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COMPTON Compton is a southern Los Angeles city that is commonly known for and related to low class African Americans, street gangs, and high rates of crime. While this is the common perception, the neighborhood was surprisingly an all white neighborhood up until the 1970s. At this time, a large number of blacks began populate surrounding areas causing whites to feel threatened. The White population eventually fled the neighborhood once blacks began to integrate their “All American” community rather than attempt coexistence or risk a loss in property value. Compton remained one of the few middle to high-class Black communities in Los Angeles for a short period of time. Along with the fleeing White population went the economic base. Because Whites owned most of the businesses, their departure left the city deprived of a crucial tax base. In addition, Blacks lost most available job opportunities leading ultimately leading to the cities downfall. Despite a long tenure of a crime stricken, impoverished black community, Compton is currently home to large number of Los Angeles’ working/middle class Blacks and Latinos. This city is a perfect example of a racially restrictive covenant for Whites that was eventually integrated and subsequently “taken over” by non-whites. In addition, Compton helps explain “how a city works” ( from lecture notes) in respect to the most represented socioeconomic status within a specific group of people. This process is specifically shown through the fact that as whites gained more wealth while in Compton, they were able to move to more desirable areas
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This note was uploaded on 05/19/2010 for the course -2 20101 taught by Professor Georgesanchez during the Spring '10 term at USC.

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