- Type of Place
- Independent City or Town
- Metro Area
- Politics c. 1860?
- Unions, Organized Labor?
Sundown Town Status
- Sundown Town in the Past?
- Was there an ordinance?
- Don't Know
- Don’t Know
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People
Method of Exclusion
- Threat of Violence
Main Ethnic Group(s)
Ramona Outdoor Play, now have more and more minorities in the plays. Where once people asked if there was a way to keep “those people” out, they are now largely accepted.
The former superintendent of the Hemet Unified School District is Jewish, and was apparently well-liked by most of the employees.
I went to Perris High School, which frequently competed in athletics against Hemet High School, and went to college with some Hemet residents. I remember that a Hemet player was expelled from a football game a few years for whispering “Nigger, nigger, nigger” at the African-American players from Perris High School. The Hemet player’s mother, Deborah Rathbone, was livid [at the punishment], as was his father, Chuck Rathbone, who was on the Hemet school board and considered himself the be-all and end-all of morality.
The Hemet player’s mother, Deborah Rathbone, was livid, as was his father, Chuck Rathbone, who was on the Hemet school board and considered himself the be-all and end-all of morality. They livid at their son’s expulsion.
In 1913, 15 Korean orchard workers were
expelled from Hemet. “When the [Koreans]
disembarked from the train, they were met by several
hundred unemployed Euro-Americans, who quickly
surrounded them. A spokesperson for the crowd
threatened the Koreans with physical harm if they did
not leave immediately. Terrified by such an
unexpected reception, the Koreans boarded the next
train out of town.”
“I remember looking at a house there back in the
late 70’s and being told that there were no Black or
Mexicans allowed. As a teacher I remember that
Hemet NEVER had athletes who were minorities on any
teams. A while back (about five years ago or so),
there were several racial fights at football games
started by Hemet players who uttered racial epitaphs
at African Americans.”
-posted to the web 2002