Upsetting
Thursday, June 12, 2003
 
From the paper of record:

Last year Los Angeles led the nation in homicides, and it is estimated that over the past 20 years some 10,000 young people have been killed.

If this were happening just a few miles farther north and west — in the tonier neighborhoods closer to the Pacific shoreline, for example — it would be a national scandal. I take that back. It wouldn't be a national scandal. It wouldn't be permitted.

"How dangerous is it?" asked Timothy Watkins, who runs a program that provides a refuge from the streets for children in Watts. "When a child 7 years old can come out his front door to play and sees a dead body lying there, that's dangerous."
 
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