Newport coast, it turns out, has become even less black and brown. Newport Coast was so undiverse that in 2001 it attached itself to Newport Beach as to not look so oddly white in a quickly changing multicultural world.
You can’t even find out how white it is, because it’s not only white, but rich and rich people don’t want you in their business.
A lot of us Angelenos take Orange County for granted.
We know of its great surf and that they have an art walk in Santa Ana (which isn’t exactly South Orange County and apparently that’s a big difference.) Outsiders like me might visit a few times a decade when we get lost on our way to San Diego or Riverside (that can happen pretty easily on the Metrolink.)
“The 91 turned into the 55 and I ended up behind the Orange Curtain.”
But this week I clicked a button to read the LA Times and got slapped in the face with some bullshit about how East LA being all Latino was so sad and as the title stated “tragic,” so I decided to look online and to talk to some white people who lived in Orange County.
“So is Newport Beach pretty white,” me.
A white person, “Hell yeah.”
I discovered that Newport Beach wasn’t as white as you could get, Newport Coast was as white as you could get.
Apparently in Newport Coast there are lots of Starbucks and lots of shopping opportunities and even more if you go to Newport Beach.
And I want to know are any papers going to do any stories on the tragedy of Newport Coast and Newport Beach and Malibu and Brentwood and all of the other places that owing to the fact that they have a lot of money can play this game and make their cities look a lot more nouveau multicultural than they truly are.
I notice when mainstream media (or even alternative, click on this link from Portland on diversity in the cycling community if you are a person of color you will laugh) talks about diversity in regards to white people it has to do with religions, types of jobs, various types of bikes people ride and if you are a hipster or a yuppie, but with ethnic people we’re held to a higher standard.
I wonder is anyone going to investigate the “New Downtown” that if you look at the Downtown Newspaper appears to signify white and affluent.
Bringing back Broadway seems to be about getting rid of the ethnic businesses and bringing in more “mainstream” businesses. It can’t be about anything other than that, because I walk up Broadway daily and it seems to already be here.
When I go to Brentwood it looks pretty homogenous, so does Palos Verdes and Pacific Palisades, but for some reason no violins playing for them.
Why are perfectly good majority ethnic neighborhoods ghettoized by the mainstream press in some bizarro world attempt to be multicultural that often just comes off as patronizing nonsense?
Would anyone do a story on Malibu and ask the guy who owns the gardening business but lives in West Covina what he thinks of the neighborhood?
I don’t think so.
LA Times try again.
How about a story on the tragedy of Encinitas or is the tragedy more of a commentary on what society thinks of a neighborhood that is majority of color.
by Browne Molyneux