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Hate Thy NeighborMove-In Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing$
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Jeannine Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791448

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791448.001.0001

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Explaining Perpetrator Motivation in Interethnic Cases

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Hate Thy Neighbor

Jeannine Bell

NYU Press

This chapter highlights acts of anti-integrationist violence in Los Angeles to explain the roles of geography and neighborhood dominance in the construction of localized racial hierarchies. These violent acts involve crimes committed by Latinos against African Americans in Los Angeles. “Latinos,” and nothing more specific, is how the perpetrators are described in court cases, human rights organizations' materials, and press accounts. This is slightly problematic because the term “Latino” is a catchall phrase that encompasses people of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, and South and Central American descent. This generic lumping under the term “Latino” of individuals from different countries with different national histories does not do justice to the complex relationship that Latinos from different regions have with African Americans.

Keywords:   anti-integrationist violence, Los Angeles, Latinos, human rights organizations, African Americans

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