Rep. Karen Bass, a CA Afro-American and top contender to be Joe Biden’s running mate, said in 1992 that the burning of hundreds of liquor stores during the L.A. riots was a “miracle” because it rid poor neighborhoods of hot spots for crime and drug activity.
Karen Bass was a community activist in the L.A. area at the time focused on shutting down liquor stores, many of which were owned by Korean immigrants.
The Democrat gave several interviews after the riots on the liquor store issue. She told The New York Times at the time that while arson was not the ideal path to force liquor stores closed, the burnings accomplished what her activist group had tried for years to achieve.
Over 200 liquor store businesses owned by Korean-Americans burned; one liquor store owned by blacks burned. Only a dozen liquor stores were re-built.
Firenze Sage: Notice, please, that Korean Americans are the primary victims.