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Black-Korean Conflicts, Bakewell, and Local Governments in Los Angeles

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2017, (66), pp.5-37
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.066.01
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : July 18, 2017
  • Accepted : July 28, 2017

Chanhaeng Lee 1

1용인대학교

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ABSTRACT

This essay examines the black-Korean conflicts in Los Angeles in the late 1980s and local governments’ responses to the ethnic tension. In Los Angeles, unlike New York City which also experienced conflicts between Korean Americans and African Americans, African Americans’ boycotts against Korean stores usually did not last long. This was because there had been since the late 1960s very few community organizations to sustain long-term boycotts. The demise of left and progressive political imagination in the late 1960s left a political vacuum in Los Angeles but this vacuum was filled by racial agitators like Danny Bakewell and black nationalist organizations. The black-Korean conflicts were more exacerbated by these agitators and nationalist organizations. However, this essay argues that local governments in Los Angeles were neither willing to resolve the conflicts nor prepared to mobilize resources.

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