Riot in Watts (1965)

National Guard And Fires In Watts Riots Named after a Los Angeles neighborhood, the Watts Riots took place over six days beginning on August 11, 1965.  This event occurred just four days after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which was seen as the conclusion or outcome of the Selma campaign.  The inciting incident was one involving police using excessive force on an African American man—people took to the streets by the thousands in protest.  The Watts Riots differed greatly from other marches and protests in that it was not meant to be peaceful or put together; this was an expression of frustration and anger.  Unlike the Selma incident, the coverage of the Watts Riot aired by NBC was carefully pieced together to feature images of burning buildings, African Americans being taken away in handcuffs, and police surveying the damage.


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