On This Day in Black History: 1965 Watts Riots

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Via: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

After two Black brothers were arrested at a traffic stop, over the course of six days over thirty people died in the 1965 riots in Watts. What has changed in Watts since 1965?

“Governor Pat Brown found that the riot was a result of the Watts community’s longstanding grievances and growing discontentment with high unemployment rates, substandard housing, and inadequate schools. Despite the reported findings of the gubernatorial commission, following the riot, city leaders and state officials failed to implement measures to improve the social and economic conditions of African Americans living in the Watts neighborhood,” Civil Rights Digital Library.

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Slauson Girl is a South Central native who has a love for journalism, history and all things Hip-Hop. She holds a B.A in Critical Race & Gender Theory & a Minor in Journalism. Follow Me on IG @Slausongirl

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