There’s an interesting dynamic of the racial tension on the West Coast between Blacks and Mexicans. For those unfamiliar or unaware of the history between these powerful cultures, be advised that it’s not an issue to be taken lightly.
There have been many concerns throughout the Long Beach community that African Americans are being targeted by Mexican gangs in Long Beach. After discussing these concerns with active black and mexican gang members, a conclusion has been drawn. In my own opinion, there has to be a deeper level of respect established for the history and culture of both races as we share the same neighborhoods. Not to mention, there needs to be constructive dialogue between leaders as we continue to grow and thrive as a community. Not only should community leaders have this dialogue, but your average everyday residents and neighbors should also have this dialogue on a daily basis. http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Perspectives_1/blacks_and_mexicans_101472.shtml
The deep rooted love and respect for eachother is there when you look at the youth in Long Beach as music, art, and entertainment has always been the back drop since Snoop Dogg put the beach on the map. Not to mention the up and coming artist that continue to brand the city by the beach.
As Long Beach continues to grow economically, crime rates have dropped, the streets are being renewed, and the city just revamped its website at http://www.longbeach.gov. So much progress is being made, now it’s time the city embraces it.http://www.longbeach.gov