Fragments of Reparation & Recognition in the Golden State

Photo: Aerial image of Bruce’s Beach park (highlighted in color), Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. Adapted from Google Earth, 2021. 

Fragments of Reparations & Recognition in the Golden State
By Ryan | anthro {dendum}
October 8, 2021

On September 30, California Governor Gavin Newsome signed Senate Bill 796 into law, which authorized the return of Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of the Black landowners who were dispossessed of the property in the early 20th century. Los Angeles Times reporter Rosanna Xia has covered this story as it has developed over the past year. Her reporting builds upon the work of historian Alison Rose Jefferson, whose book “Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites During the Jim Crow Era” devotes a chapter to the history of Bruce’s Beach. As Xia explains:

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