Confronting racism’s place in local history


Dawn Megli

This column originally appeared in the May
17 issue of the Los Angeles Times. Republished
with permission.

The heavily armed gunman who opened fire May 14 in a Buffalo, New York, grocery store—and is suspected of killing 10 people in a racially motivated attack—had the number 14 written on his semiautomatic rifle.

It is a reference to the white supremacist slogan known as the “14 Words” and a call to action to defend the white race.

As a reporter for a weekly community n...

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