May 30, 2023

Black Family Selling Bruce Beach Back To Los Angeles County for $20M Sparks Intense Debate

The sale of the Bruce Beach property in Los Angeles has sparked a lot debate on social media. 

To refresh your reminiscence, the Bruce Beach property was rightfully returned to the descendants of the Bruces, a Black couple who bought the land in 1912. Bruce Beach was birthed from the sale as a getaway for Black locals. It was the primary oceanfront property within the neighborhood owned and operated by African-People. The Manhattan Beach Metropolis Council would finally take the property by means of aggressive measures and rename it Manhattan Beach. Family members and activists petitioned for the land to be returned to the members of the family. After years of campaigning, the property was efficiently transferred again to the Bruce’s authorized heirs in June 2022. Los Angeles County then made an settlement to lease the property from the household for over $400,000 a 12 months.

Now, the heirs have determined to promote the land to L.A. for $20 million. Janice Hahn, chair of the county Board of Supervisors who helped dealer the return of the land, says the household is doing what’s greatest for them. 

“This is what reparations look like, and it is a model that I hope governments across the country will follow,” she wrote in a press release following the sale. 

In true social media trend, many had a number of opinions concerning the deal. Some expressed assist for the choice, whereas others slammed the household for garnering nationwide assist for the property’s return solely to promote it. 


A number of folks have identified that because the land was not presently zoned to construct any houses or accommodations on, the household wouldn’t have the ability to increase it in any means. Lots of them additionally stay out of state. These could possibly be seemingly causes for the sale.

What are your ideas? Ought to the Bruce descendants have stored the land, or did they make the appropriate selection?