In the Media: Ken Gonzales-Day Discusses California’s History of Lynchings in Los Angeles Times

Ken Gonzales-Day, Fletcher Jones Chair in Art and professor of art, discussed California’s history of lynchings in the Los Angeles Times. Gonzales-Day has learned of at least 350 people, the majority of them Latinx, who were lynched in California. “The mythology of the Wild West as being somehow different from the history of lynching is the first part of the problem,” he said, adding, “All of these legacies were part of the same kind of racial terror that caused these communities to silence themselves and kinda get along and pretend as everything is OK as long as they keep their nose to the grindstone.”