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Watts Riots & Rebellion @ 50


Riots and rebellion after the arrest of a black man in Watts in 1965. Multicultural riots and rebellion following the Rodney King beating and acquittals in 1992. The LAPD Rampart corruption scandal in 2000. Riots and rebellion in Ferguson after the police killed Michael Brown in 2014, and again a year later. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department jail house scandal in 2015.

Urban health issues. Equal access to quality education, parks and recreation, housing affordable for all income groups, health care and wellness, quality policing, and transit. These are genuine civil rights issues of race and ethnicity, inequality based on income and wealth, and just democracy. These issues are interrelated in Los Angeles and the U.S. economy.

A “relatively simple though serious problem such as police racism” is anything but simple, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote in A Testament of Hope. Fifty years after Watts, the struggle continues.

See Robert García, Riots and Rebellion: Los Angeles Police Reform Time Line 1965-2012.