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It’s clear the folks out in Los Angeles do like to get down, so to speak, legitimate reasons or otherwise. So when hundreds of inebriated Laker fans decided to turn the area surrounding Staples Center into a warzone, it comes as no surprise, really.

lakerfans I mean, we’ve already seen this sort of thing before, whether or not the Lakers win. So when they emerged as victors in Orlando on Sunday, I suppose this was inevitable, right?

And if you look at the commentary on sites such as the L.A. Times, this sort of thing is absolutely inevitable, given the sort of antisocial behavior most people of Latino heritage display. Those brown-skinned Laker fans — who are probably illegal aliens anyway — they’re always at the center of these incidents. At least, that’s what many of their readers seem to think.

Well, given that Latinos make up approximately 47% of the population in Los Angeles, is there really any surprise that it’s Latinos that we’re seeing here? They make up the largest group of people in the city! And this is not to suggest that only Latinos were partaking in this nonsense, as there were plenty of other people out being idiots as well. I just want to point out that there’s a reason we see mostly Latino faces in these pictures — because it’s mostly Latinos who live in LA. looted

But what really bothers me is how quick these commenters were to point the finger at Latino Laker fans, assigning blame to them for all manner of maladies, not just what went down on Sunday evening. What’s even more troublesome is the implication that only unruly Latinos are capable of such ridiculousness. Of course, because this sort of thing could never happen in a more civilized place (i.e. a place with more white people) such as Philadelphia, or Boston. Those mild-mannered fans in New England; they’d never do the sort of thing that, heaven forbid, would jeopardize someone’s life, now would they?

It’s really odd to read the comments of anyone trying to imply that drunken hooliganism is somehow particular to one race of people/one particular west coast state/one particular city in California. It’s disturbing to read the comments of people who naively think this wouldn’t happen anywhere else, and is somehow endemic to Los Angeles. It’s terribly sad to read the comments of people who unintentionally reveal that they believe in some pretty unjustifiable beliefs. What happened Sunday evening had nothing to do with the Latino population, immigration, or anything other than pure stupidity.

This sort of incident is just plain sad, no matter how you dice it. Sure, just as LAPD Chief William Bratton said, “knuckleheads” are to blame for this sort of thing happening. This isn’t some sort of systemic issue taking place. People get drunk, people get stupid. It’s a theme that goes down everywhere, from the streets of Los Angeles, all the way to the cornfields of Iowa.

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2 Comments

  1. I don’t want to sound like an ignorant tool, but it isn’t a bunch of frat boys/yuppy types breaking down the glass at stores and looting at will, proud of their hooliganism and oblivious to everyone else.

    All for what? Just because their hometown team won a lousy championship.

    From what I see, even in other places in the US where there are more people, ‘in a more civilized place (i.e. a place with more white people),’ it will usually be the thugs, the street urchins, gangbangers from the ghetto, et al doing all the vandalism.

    It is a disgrace in general and for both sides of the argument, make those directly involved for what they did accountable.

    • Frat boys? It’s certainly possible, but I’d like to think anyone who goes to the effort of attending college in the first place would be smart enough not to riot and loot.

      I don’t think it’s fair to say these sorts of things are caused solely by thugs/gangbangers/etc. I get the feeling there are plenty of well off folks who would do this too, given the opportunity. I don’t think sports-related rioting has anything to do with poverty level. I think it’s simply a perfect storm of not only being incredibly stupid and brazen and having the opportunity to act out on such stupidity and brazenness.


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