The Civil Rights Movement Of The Black Ghetto Of Los Angeles Essay

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The civil rights movement entered a crisis when it moved from demanding access to schools, public facilities, and voting booths to economic disparities between blacks and whites. In the mid-1960s, economic problems became a civil rights priority. Violence in northern ghettos brought attention to racial injustice and inequalities in jobs, education, and housing, which the end of legal segregation didn’t solve. The hostility of later race relations emerged from many whites’ belief that blacks had won equality in civil rights and voting rights laws and needed no further assistance, while blacks, aware of discrimination in jobs, education, housing, and the criminal justice system, called for more government action.

The first riots—actually battles between blacks and mostly white police—erupted in Harlem in 1964. The larger uprising of 1965 in Watts, the black ghetto of Los Angeles, saw 50,000 rioters attack police and firemen, loot white-owned businesses, and burn buildings. After the National Guard restored order, 35 had been killed, 900 injured, and $20 million in property destroyed. By the summer of 1967, urban riots seemed everywhere. Some feared racial war. Urban rebellions left 23 dead in Newark and 43 in Detroit, huge parts of which were devastated. Johnson appointed a commission to study the causes of urban disorder, whose report blamed them on “segregation and poverty,” indicted “white racism,” and claimed that the society was becoming harshly divided on racial lines.…

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