008?  The city rallied together and supported all the families that lost homes.  The said elementary school in this article collected things for the students in need...and believe the fire knew no race and it wasnt just white families that lost homes.  This article is appalling to me.  Im disappointed that people can just read this and think that all of Yorba Linda was apart of this families need to leave.  I agree with another post that the reason Yorba Linda is mainly white is due to income.  Would you believe that we have gay couples that live here?  We have it all and Im not naive enough to believe that racism does not exist here but I refuse to allow Mr Matthew Coker to label us all as hate filled and as an awful community.  I dont feel ashamed of my city.  I feel sadness for that family.  But I sure think there is more to this story than that is reported.   

iirish
iirish

I have lived in Yora Linda for a while now. I am a white amreican who lived in Anaheim for 12 years. In those 12 years my neighborhood was primarially white older people. As some of these people passed a lot of minorities moved in. Once that happened the values dropped adn so did the look of the whole neighborhood. crime out the window.  A few examples were 3 houses away drive by shooting, 10 houses down rape of elderly woman, 15 houses down a 13 year old boy shot to death in his house and to top it off my neighbor next door decided to put a hammer into the head of my guest adn attacked me.

So i packed up adn went to a less violent area...yorba linda. Yes it happens to be made up of mostly white people. and guess what? no crime......see the trend? I enjoy being around my race of people and I pay to do so.  I thank Yorba Linda for standing up and adopting the Arizona law. its about time we stop letting people of anty race into our country, especially since they dont support the system our country is built on.

i dont judge anyone by skin color.....I let the personality of the person help me decide if I will embrace them. But (just speaking on personal experiences) why does it always seem the minorities always give us a reason not to trust or want to live around them. before you call me a rasist look into the satatistics of our jail inmates adn the break down into races.

All races have gone through their share of resistance or rasism. IT just seems the blacks will never get over the chip on their shoulder. my family comes from Ireland so we never had slaves....we were treated equil to blacks in the east coast for years. we got over it adn got on. its time for them to get on the good road and quit thinking everyone is a rasist. Rasism is alive adn the reasoon it is is due to blacks not getting on with their lives adn always fallig back on rasism instead of getting it together.....i mean come on 500 years......GET OVER IT and get on with life.

 

Did anyone ask what brought all this on to the family? We all know cops are the biggest gang and todays time they are jsut as bad as criminals. i say this in fact as kids in my old area would buy drugs from the three cops in the neighborhood. and as a matter of fact it still goes on today. So them being in law enforcement would create a lot of enemies...just due to their line of work. Did their older son have a chip on his shoulder and cause the normal problems with other people in his class?  They might have brought all this on themselvs.....all the incidents the family stated is just way too hard for me to believe. I have never seen anytype of issues adn I have 2 black families on my street. rocks through windows, acid pellets, shouting Nigger at their oldest????? come on someone really hated them for something they must have done.  and those incidents they described sounds like kids....maybe kids their boy caused issues with. If it were a real hate group the damage would be severe and more adult like crimes would be commited. And these were two people working for the police department....and they could figure out how to catch someone vandalizing their property? must not be very good cops ....right?

Coming from an immigrant family myself I have no duty to pay to the blacks. We never owned one nor took part in slavery at all so I owe nothing to the blacks.

Yorba linda is not all rasist....there jsut happens to be a lot of people that are tired of watching other cities turing into ghettos.  If you are a minority moving into the city ....act like you want to be treated...follow THIS countries way of living and you'll be ok. come up here trying to turn this into the ghetto......we'll send you packing. keep yorba linda crime free. so keep the property values up adn we will succeed

extensor1
extensor1

It is nice to see the Yorba Linda Klan reporting for duty in these comments.

carlashworth
carlashworth

How very noble of Rusty Kennedy and his commission to offer an apology to this family on behalf of the residents of Yorba Linda. If not for wonderful agencies like Rusty Kennedy's commission , Orange County only would have the ugly, lilly-white faces spewing racism.

Speaking of ugly, faces, Kelly Thomas's face did not look so pretty after a multi-culturally diverse Fullerton Police department bashed it in until poor Kelly drowned in his own blood. 

Obviously, the Fullerton PD did not love Kelly thomas because they beat him to death. His crime? He was a homeless, schizophrenic, malnourished man whose presence ruined the ambience of downtown Fullerton's boozeries.

