During that visit, Cornejo said, ‘Blandon starts telling me he’d been doing lots of things with the black people down there [in L.A.]. And I said, “Yeah, so?” And he wanted to see if I was interested in doing something up here. And I said, “Why?” And he said I should get into the black thing. No one cares about them, he tells me. When they start killing themselves no one cares.’
Cornejo told Blandon, ‘not to play me with the race thing. Business is business, but don’t play me with that race thing. The difference between him and me was that I grew up in San Francisco and it didn’t mean that much to us. But he grew up in Nicaragua, with these rich and powerful people, and that’s the way he thought.’
Blandon’s own experience had taught him that no one cared about the cocaine that he was pouring into South Central in 1984. By then, he’d been dealing ever-increasing amounts to Ricky Ross for two years and had received no interference from the police whatsoever. The only media in L.A. that seemed alarmed by the spread of crack in black neighborhoods was the African-American press. The white newspapers didn’t even know what crack was.
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A 91-year-old man honored by Israel for saving a Jewish life during the Nazi Holocaust has returned his medal in protest of the Gaza assault. Henk Zanoli was given Israel’s Righteous Among the Nations award for his actions under Nazi occupation in Amsterdam. In 1943, Zanoli smuggled out a Jewish boy and helped hide him in his home for two years, despite Nazi suspicion he and his family backed the resistance. Zanoli’s father was executed in a concentration camp and his brother-in-law executed as a resistance fighter. But last week, Zanoli returned his medal to the Israeli Embassy in The Hague, saying that Israeli bombings of Gaza had killed six of his relatives. His grandniece is married to a Palestinian man who lost three brothers, a sister-in-law, a nephew and his father’s first wife in a bombing of their home last month. Zanoli writes: “For me to hold on to the honor granted to me by the State of Israel under these circumstances, would be an insult … to those in my family, four generations on, who lost no less than six of their relatives in Gaza.” Zanoli added: “The actions of your state in Gaza these days have already resulted in serious accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. … It would be of no surprise to me that these accusations could lead to possible convictions if true and unpoliticized justice is able to have its course. What happened to our kin in Gaza will no doubt be brought to the table at such a time as well.”