California lawmakers have unanimously voted to return the first beach land to the offspring of a black couple who fled the city 100 years ago after racial harassment by the Clux clan and white neighbors. ۔
A state Senate bill passed late Thursday that would give Los Angeles County the power to relocate Manhattan Beach land to Willie and the family of Charles Bruce.
The bill is now being sent to Government Gavin Newsom for signing so that the transfer can be completed.
Bruce Bought the Beach Front plot back in 1912. And built the first resort for black people on the West Coast at a time when secession barred them from the majority of the coast.
It became known as Bruce Beach and included a lodge, cafe, dance hall and dressing tent.
However, Bruce and his guests quickly fell victim to the KKK who tried to burn down the resort.
Their white neighbors harassed the couple and customers by putting up fake signs for just 10 minutes and blowing air out of their tires.
In 1924, the city condemned the area and confiscated more than 20 properties through the notorious domain. Officials justified the move, claiming there was an urgent need for a public park.
But the property remained vacant for decades until it was transferred to the state in 1948 and then to Los Angeles County in 1995.
The beach front plot eventually turned into a park and is still one today.
LA County Supervisor Janice Han first announced plans to return the land to the Bruce family in April.
In Manhattan Beach, council members, mostly from the white neighborhood, condemned the seizure.
Democrat Sen. Steven Bradford said the passage of the bill would “eliminate the mistake made by the city of Manhattan Beach and enlist the help of the state and county.”
He added that it “represents economic and historical justice and is an example of what compensation really looks like.”
Post with wires.