Snapshot….The Watts Riots

Written by on February 22, 2011

The term Watts Riots of 1965 refers to a large-scale riot which lasted 6 days in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in August 1965. By the time the riot subsided, 34 people had been killed, 1,032 injured, and 3,438 arrested. It would stand as the most severe riot in Los Angeles history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992. The riot is viewed by some as a reaction to the record of police brutality by the LAPD and other racial injustices suffered by black Americans in Los Angeles, including job and housing discrimination.

I think time often erases the memory of ¬†events such as this. We live in a world in turmoil…always have. ¬†As a matter of fact, the only time there’s really been large-scale peace…is when the majority of the powerful nations had already succumbed to the power of one. There are always battles raging around us; some silent, and some loud and deadly. Only, sometimes we only pay attention when we feel the battle directly affects us. Well, ladies and gentlemen of the world…ALL battles affect us. Now is a good time to ask yourself, in light of the labor disputes in WI and the political unrest in Egypt and Libya, when was the last time you bothered to take part in the fight? How many battles have you ignored simply because it wasn’t at your front door and it didn’t disrupt your sleep?

Don’t wait until your outrage flows over to become an active and responsible Citizen of the World.


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