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WATCH THIS: Compton Cowboys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86Ugg7tEH5Q Blindie loves this article and video about the Compton Junior Posse, an equestrian program designed to keep kids off the street. As featured on Good's website: Compton, a city on the south side of Los Angeles, is a notoriously difficult place to grow up. As birthplace to many of the gangs that put "gangsta" in "gangsta rap," the city has for decades been plagued by violence, drugs, and other crimes that make life hard for everyone—particularly young people, who are recruited and pressured to join in on all the illicit activity. In response to the allure of gangs, a number of organizations both big and small have popped up to try and keep children off the streets and out of gangs. But there's only one doing it on horseback. Founded in the late 1980s on a small plot of land called Richland Farms, the Compton Junior Posse is a program that, in its own words, "keeps kids on horses and off the streets." The posse teaches equestrian skills to children of all ages in an effort to help them avoid the pitfalls of youth. In the process, it's kept a lot of kids out of trouble and caused a lot of Angelenos to do double-takes—it's not every day you see a cowboy riding around the streets of L.A. Meet the Compton Junior Posse in their mini-doc above!
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Hate Crimes At Five-Year High in Los Angeles

Hate crimes in L.A hit their highest level in five years in 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest number of racial hate crimes involved Latino suspects against black victims, followed by black suspects against Latino victims. Although blacks made up nearly half the hate crime victims, Latinos made up the largest number of suspects in hate crimes based on sexual orientation, while whites were the leading suspects in religion-based incidents. "What we're seeing is the democratization of hate crimes," said Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. "We're not only seeing a diversification of victims but also increased diversification of offenders." PHOTO: AP
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WATCH THIS: Compton Cowboys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86Ugg7tEH5Q Blindie loves this article and video about the Compton Junior Posse, an equestrian program designed to keep kids off the street. As featured on Good's website: Compton, a city on the south side of Los Angeles, is a notoriously difficult place to grow up. As birthplace to many of the gangs that put "gangsta" in "gangsta rap," the city has for decades been plagued by violence, drugs, and other crimes that make life hard for everyone—particularly young people, who are recruited and pressured to join in on all the illicit activity. In response to the allure of gangs, a number of organizations both big and small have popped up to try and keep children off the streets and out of gangs. But there's only one doing it on horseback. Founded in the late 1980s on a small plot of land called Richland Farms, the Compton Junior Posse is a program that, in its own words, "keeps kids on horses and off the streets." The posse teaches equestrian skills to children of all ages in an effort to help them avoid the pitfalls of youth. In the process, it's kept a lot of kids out of trouble and caused a lot of Angelenos to do double-takes—it's not every day you see a cowboy riding around the streets of L.A. Meet the Compton Junior Posse in their mini-doc above!
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Hate Crimes At Five-Year High in Los Angeles

Hate crimes in L.A hit their highest level in five years in 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest number of racial hate crimes involved Latino suspects against black victims, followed by black suspects against Latino victims. Although blacks made up nearly half the hate crime victims, Latinos made up the largest number of suspects in hate crimes based on sexual orientation, while whites were the leading suspects in religion-based incidents. "What we're seeing is the democratization of hate crimes," said Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. "We're not only seeing a diversification of victims but also increased diversification of offenders." PHOTO: AP
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