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I am fascinated by the Watts riots


yk9001

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I hadn't heard of this book; I'm impressed they agree with what set-off the riots.

 

I have seen the MLK and young man quote before.  It never fails to make me sad for MLK, that the youths/rioters felt inciting was the only way to draw attention to their concerns.

 

Today, we have Sharpton and crew pouring fuel onto the fire instead of working toward real change and compromise.

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I am never pro riot, mainly because the protagonists (to me) are always so unpalatable.

 

Rodney King (driving drunk)

Michael Brown (thug bully terrorizing a store clerk)

The guy killed by cops selling loosies in NJ (sixty some odd arrests)

The guy killed by cops in Cincinnati (fathered 13-20 kids at age 43)

etc.

 

But one of the things blacks in Watts were upset about - the proposition that effectively allowed discrimination when it came to buying property - is so f*cked up.  This prop 14 was so wrong (and championed by Reagan).  Out of all the stuff I hear about keeping the black man down, that by far is the most f'd up.

 

Owning property is by far the best way for lower or middle class to move up in status.

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