Last Friday Night, my friends and I wandered around the campus area looking for the Pink House at 23rd & Hoover. We didn’t know the exact address, so we accidentally wandered into the house across the street, where there was also a party going on. I thought it was a bit odd that they had security at the door checking student IDs… but safety is important, right? Though I did notice that the guards were okay with my (white female) friend entering without her student ID but denied someone else (a black male) who said he was a student as well. We stuck around there because it was an incredibly fun party and ultimately ended up walking across the street after figuring out where the Pink House was. After a while we were pretty tired, so the three of us sat outside on the curb waiting for Campus Cruiser to come pick us up as we live pretty far from the area. I think it was around 2 am at the time.
While we were standing outside, I noticed someone throwing up in the Pink House lawn. People standing around outside with open drinks. “This would only be okay on a college campus,” I thought to myself. I looked back across the street at the party we had previously gone to, but I couldn’t see anything inside because the fence around the house blocked everything. Out of nowhere, I saw an LAPD car pull up and slowly drive past the house, shining its blaring light into the fence. I wondered why they were more focused on what was going on behind that party’s fence when they could clearly see students drinking at the Pink House, but I dismissed it. My friend even pointed out that they seemed to not care about what was going on at the Pink House. Since Campus Cruiser was taking a while, we continued sitting on the curb and watching — for lack of better words — shit going down.
The car had stopped in the middle of 23rd street and the police were getting out. At this point the music at the house had turned off and it looked like people were leaving. The Pink House party was still going strong, meanwhile, and I later found out that a call had been put in on both houses; despite this fact, LAPD never intervened at the Pink House.
As I sat on the curb, I watched more and more police cars arrive. The students weren’t doing anything; they were leaving their party. They were being targeted for exercising their right to assemble. I know about LAPD’s history. I’m actually taking a class right now on Race and Class in Los Angeles, and we’d discussed how LAPD underwent serious internal reform after the Rampart scandal. But did it really accomplish anything? Many of my fellow students overlooked the events that went down a few weeks ago, wherein LAPD performed a similar raid on a party that was predominantly composed of black students.
There’s a word for this… I can’t quite remember what it is… is it… uh…
R A C I S M .
Top->Montgomery-Selma March 1965
Bottom->USC 2013 #uschangemovement
VERY POWERFUL IMAGERY. Above we have Alabama officers in the 1960s and below we have USC on May 3rd 2013. #USChangeMovement