I really don’t know what to make of this:
Thousands of students walked out of high schools in Los Angeles and across Southern California this morning as protests against restrictions on immigration spread across the city for a fourth day.
School walkouts were reported at schools in San Diego and Orange counties, and in the Santa Clarita Valley in northern Los Angeles County. There were also immigrant rights marches nationwide.
In Los Angeles, dozens of schools experienced walkouts, with the major events downtown, where several thousand students converged on City Hall, and on the Westside and in the San Fernando Valley.
At midafternoon, student marchers descended onto the heavily-traveled 101 Freeway near downtown, snarling traffic and creating safety hazards, according to televised reports. The northbound freeway was restricted to one lane. The freeway later reopened after students exited on an off-ramp in Echo Park.
When I was in High school, if I could have organized it, I would have walked out protesting anything if it meant not being in class. I don’t know how much these High School walkouts really reflect opinions regarding immigration, but I do know that Californians in general have strong opinions about the issue and that Californians, given an opportunity and a reason, can throw one heck of a riot when it comes to matters of race.
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Good grief, Ezra:
John Cole, noting a 500,000 person march that resulted in not one arrest and a fully peaceful walkout from LA County schools, sniffs that he “doesn’t know what to make of it” and implies that California’s immigrants are gearing up for a race riot.
WTF is right? Since when did everything I write get so damn misinterpreted? I wasn’t suggesting there was going to be a race riot, I was asking if there was really anything to this, or if it was just kids trying to get out of school. If there is something to it, and it is more than kids just trying to play hookie, then I don’t think observing California’s recent history with race riots and the recent racial tensions (umm, Minutemen, anyone?) is that crazy or that sinister.
And I certainly was not attacking the walk-out or trying to imply anything about them. I didn’t even express my normally disdainful view of all things protestor. I was just asking what is going on and whether this is anything to pay attention to, as if you haven’t noticed, I have been pretty busy lately and not up to my usual blogging/news-reading. I know we all love a good pile-on, but how bout we start asking me things before thinking the worst- especially those of you who know and use my instant messenger screen name.