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Daemon
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The Watts Riots Begin (1965)

As Los Angeles, California, became a hub for the production of munitions and supplies during World War II, thousands of African Americans moved to the city to work. Massive suburban growth in Los Angeles after the war, however, created or exacerbated a variety of urban problems. In 1965, the African-American community of Watts was the site of six days of race rioting that left 34 people dead and caused extensive property damage. What happened on the evening of August 11 to trigger the riots? More...
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On the evening of Wednesday, August 11, 1965, 21-year-old Marquette Frye, an African American man behind the wheel of his mother's 1955 Buick, was pulled over by white California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer Lee Minikus on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Minikus was convinced that Frye was under the influence and radioed for his vehicle to be impounded...After rumors spread that the police had roughed Price up and kicked a pregnant woman, angry mobs formed. As the situation intensified, growing crowds of local residents watching the exchange began yelling and throwing objects at the police officers.[
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Racism leaves its ugly mark.
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MechPebbles wrote:
Racism leaves its ugly mark.



With 100% respect, might I suggest that the word "racism" should be carefully used?

A few months ago (not in 1965), there were two parties at a nearby university.

Both parties were very loud. So the neighbors called the police when the parties continued way into the night.

The police told party X (which was attended mostly by people from groups A and B) to close down the party.

They obeyed and went home.

The police told party Y (which was attended mostly by people from groups C and D) to close down the party.

They said, "OK."

The police left.

Party Y started up again.

The police this time sent in many police cars and also sent helicopters over the party house. They forcibly broke up the party.

The next day, the people from party Y yelled: RACISM!

There was NO "racism."

It was simply a case of some people who felt that they could ignore the rights of their neighbors and ignore the lawful orders of the police.

*****

Whenever you read about "racism" in the United States, please be very, very careful before you believe the story.




James
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Yes, I learned to be careful with the word racism, and learned to look deeper into the heart of racism.
Gary98
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where there is difference there is racism. We will be living in real communist society when racism is gone from anywhere. Shangri-La?
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TheParser wrote:
Party Y started up again.

The police this time sent in many police cars and also sent helicopters over the party house. They forcibly broke up the party.

The next day, the people from party Y yelled: RACISM!

There was NO "racism."

It was simply a case of some people who felt that they could ignore the rights of their neighbors and ignore the lawful orders of the police.


You have given us only part of the story, James. If the party was merely a very loud party involving a number of people of a minority race, and the police sent in many police cars and helicopters (!) and forcibly broke up the party then there almost certainly was a degree of racism.
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A little civility goes a long way. Some cop took themselves too seriously.
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All parties had their expectations fulfilled. The American Dream, no ?

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