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South Los Angeles Stagnation

Each week, the editor’s of LA Progressive pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Joseph Maizlish, who commented on the article by Paul Ong, Silvia Gonzalez, and Lisa Hasegawa of the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, "“Why So Little Economic Progress in South L.A. Over the Past 50 Years?”"

The content of the article does not respond to the article’s title.

Here are some beginning suggestions:

Since all wealth comes from people and our environment, we could examine the ways in which it is extracted from the many. This system is hard at work supporting the imbalance between people and communities. (I do not say this is anyone’s conscious intention, though it may be.)

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What lies behind and beneath the desperate stigmatization and economic and psychological exploitation — so desperate that the stigmatization is supported by violence?

The concentration of low-paid workers, unemployed people in the area; the lack of attention to and support for the unpaid and underpaid work of caring for others including child-raising, the criminal justice system’s assistance to what seems a desperate urge in our culture to have always someone to stigmatize, with economically disabling consequences supported by public and private prejudice working against of big chunks of the residents of the area, the impoverishment of public services which might, if extremely well-funded compensate for the effects of extreme economic inequality (public transit is a good example but there are many more).

There are answers. Maybe you have others. Like all good answers, they open the way to further questions. What lies behind and beneath the desperate stigmatization and economic and psychological exploitation — so desperate that the stigmatization is supported by violence?