Contradicting Rusty Kennedy's mission in life to eradicate hate crimes, Rusty did not label the Fullerton PD's murder of Kelly thomas as a hate crime.

Kelly Thomas was disabled by his mental illness and murdered by law enforcement for it. This fact meets federal criteria for "hate crimes" .

Where Rusty Kennedy is quick to defend the family in Yorba Linda, he has never accused his hometown's police force the fullerton PD of abusing the civil rights of Fullerton's community though there are numerous incidents of molestation of female detainees, perjury, false arrest, suspicious jail suicide;all deftly handled by quick legal settlements to the victims.

Also a member of Rusty Kennedy's Orange County Human Relations Commission; Fullerton Police Chief Pat McKinley.

It is a smart move to curry favor with law enforcement because cities in Orange County financially support Rusty Kennedy's commission and recommend to Orange County Board of Supervisors to continue funding this same commission.

It is a smart move on Rusty Kennedy's part  to seek publicity by publically offering an apology to this African-American family.

It is a smart move on Rusty Kennedy's part not to bite the law enforcement hands that feed him his Orange County Human Relations salary.After  grandstanding the unfortunate racial harrassment of this family in Yorba Linda, Rusty Kennedy will return to his job as waterboy for OC's law enforcement.

I doubt an apology coming from Rusty Kennedy and his commission carries much water for anyone .

 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

""We're going to [place] more of those little Negro bastards on the welfare rolls at $2,400 a family. . . . I have the greatest affection for them, but I know they're not going to make it for 500 years"-"

 

And just think -- when Nixon said that only 30 percent of black children were born out of wedlock (in a less sensitive time, literally 'bastards'), now it is 70+%. Looks like Dick was right.

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@delwilliams Gracias for rt!

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@marthahennigan Gracias for rt!

mrrob
mrrob

It seems as wrong to stereotype all the people of a given city based on the actions of a few  individuals as it is to stereotype and entire race based on the action of a few individuals.  Especially when they're 6 years old or some unknown random passers by in a vehicle.  How do you even know the people in that vehicle reside in Yorba Linda? You present no evidence that the vandalism was related to racism in any way...only that the kids had unkind things said to them.  Are you not concerned at all that you're labeling an entire city as racist and actually convincing people that it's a fact based on an anonymous letter from one unhappy family?

 

It's great that you can spin up a controversial story out of a few vague scraps of paper, but you're doing it at expense of the reputation of many good people.  I think you owe the people in this town an apology and you should maybe do some real investigating when you write a story so you're not merely tossing around rumors and bigoted hate yourself.  I take personal offense to this article as a resident in this town, and I consider myself quite tolerant of others as I'm sure many here are.  Blame those responsible for the individual acts, not the entire town as a whole.

Burns
Burns

Given the incidents that are described, with law enforcement members on the receiving end, I expect there is corroborating police reports to substantiate this story. I look forward to reading the follow up article with facts in evidence. Thank you.

BobSqualonero
BobSqualonero

I live in the OC (Laguna Hills), but I substitute teach in Riversided County, for the Corona-Norco USD.

Corona & Norco are nice towns, and I wish that family well as they re-start their lives in Corona.

How sad and very shameful that Yorba Lindans would do such a thing--and to a law enforcement family--and not feel ashamed of it.  However, given the OC's racist past, this, unfortunately, is not surprising.

miller9
miller9

Every family deserves to live where they want to in peace. The people of Yorba Linda who drove out this black family are racist cowards. I'm baffled by the people who try to defend this heinous acts. No wonder this town is the home of disgraced Pres. Nixon's crappy museum.

mrrob
mrrob

I've lived in YL for 30 years now.  It's set apart from cities like Inglewood by income, not by race.  Much like any city...we have some stupid people..and in every flavor of nationality.  Yes, if you're playing a numbers game...most of the stupid people in YL are white...but lets not be racist.  Lets not assume that if a crime happens in YL to a black person that its part of a larger anti black conspiracy perpetrated by the white establishment.  Crimes do happen here...albiet less than in Inglewood, and they happen in most cases regardless of racial backgrounds.

 

The idea that because he's black...a rock thrown through is window must surely have been thrown by a neo nazi or klan member is pretty racist in itself.  You're singling him out..because of his race..and making it sound as if the rest of the community is in perfect noncriminal harmony while only black people experience property damage and hate.

