East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

Daniel Hernandez

The feeling of relief to hear that bell ring after the three rounds I killed. I called it a day. Before I leave the gym to go home, me despido to the other fellow fighters like they do too. It’s awesome in the gym because it’s like we’re family, we all come from the same place therefore we take care of each other in and outside of the gym. And to be quite honest, I believe that’s what East Los Angeles is all about. Not so long ago I was in a car accident, but my raza came rushing towards the scene of the accident to help out. Comforting me, making sure I was okay, and others calling the police to the scene of the accident. That day it surprised me how helpful the people in the neighborhood are, watching out for each other. Most people see East Los Angeles as a negative stereotype towards la raza and their “barrio” with gang violence, but what city doesn’t have its flaws? East Los Angeles is a considerable city full of Chicanos that admire the community. A value that grasps East Los Angeles the most are the murals our city freely and open for all to enjoy, which expresses the history, concerns and aspirations of our home. Our culture are an integral part of the city’s mural heritage. This is what makes East L.A., East L.A. Growing up in East Los Angeles is not so bad, this place I call home is important to me because East Los Angeles created the respectful independent man I am today. My home has taught me a lot about reality and how not to let people walk over me, being strong to stand my ground without giving in.