Who are Santa Ana’s Usual Suspects?

One of my readers, named Cook, asked me yesterday to explain who Santa Ana’s Usual Suspects are.  He wondered if the term was meant to be racist.

No, it isn’t – it is however a convenient way to describe a group of folks who have been causing trouble here in Santa Ana for many years.

After the Civil War, a number of Confederate soldiers and their families came here to Orange County.  Some of them went on to become the first Usual Suspects.  They brought their white hoods with them.

Some years later they brought cheap Chinese labor to Santa Ana, and then when they got tired of them they burned down their Chinatown.

Usual Suspects kept kids segregated, back in the day, so that Mexicans did not go to the same schools as white kids, until the Mendez family won their famous lawsuit.

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