 

Did he move here thinking that a predominately white neighborhood would be the perfect place to raise his kids..well away from the carnage in Inglewood?  Did he think that nothing bad ever happens to anyone here?  And why, when it does..is he so quick to assume it's because of his color?  THAT'S SO RACIST.

 

I've had my windows broken..I've had my car egged..Yet I'm white....explain that.  How could it be?

LPHastings
LPHastings

SERIOUSLY?! What the hell is wrong with some people? 

geraldinekwright
geraldinekwright

It would be an honor to have you live in our neighborhood. I am so sorry this happened to you. Thank you for your service as peace officers, may you find just that in Corona.

 

Man_Utd
Man_Utd

Matt, were any of these incidents corroborated by the Brea PD? This sounds nothing like the YL I know.

montely_wilson
montely_wilson

@iirish When people like you are gone, blacks can get on with life. The story is clearly about racism and clearly that has struck a cord with you, and since you condone it with your faulty logic, you must be one of the culprits. Irish, well that would explain it. Ever hear of the 5 Points in New Year. Enough said!

tiby
tiby

who are you to tell some one how to treat yorba linda   you are dilusional

laxae1
laxae1

@iirish Learn how to spell...

fishslayer
fishslayer

 @iirish Sounds like kids, WTF!! Do you need a lynching and cross burning to make it an "adult crime"? you should've gotten an education in Anaheim and learned proper grammar and how to spell, it's "racist" not "rasist" you ignorant OC dweller!!

fishslayer
fishslayer

 @iirish Maybe you should've gotten an education in Anaheim and learn to spell. Just another ignorant racist F***!!!

shawnmiars
shawnmiars

 @iirish I am truly amazed, just based on your malicious wounding of the English language here. Do you have a god damn clue how to use punctuation? How about spelling? Did you manage to get yourself past a second grade level on that? I am glad you do not base your views on skin color, I share that value. However I do judge people on how they brutalize a fairly simple language to speak. 

veaseylover
veaseylover

 @iirish

 

You are a part of the problem. The dumbing down of America. Your greatest accopmplisment in life that you are white, and you didnt even do that.

veaseylover
veaseylover

 @Mitchell_Young

You are a part of the problem. The dumbing down of America. Your greatest accopmplisment in life that you are white, and you didnt even do that.

fishslayer
fishslayer

 @mrrob Even if this "anonymous letter" were indeed fiction, it sure has brought out the covert racist bigots hiding out in the YL!!!

 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @miller9 I don't think anyone is defending these alleged acts, I think people are calling for actual evidence. Websearch for 'race hoax' if you don't believe the some black people will make up persecution. 

veaseylover
veaseylover

@mrrob

You are a part of the problem. The dumbing down of America. Your greatest accopmplisment in life that you are white, and you didnt even do that.

 

oedalis
oedalis

 @mrrob You are kidding right? You must be, because the harassment described clearly encompassed racist remarks. Open your eyes.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@LPHastings It's Yorba, kid...

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

 @Man_Utd As law enforcement themselves, I would imagine the couple called police for some of this stuff. But I honestly don't know for sure that they did. I know a family who went through something similar in San Bernardino, including a cross burned on their lawn. But that was in like 1970.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @fishslayer  @iirish iirish is perfectly correct. A lot of older people, like my parents, actually moved to Orange County because they were effectively ethnically cleansed out of LA by the black riots of the late 1960s. Likewise, whites have been pushed out of much of flatland OC by the influx of  Mexicans and their increased crime rates and decreased the quality of schools etc.

miller9
miller9

 @Mitchell_Young  When people falsely claim to be attacked, they want attention. This family has been steadfastly anonymous. They are law enforcement professionals; they know the penalties for reporting false claims.

mrrob
mrrob

Are you saying that in no other city does anyone ever make a racist remark?  I've had people yell terrible things to me as I rode my bike down the street too.  I just didn't happen to be black so the N-bomb wasn't in the list of obscenities.  Like I said...we aren't exempt somehow from having stupid people in our midst.

 

This article is clearly making an assumption based on a few details and blocking the entire YL community into a racist bunch of rednecks.  It's simply not true.

 

The racist remarks and the criminal property damage sound as if they were separate and unrelated events.  Simply because they're strewn together in a letter does not make for hate related crimes.

