Magazine June 22, 2020, Issue

Rioting, Again

Detroit, 1967 / Boston, 2020 (Detroit: Ullstein Bild via Getty; Boston: Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe via Getty)
‘The primary issue in Minneapolis is not the jobs, or the police or housing or anything like this’

In 1968, there were riots around the country following the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., with major episodes of political violence in Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Pittsburgh, Trenton, Washington, and Wilmington. The 1968 riots followed the summertime riots of 1967, which saw 43 dead and more than 1,000 injured in Detroit and 26 dead in Newark, and slightly less dramatic violence in Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Britain, New York City, Plainfield, Rochester, and Toledo — a total of 159 race riots in all. These followed still

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