Posts Tagged ‘race riots’

Obama & historical significance

January 17, 2009

As much as I want to fight back my emotional response to this AP article, I think it’s important for our generation to remain (or become) conscious of the extent to which racial division and animosity was prevalent in our society just 50 or 60 years ago, as this article mentions.  But things were bad even more recently: the first half of the book Nixonland (regretably, ‘half’ is as far as I got before the spector of the LSAT loomed) totally opened my eyes to race riots in Watts, California and the on-the-fly deputization of white male citizens to shoot any black male on the street during the riots in Detroit—both in the 60s, a mere 40 years ago.