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Tulsa race riot

On May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob started the Tulsa race riot, attacking residents and businesses of the African-American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in what is considered one of

Watts Rebellion (Los Angeles, 1965)

On Wednesday, 11 August 1965, Marquette Frye, a 21-year-old black man, was arrested for drunk driving on the edge of Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood. The ensuing struggle during his arrest sparked o

Watts riots

The Watts riots, sometimes referred to as the Watts Rebellion,[1] took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 16, 1965. On August 11, 1965, an African-American motorist was a

Remembering the 1992 Los Angeles Riots

This week marks the 20th anniversary of L.A.’s riots, which were sparked by a mixed verdict in a racially-charged trial of police officers accused of using excessive force against a suspect. His nam

Asian Americans and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots/Uprising

Although the 1992 Los Angeles riots have been described as a “race riot” sparked by the acquittals of a group of mostly white police officers charged with excessively beating black motorist Rodney

The Untold Story of the LA Riot

The story of how the worst American riot in this century began is a little like the story of Rodney King’s beating: By now it has been twisted into a series of half-truths and misconceptions. Ju

The Detroit Riots of 1943

In the summer of 1943, amidst the heightening of the United States’ involvement in World War 2, a race riot raged through the city of Detroit. Over 350,000 Americans, mostly white, had come from the

A Thrilling Narrative From the Lips of the Sufferers of the Late Detroit Riot, March 6, 1863

On the 6th of March an organized mob made their way from the jail down Beaubien street. They were yelling like demons, and crying “kill all the d–d niggers.” In the cooper shop, just

Detroit Race Riots 1943

The Detroit riot began at a popular and integrated amusement park known as Belle Isle. On the muggy summer evening of June 20, 1943, the playground was ablaze with activity. Several incidents occurred

A Socio-economic Analysis of the 1967 Detroit Riot

Saturday July 22, 1967, found Detroit in the middle of an oppressive heat wave. It had regularly approached 90 degrees in a neighborhood where air conditioning was as rare as a presidential visit. It

He helped start 1967 Detroit riot, now his son struggles with the legacy

Bill Scott’s thrown bottle was a catalyst for one the most destructive civil disorders in U.S. history — five days of looting, arson and violence in Detroit that killed 43 people and resulted in t

1967 Detroit riot

The 1967 Detroit riot, also known as the 12th Street riot, was a violent public disorder that turned into a civil disturbance in Detroit, Michigan. It began in the early morning hours of Sunday, July