I didn’t think that many people thought much of the victims of the Chavez Ravine, however, there are people out there that are better versed in LA’s history than i am. There have been some projects devoted to these people and document their past lives and the troubles of the eviction.
I found this guy, Don Normark, who made a whole photo essay of just the people in the Chavez Ravine. I think they are only of the people before the whole battle for the valley started, but I was really interested in seeing how these people lived back then. Look at these pictures
i mean…Don Normark is just some white guy, why was he here taking pictures of these kids and falling down houses? I wonder if he actually knew these people or if it was just a photo op. But i gotta give him credit, these are pretty kick ass photos. I want to look for his photo essay book the next time i go to the book store, maybe I’ll be able to learn a little more about him.
I guess that research wasn’t too thorough…I didn’t even realize that the initial plan was to build a new housing community, “Elysian Heights.” I still think it was wrong of them to destroy these homes, but if this was their plan, it could have been very successful and helpful to these people. Guaranteeing them a place to live? That could have helped them build a stronger community i guess.
But that didn’t happen. I guess this all went down around the time of the McCarthy trials and the Red Scare (don’t I sound smart? shh…i just learned that in APUSH). This made the government think that this was a socialist move. HELLOOOOOO ARE YOU CRAZY?? because of the fear of being blacklisted, and the power and money of those that wanted to bring in the Dodgers, all of these people who were guaranteed housing were screwed over and left in the dust. unbelievable.
I’ve been doing some research and have found so many youtube videos and pictures about the battle for Chavez Ravine…they are sickening. I can’t believe what was done to these people - my people. Regardless of race, gender, or age, this was a crime against humanity that probably forced so many people out onto the streets.
I mean…they dragged people out of their homes; homes that they had been living in since birth.
I don’t understand how anyone could have supported this or why anyone would be so heartless as to destroy the lives of people to build a baseball stadium - to make money.
Well, today i was talking to my dad and we somehow got on the topic of the Dodgers. He HATES the Dodgers. I always wondered why but never really thought to ask, until today.
He went on to tell me about where our family comes from…you might think, “what the hell does this have to do with the Dodgers?” but thats exactly what i was thinking too.
I always knew my family has lived in Los Angeles for a long time, but i never knew that the Dodgers stadium stands on their homes. I WAS SHOCKED. It turns out my relatives were victims of the eviction and demolition of the Chavez Ravine - “a valley that was home to generations of Mexican Americans” as PBS says.
i had no idea that people used to live were the baseball team of Los Angeles plays, but thats why i am making this tumblr now…because we learn something new everyday, and i am going to use this tumblr to record all the information i get about where i come from.