 

My eyes are open, and I've seen crime in YL against everyone..indiscriminately.  The fact is stupid people come in every color.  It's racist in itself to blame the entire white community in YL for the things a couple 6 year olds say or random vandalism simply on the basis that it happened to a black person.  There are many proud black citizens of Yorba Linda that manage to live here without crying about how all the white people hate them.  And yes I'm sure they have a bad day now and then..just like the rest of us.

 

Bad things happen to people that don't deserve it all the time...but let's not drum up some racial issue that really doesn't exist.  Am I saying no one in YL is racist?  No.  But the same can be said for every single city across the nation.

 

It's almost as if the intention of this article is to deter non whites from considering YL as their home..and as a longtime citizen of this town I find that disgusting.  Everyone is welcome here...if you can afford it  The claim that YL is a majority of racist hillbillies is a racist accusation in itself..and you should present alot more damning evidence of a racist conspiracy before you attempt to create one where it doesn't exist.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @GustavoArellano  @LPHastings Yeah, the last we heard from sleepy, mostly white Yorba was when that Quetzalcoatl emerged from that town to kill down-on-their-luck white men along the Santa Ana river trail.

Man_Utd
Man_Utd

 @GustavoArellano  That's unfair. Does your community have a Catholic church, a Lutheran church, a Methodist church, a Quaker church, a Baptist church, a Jewish synagogue, AND a Buddhist temple?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @MatthewTCoker  @Man_Utd That's why we love you guys at OC Weakly -- such tireless reporting.  Digging up facts, confirming accounts, checking sources...

 

Man_Utd
Man_Utd

 @MatthewTCoker What happened to the family is clearly awful but this article also seems to be missing a lot. Did you talk with the family's neighbors? How about officials at Travis Ranch School? The title of your story has labelled an entire community as racists but, honestly, did you even come to Yorba Linda to report on this story?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @miller9 I don't think there are penalties for a letter to the Orange County 'Human Relations Commission". Perhaps that is why we haven't yet seen any police reports. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Read the LA Times story, where the reporter at least went through the motions of getting the PD and Mayor's office comments.

 

(I'll cut Coker some slack, this is a blog not a hard news site, but still to report things as gospel truth and slur a whole city when all we have is some allegations from a family and a letter from a guy whose livelihood is predicated on scaring up 'racism', is pretty gullible.)

imshocked
imshocked

@oedalis @mrrob Did you know that if you go into a bathroom at midnight, turn off the lights, stare through the darkness at the mirror, and check your privilege 3 times, that a gaggle of "social justice bloggers" will come and drag your soul to a Tim Wise lecture that never ends!  It is true!!!! DO NOT TRY IT!!!!!!

mrrob
mrrob

The racist conspiracy part wasn't just in between the lines..it's the first line.  When I read a headline "Yorba Linda Drives Black Family Out " I take that to imply that the community as a whole had some part in this imaginary plan to drive this family away....despite the fact that many black families manage to live here and proudly call YL their home.  Yes that headline implies a racist conspiracy.

 

I hardly think it's appropriate to bring in a Richard Nixon quote from 40 years ago into the mix as if it has any relevance to the situation.  Contrary to popular belief....we YL citizens actually don't worship Nixon as a demigod.  So the horrible things he said in 1969 really don't have any bearing on this debate.

 

Also, I'm sorry if my privileged was showing and diverted your focus from the issue we were discussing and cause you to troll me.  YL is a high income community and that probably has more to do with our racial diversity than any other factor..including an imaginary racist citywide conspiracy.  Stay on topic.

 

 

oedalis
oedalis

 @mrrob Might want to check your privilege, it's showing. Also nice job reading all of that into the article. I guess I need to check my vision because I didn't read "racist hillbillies" or "racist conspiracy" between the lines anywhere.

Man_Utd
Man_Utd

 @GustavoArellano  Gustavo, rather than attack your readers why don't you do what a real editor does and do some fact-checking. Maybe there is a reason why people call you the Stephen Glass of alternative weeklies.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @GustavoArellano  @MatthewTCoker  @Man_Utd I don't know if you've been paying attention, Klavito, but at least in California, harassing blacks has become a 'job Americans won't do'.  See, for example, Varrio Hawaiian Gardens.

 

"Dozens arrested in crackdown on Latino gang accused of targeting blacks:Authorities charge 147 members"

 

LA Times, May 22, 2009.

 

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