Inglewood Isn’t What You Think It Is

My Hometown Is a Whole Lot More Than Basketball, Football, or Poverty

To live in Inglewood is to have people make assumptions about you. Recently, people have been making assumptions about what a new pro football stadium, proposed by the owner of the NFL’s Rams, would mean for us. One such assumption now prevalent in the media is that we’ll embrace it, because we’re assumed to be economically desperate: Inglewood is “over 90 percent minority” (The Los Angeles Times), “a largely low-income suburb” (the U.K.’s The Independent), or a bad “neighborhood” (a characterization in movies going back to 1991’s Grand Canyon).

Inglewood, where …