August 9's Fact of the Week: 1871 Los Angeles' Massacre

One of the greatest unsolved murders in Los Angeles' history involved the senseless murder of seventeen Chinese men and boys by a white American lynch mob in 1871. Fueled by racism and labor competition, many Americans resented Chinese laborers for their willingness to work for low wages, blaming them for the lack of jobs and subsequent unemployment. Motivated to "teach" the Chinese a lesson, the bloodlust mob dragged and hanged the Chinese victims. One man boasted: "Well, I am satisfied now. I have killed three Chinamen." After the massacre, the violence was downplayed as a spontaneous outbreak of rage against a much hated minority and charges of murder denigrated into manslaughter while local newspapers sought to censor the massacre.