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Because of its high visibility and patronage, the Hemming Park and surrounding stores were the site of numerous civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s. Black Sit-ins began on August 13, 1960 when students asked to be served at the segregated lunch counter at Woolworths, Morrison's Cafeteria and other eateries. They were denied service and kicked, spit at and addressed with racial slurs. This came to a head on "Ax Handle Saturday", August 27, 1960. A group of 200 middle aged and older white men (allegedly some were also members of the Ku Klux Klan) gathered in Hemming Park armed with baseball bats and ax handles. They attacked the protesters conducting sit-ins. The violence spread, and the white mob started attacking all African-Americans in sight. Rumors were rampant on both sides that the unrest was spreading around the county (in reality, the violence stayed in relatively the same location, and did not spill over into the mostly-white, upper-class Cedar Hills neighborhood, for example). A black street gang called the "Boomerangs" attempted to protect the demonstrators. Police, who had not intervened when the protesters were attacked, now became involved, arresting members of the Boomerangs and other black residents who attempted to stop the beatings.
We were far far worse off during the 60s.
Do a search on riots during the 1960s.
We made it out the 60s without a police state or martial law sweeping the country I think we're okay now.
No we were not worst off in the 60's simply because our police forces weren't a out of control who could get away with murder paramilitary outfit.
If you did a search what was the cause of the riots? It was because of official toleration of acts of uniformed brutality on black people and guess what? All that crap is happening again but on a larger scale.
e militarization of the police which was started by Reagan is just a way for the government to sidestep the laws keeping the military off our streets. The police should be stripped of everything they have gotten from the military
originally posted by: kwakakev
a reply to: Aleister
I have to keep the mouse cursor over the video for it to work for me. IDK...
As for the police state. Considering how America has advanced militarily, there is a lot to be conceded about as the local police militarize.