Abcarian: Almost no one was spared in that racist conversation among top L.A. Latino officials, which was caught on video by journalist Hector Retamal, who also spoke at the meeting.
In the video, two white women are seen discussing a proposal that had been made to Mayor Eric Garcetti and other L.A. Latino officials.
The idea was to have police force a group of black and Latino teenagers, who were allegedly involved in a fight, into a public school hallway.
“My wife says, ‘He’s a white man, he will never give that to you.’ I said, ‘I’m going to call him down there.’ It was crazy because I just didn’t know if I had the authority,” one of the women, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Times.
It’s not clear what other options she had, other than to call the mayor. But she said she did try to talk with her husband about it.
“I said, ‘I know you don’t know that much about [the] case, but this is just a little thing I would like to ask you about. Let me ask you honestly; is there any way I can make sure our kids get in the school?’” And she said her husband’s answer was “‘Hell no, you aren’t going to do that.’”
“He didn’t want to see any of our kids in a hallway with that group — that was pretty much it,” she added.
“I thought he’s a strong black man,” she said. “And I was just like, no. I didn’t want to do this.”