Resurget Cineribus: The Detroit Riots of 1943 and 1967
One can pick many instances in Detroit's last hundred years and conclude that the two riots of 1943 and 1967 were the presiding factor for this once great city's fatal turn. Detroit has come to be known as the Motor City due to its insurgence of the automotive industry, has been dubbed Detroit Rock City for its groundbreaking revolutionary music throughout the 20th century, and has even been hailed as Hockeytown for its euphoric love of the city's hockey king known as the Red Wings. While the city continues to be the automotive juggernaut of this nation, what with the Big Three GM, Ford, Daimler-Chrysler all located in and around suburban Detroit; its music industry still a hotbed among markets in the U.S, the largest per capita in the nation; and the Red Wings having one of the largest attendance grosses among its league for the better part of almost two decades, this city is a dying city. The events that led up to and after these riots spell a far greater concern for the future of Detroit, or what is left of her.
The causes of the riots were many: inadequate housing for both whites and blacks, the refusal of whites to work alongside blacks, racial segregation, unemployment, U.S involvement in the wars, and uneven distribution of housing for the masses. (Chuang 1) The results of each catastrophic when examined throughout the years, one of which became known as "white flight," the mass exodus of whites relocating to the Detroit suburbs.
Detroit's roots lie in its history. The city became a part of the Underground Railroad; therefore many of its settlers were enslaved blacks that would live in the already white community. (Chuang 1) This was the start of the racial tension and diversity that still attacks the city today. Detroit's population increased immensely during the first half of the 20th century, due to a massive influx of Eastern European and Southern migrants-both black and white- who came for...
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