RE: “Bruce’s Beach compensation,” The Beach Reporter, 2/25/21
There is so much “fiction” fanning the flames of the Bruce’s Beach legend and emotions. Last week’s letter to the editor stated the Bruces were 1) “driven out,” 2) “under-compensated,” and 3) “restricted from buying elsewhere in MB.” The facts found by MB’s multi-ethnicity commission on Bruce’s Beach are:
1) the NAACP lawyer representing the Bruce family stated the Bruce’s were “willing to sell the property …for a fair price at any time;”
2) the LA Times documented how the families were “over-compensated,” not under-compensated. Further, MB residents were up in arms against the MB Board of Trustees for giving excessive payments to the families;
3) the majority of Black families impacted bought and relocated elsewhere in MB. And, other Black families stayed in MB, too.
Maybe for effect, the writer of the letter concluded, “the park is a monument to racial hatred … because white supremacists won.” Wow! I concluded, from reading/researching subject, that prejudice played a key role in the eminent domain action and can/should be realized. However, this park should not be a monument for that. Remember, many White families owned 25 of the 30 parcels in the eminent domain action and were impacted. Lastly, the location now is a park and two blocks away from the beach. So, it is NOT a Beach and should not be named “… Beach.” It should have a “park” name. Maybe “Reflection Park.” That could suggest giving serious thought to our lives, other people and more.
—Jon Chaykowski, Manhattan Beach