05.26.2020

The Compton Cowboys: A Story of Racism, Violence and Love for Horses

The Compton Cowboys: A Story of Racism, Violence and Love for Horses Photo: Walter Thompson-Hernández

To think of the Old West is to imagine John Wayne leaning over a saloon bar or the mythical Marlboro cowboy, classic symbols of the "real" America. But in the Los Angeles county's city of Compton, black and mixed-race cowboys have been galloping through the rural Richlands Farms for two decades now. It's where the famous Compton Cowboys have rewritten the cultural legacy of the country, shackled racial and cultural stereotypes, and imposed peace as true sheriffs among the younger generation to save them from gangs. 

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