Sunday, January 3, 2016
Before Black Lives Matter--Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter's mother, and the long-term neglect of Watts.
"One of the people I met in South-Central after the riots was Mrs. Nola Carter, who is the mother of Alprentice (Bunchy) Carter, who started the L.A. chapter of the Black Panthers in the 1960s. He was assassinated at UCLA by a rival black power organization, which I knew nothing about. It took me into an investigation of the role of the FBI and the LAPD in undermining the black community, which is a shocking but was very well-documented in government hearings in the 1970s by the Church Commission.
She took me out on a street corner, 79th and Central, and said, "I remember they showed us plans for the new community. There was supposed to be a park at 79th and Central." It was just a liquor store. She said, "They showed us a model of what the community was going to look like and there were no African American people in that model. It was all white mothers pushing their babies."