by Ken Lawrence
A never-recorded song from 1955 linked the Watts rebellion to systemic injustice and a long history of police abuse.
SOURCE: The Los Angeles Times
In the half-century since South Los Angeles exploded in a violent uprising, the civil rights movement splintered, whites fled to the suburbs, African Americans’ power waxed and waned, Watts became 70% Latino.
by Tom Edsall
The Watts riots – set off by the traffic arrest of a 21-year-old black driver by a white police officer — left 34 dead, 1,032 people injured, and 600 buildings damaged or destroyed.
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