OC's African-American Problem: Gustavo's Latest "Orange County Line" for KCRW!

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Blackface merriment at UC Irvine
People who have read this infernal rag long enough know that I feel OC's most embarrassing fact of life is our embarrassingly low African-American community, and all the juvenile incidents that come with growing up sans blacks, whether it's offering fried chicken on MLK Day or having a 50% off black items sale for MLK Day or driving out a family of cops from Yorba Linda or putting on the ol' blackface. In fact, we're working on a special issue involving the subject--but before that, I did a commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9 as part of my ever-Monday "Orange County Line" commentary.


How much you wanna bet most of ustedes will fulfill my prophecy in the comments below? Enjoy!

Email: garellano@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @gustavoarellano. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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TylerDurden
TylerDurden

We could use a little more black people and and a little less Chinese people here in Irvine.  Chinese people are ruining the community vibe that once was Irvine.

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Thanks Gustavo! Indifference I would argue is more troublesome than just being bigoted/racism, at least they care enough to hate...

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

You can travel far and wide in the OC and not find the open hostility towards blacks in places like Compton by.....guess who......


why don't you tell us Gus

Andre Miller
Andre Miller

Being black in OC is a blessing and a curse. While I have made this my home and wouldn't want to raise my kids else were....I most certainly can say I've seen ignorance on both sides on the fence...white folks don't suck...I have some in my family who would do ABSOLUTELY anything(legal) for me..... as well as some cool ass, I mean really cool, white boys as friends.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

I don't think they're banned, Rick. I think they exercise their freedom of choice and choose not to live there. Not sure, though. White people do suck so maybe there is a secret ban.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Curious..... why would you choose to live in such a horrible place? And how can OC get away with banning black people from living there?

SickSnail
SickSnail

I heard there is one day per month where you cant find any white people on the streets of South OC because every last one of them is at some secret meeting in the Cleveland National Forest where they drink the blood of black babies and then after the blood is gone they burn them alive. Don't ask me how they are still alive. I just know its true because I heard it. That's why there arent many blacks in OC. Fact.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

" I feel OC's most embarrassing fact of life is our embarrassingly low African-American community, "

Maybe you ought to be embarrassed by your low level of command of the English language. That sentence makes it sound like the African-American community here is low (as in low-down). The word you're looking for is 'small'. 

Wendy Hughes-Jelen
Wendy Hughes-Jelen

I just moved here from Seattle and I find it amazing how un-diverse this area is. Well, I am in San Clemente so it may be worse than other parts of the county. I think some things that are interpreted as racist is out of ignorance and if more education was given to young people about all cultures not just the ones they are friends with, you wouldn't have the same level of problem. The vandalism there is no excuse for, however; that's wrong no matter what color anyone is.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Gracias for fulfilling Gustavo's stereotype!

Andre Miller
Andre Miller

There were plenty of times in high school where I was the only black kid in class. As a matter of fact, there was maybe 30 black kids in the whole school...not much has changed in 20 years.

melymellster
melymellster

You are so right!  At Laguna Beach High School earlier this year a student came to school on a KKK costume and everyone thought it was funny!  My daughter was outraged by this.  People are ignorant because they just don't get it.

SickSnail
SickSnail

@STOPTHERECONQUISTA I parked on the street near the Coliseum in a black neighborhood and was told to move it or I wouldn't like the condition my car would be in when I returned. It wasn't because I was a USC fan. The OC WEEKLY needs to quit acting like OC has a monopoly on racism.

sgbrown10
sgbrown10

hey nigger boy miller i am sure your white family in private speaks of the total shame of having you a black man in their family, and your oc neighbours would love to kick your black ass out before your presence destroys property values

sgbrown10
sgbrown10

@Andre Miller andre you say white 'boys' that is racist how come black 'men' cannot raise their children and instead abandon them. wow you have a white wife now your kids will be 1/2 human

sgbrown10
sgbrown10

@Andre Miller hey andre man why is EVERY black community a total shit hole ???please explain that ...oh yeah racism man holding use down get a JOB loser

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@melymellster Yeah, I hear that a well known -- priceless, really -- OC publication had one of their staff writers run all around the county in a Klan outfit. 

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