Thousands of Blacks came from the South looking for jobs and a better life. However, they found unemployment and despair. The Watts Riots began on the evening of August 11,
LouisCincinnatiPhiladelphiaBostonand New York City to pursue jobs in newly established manufacturing industries; to cement better educational and social opportunities; and to flee racial segregationJim Crow Lawsviolence and racial bigotry in the Southern states.
This wave of migration largely bypassed Los Angeles.
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In the s, in the Second Great Migrationblack Americans migrated to the West Coast in large numbers, in response to defense industry recruitment efforts at the start of World War II. The President Franklin D.
Roosevelt administration had issued an Executive Order directing defense contractors not to discriminate in hiring or promotions, opening up new opportunities for minorities.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, Los Angeles Watts riot been geographically divided by ethnicity. In addition, they found themselves excluded from the suburbs and restricted to housing in East or South Los Angeleswhich includes the Watts neighborhood and Compton.
Such real-estate practices severely restricted educational and economic opportunities available to the minority community.
Davenport Builders, for example, Watts riot a large developer who responded to the demand, with an eye on undeveloped land in Compton. What was originally a mostly white neighborhood in the s increasingly became an African-American, middle-class dream in which blue-collar laborers could enjoy suburbia away from the slums.
In a thinly-veiled attempt to sustain their way of life and maintain the general peace and prosperity, most of these suburbs barred black people, using a variety of methods. White middle-class people in neighborhoods bordering black districts moved en masse to the suburbs, where newer housing was available.
The spread of African Americans throughout urban Los Angeles was achieved in large part through blockbustinga technique whereby real estate speculators would buy a home on an all-white street, sell or rent it to a black family, and then buy up the remaining homes from Caucasians at cut-rate prices, then sell them to housing-hungry black families at hefty profits.
The Rumford Fair Housing Act, designed to remedy residential segregation, was overturned by Proposition 14which was sponsored by the California real estate industry, and supported by a majority of white voters. Psychiatrist and civil rights activist Alvin Poussaint considered Proposition 14 to be one of the root causes of black rebellion in Watts.
Parker was appointed and sworn in as Los Angeles Chief of Police. After a major scandal called Bloody Christmas ofParker pushed for more independence from political pressures that would enable him to create a more professionalized police force. The public supported him and voted for charter changes that isolated the police department from the rest of the city government.
In the s, the LAPD was promoted as one of the best police forces in the world. Despite its reform and having a professionalized, military-like police force, William Parker's LAPD faced repeated criticism from the city's Latino and black residents for police brutality —resulting from his recruiting of officers from the South with strong anti-black and anti-Mexican attitudes.
Chief Parker coined the term " Thin Blue Line ", representing the police as holding down pervasive crime. When Rena Price reached the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and th Street that evening, she scolded Frye about drinking and driving, as he recalled in a interview with the Orlando Sentinel.
Backup police officers attempted to arrest Frye by using physical force to subdue him. After community members reported that police had roughed up Frye and kicked a pregnant woman, angry mobs formed. Police came to the scene to break up the crowd several times that night, but were attacked when people threw rocks and chunks of concrete.
Later that day, Los Angeles police chief William H. Parker called for the assistance of the California Army National Guard. Governor Pat Brown declared that law enforcement was confronting " guerrillas fighting with gangsters".
Sergeant Ben Dunn said: Angered over the police response, residents of Watts engaged in a full-scale battle against the law enforcement personnel.
Rioters tore up sidewalks and bricks to hurl at Guardsmen and police, and to smash their vehicles. Arson and looting were largely confined to local white-owned stores and businesses that were said to have caused resentment in the neighborhood due to low wages and high prices for local workers.
All residents outside of their homes in the affected areas after 8: Eventually nearly 3, people were arrested, primarily for curfew violations."Blood makes noise." —Susanne Vega.
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Focus on international illustrated books and Surrealism. Watts Riots. During and before WWII, Watts had a huge population boom.
Thousands of Blacks came from the South looking for jobs and a better life. Apr 25, · *Solved: Cases in which there has been an arrest or criminal filing. In two of the cases, police concluded their investigation without an arrest. Of the 36 riot-related homicides, 23 remain unsolved. Note: The ages, names and locations are from .
Apr 25, · *Solved: Cases in which there has been an arrest or criminal filing. In two of the cases, police concluded their investigation without an arrest. Of the 36 riot-related homicides, 23 remain unsolved. Note: The ages, names and locations are from . The Watts riots, sometimes referred to as the Watts Rebellion, took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 16, On August 11, , Marquette Frye, an African-American motorist on parole for robbery, was pulled over for reckless driving.
A minor roadside argument broke out, and then escalated into a fight with police.