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AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO WORSHIPPERS FIND NEW LIFE TOGETHER IN A CHANGING NEIGHBHORHOOD

BY RAQUEL MARIA DILLON / COMPTON BULLETIN

The Black choir clapped and swayed, propelled by the organ’s groove and drums’ beat, as gospel music filled the tiny New Life in Christ Church on Compton Avenue.  The rhythm came naturally, but when it was time to sing, the choir had to turn to sheet music to keep from stumbling over the Spanish lyrics.

Two years after this African-American Pentecostal congregation of about 100 people welcomed their Latino neighbors, the two groups are still trying to stay in tune in a part of the city that has not always lived in harmony.

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  1. Joe Mack
    June 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    This story is not heart-warming. Black and brown coming together, to bitch about their common enemy-white people!

  2. David Wielenga
    June 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Very self-centered of you.

  3. Joe Mack
    June 7, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    David,

    I believe if we’re going to be a multi-cultural society; then, balkanization is our only chance for peace. It’s not color, it’s much deeper. Innate differences that many choose to discount. The Black/Brown experiment will fail as will other combinations. And not because we want them to.

    Joe

    • LBCityGirl
      June 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      The Balkans are all white people who don’t get along with each other. And having traveled there, I can tell you that they all look the same to me. So what is it you are trying to say?

  4. Joe Mack
    June 8, 2010 at 6:44 am

    I think you prove my point. I don’t know much about Balkans, but are there distinct religious differences, i.e. Christian/Muslin.
    Certainly that would be a cause of conflict.
    I’m trying to say that “birds of a feather” DO gravitate towards each other. One need only visit a High School lunch room to see the racial divisions. Poly High School has awards ceremonies for the different ethnic groups, i.e. Home coming King/Queen, etc.

  5. Joe Mack
    June 8, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Hey, LBCity Girl…my coffee just kicked in! Yes, the Balkans, where we get the work, BALKANIZATION!

    I just googled. There ethnic cultural religious differences proves my point!

    The Balkans…you inadvertently proved my point in spades!

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