Sunday, July 23, 2017

There's A Riot Going On!

It was 50 yrs. ago today ...
The 1967 Detroit Riots were among the most violent and destructive riots in U.S. history. By the time the bloodshed, burning and looting ended after five days, 43 people were dead, 342 injured, nearly 1,400 buildings had been burned and some 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops had been called into service.
N.P.R. talks to former Sen. Fred Harris, last surviving member of the Kerner Commission L.B.J. established to ... to ... uh, well, not really to get at any truth, anyway.
HARRIS: Well, the president got bad information. Somebody from inside the commission leaked a copy of the report in advance. And a member of the Congress who was his real close friend read it, called the president and said to him, this report is just going to ruin you. It encourages and condones riots, and it doesn't have a good word to say about anything you've done on civil rights and against poverty. That was all wrong, but the president believed it. And so he canceled the formal meeting we'd set up to deliver the report and he rejected it.

SIEGEL: He disowned the report of the very commission that he had established is what you're saying.
Just fuck Lyndon ("I'd look like a pin-dick if I pulled outta 'Nam") Johnson, y'know?


mikey said...

The Detroit riots were insane. National guardsmen in armored vehicles hosing down a major american city with .50 caliber machine guns. The only truly amazing thing is they didn't call in any air. The next round of urban riots/insurgency will feature Apache gunships and drones armed with small air-to-ground rockets they can put right through specific windows....

M. Bouffant said...

Slightly Paranoid Editor:
They have had 15+ yrs. on the other side of the world to practice killing urbanites. And would you put it past D.J. “If we have them [nukes], why can't we use them?" Trump to use a tactical nuclear weapon against an American city?