The murder of Latasha Harlins was still on the minds of people; the acquittal just made things worse.

That day, I was twelve and terrified about the things I heard and saw. Terrified for my family in Watts. Terrified to go to school because the fighting that was soon to be there.

Twenty years later, these lyrics come to mind: I see no changes/all I see is racist faces/misplaced hate makes disgrace to races/we wonder, I wonder what it takes to make this one better place

What does it take? Whatever it is, let’s hope the change is soon.


South Central Farm, also known as the South Central Community Garden, was an urban farm and community garden located at East 41st and South Alameda Streets,[1] in an industrial area of South Los AngelesCalifornia (known as South Central Los Angeles) which was in operation between 1994 and 2006. At 14 acres (5.7 ha), it was considered one of the largest urban farms in the United States. The farm was sold in 2004, and the farmers were evicted in 2006. On July 5, 2006, workers began bulldozing the farm a midst protest and acts of civil disobedience. The farmers are disputing the validity of the sale in court and have also staged vigils in protest. The farm is the subject of the 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary film, The Garden.[2] It was also the subject of the PBS documentary, with an AFI Film Festival Premiere, in the Natural Heroes Series, South Central Farm, Oasis in a Concrete Desert..[3] This documentary has the only first hand commentary from the developer. As of April 2013 the land remains an empty lot.