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Black and Brown in Los AngelesBeyond Conflict and Coalition$
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Josh Kun and Laura Pulido

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275591

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275591.001.0001

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The Politics of Low and Slow/Bajito y Suavecito

The Politics of Low and Slow/Bajito y Suavecito

Black and Chicano Lowriders in Los Angeles, from the 1960s through the 1970s

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Black and Brown in Los Angeles

Denise M. Sandoval

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the cultural history of the lowriding phenomenon in Los Angeles from the 1960s through the 1970s and how car culture in Chicano and Black communities has involved a re-creation or a reimagining of the city's urban landscape. More specifically, it examines how and why lowriding developed and what it means to Chicanos and African Americans. Focusing on the Ruelas family, the “first family” of lowriding and founders of the Dukes Car Club of Los Angeles, the chapter considers the sociohistorical interconnections between Chicano and Black cultural spaces in Los Angeles through the practice of lowriding. It also explores how this cultural space as well as Chicano cultural identity has been influenced by the politics of bajito y suavecito/low and slow. It shows that the Ruelas family had deep and multifaceted relationship with both African American culture and Black lowriders such as Terry Andersen and Ted Wells.

Keywords:   lowriding, Los Angeles, car culture, urban landscape, Chicanos, African Americans, Ruelas family, Dukes Car Club, cultural space, cultural identity

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