Essay On The Algiers Motel Incident

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“This is a racial incident... it represents one simple thing: black people want control of black communities” Rev. Albert Cleage, Detroit religious leader, declared (Cleage 1). In Detroit 1967, racial riots enclosed the entire city. Mobs looted and burned hundreds of stores. The riots spread sporadically. In The Algiers Motel Incident, Officer David Senak explains, “the people [carried] gasoline cans into stores and actually burning them” (Hersey 56). The city of Detroit imposed a curfew on the citizens, to keep the safe during the riots. The ferocious riot outbreak lasted from July 23, 1967 until July 27, 1967. As a result form the vehement outbreak, there were many fatalities the fired the black community in Detroit. Thirty-four years later, a roar of the races broke out in the streets of Cincinnati. Furthermore, rioters were outraged by the death of Timothy Thomas, the cause of the uproar. “In three nights of disturbances that followed the shooting, dozens of people were injured and more …show more content…
Similarly, The Algiers Motel Incident by John Hersey (Detroit riots of ’67) and the Cincinnati Riots ’01 share many of the same driving forces behind the riots, such as poverty, police brutality, and racial …show more content…
Poverty-stricken parts of cities should have anti-poverty programs to raise them out of their poverty. Police Brutality should not be used unless in severe circumstances, officers should respect all citizens. Racial distrust will continue to occur until justice has been served completely. Finally, the riots in both scenarios ended with injustice. According to both of defendants in each riot, the courts were being prejudiced against the Black community. However, the community nowadays is striving to become fair and leave the causes of those riots

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