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Unformatted text preview: These three arrests were made Friday at lOéthfindi RGCK THROWER caoght hurling rocks at pa‘ssing Avalon after rocks were thrown at passing police cars.‘ whites. re abruptiy_incarcer_aied by 'bigfilfifQjops. . --. _._. _, w... -m...—..- - .-~.....V AI Tell" Stanley low (IOII’OI'S NOI’I: Vet-r.- mull. Manhood VI; SIIH‘tI‘IIO‘ in CI! ' v“ the ildwtlth bl: I‘m-n {In sum. end on the CI! Net-eel: duh, Mk comm-hunk. cover-q. 0! Old Iraq“ HlI eye-wine” elpeileucu on n- ' 1 —hr'— (XCLUSIVIL'I—ir-fln INYINIL by col-lulu Smoky hbo emu.) ‘ By HOWARD MOREHEAD _As a. wprklng cameraman and as a veteran of the Air Force, I've s‘een a lot of trag- edy in my time but, quite honestly, I never expeéted to see what I've- seem on the «4 map-pr ppm-«w mam: swealed hmvil y. But I had no all thin. Many ol the held-In cent“ by . Moe-had van Ind locally .- In" W -1uIn-n4LmU-n ymu__¢gyu._ u_c§a.y,_it was _ quite obviou turn on me, I fiwented, and the guts enough to ask ‘why' derstand. This didn‘t have to thmn. ' ‘ Unfortunately. many of With” all “‘0 tmswyi them had been misinfonned there's " b“ 0‘ humor: ' an to the reasons behind this One ‘looter,' while- I wen eruption of violence and pub- pvhowgrnphing an not of van- !“ W ' mfléflwdm [email protected]_m¥_&m___ llrthat-the oral-talk “matched: ._-_-_____ a. egroes, The were there nlght, baby? I cause the had b ca] In another store where I ."__._."_‘}L- - _ wan filming actual. scenes of To nay that during all of ” _ . looting, it man shouted nt me: this I was not frightened "H6Wnrd. don't shoot until would not be true. It‘sln thr— trouble really from the mob. The most trouble I receiv 'erm the police and Na. tional Guard,.Early on Sat that the- young guardsmen were frightened and did no know what they were doing Some did not even know )1on to challenge me or ask me for identification. One youn lieutenant, standing righ next. to me as I photographed a. scene, asked me: ‘ I get out of herel. “ , . 7" rible feeling to see fire, vio— What are 3"” doing. lence. and looting running With a camera whirling i" rampant. particularly" whenl MEDlTATION ”,ng hand. “- >30°m°d 0bVi°“3' you'know thnt much.’o( thel When you in ‘than' of n the eye of a v} lme FT?“*HW1“"““4J‘WY* . vise—whieh‘haa hu—xbnmrxmnnzlthnutuenet. tle.‘I salw acts of heroism by into the mght: I became,.h_on~ and of tomorrow without: Negroes whoxdiflr not join imestly, more frightened for my 1m fear. you are on the-told to the rule 52.1,}; mob, I wit- welfare because the lice ,5 “mod acts oil—vandalism by and noldien; becnmg much people who would not normal- more ed ”5 “me wore "n' was stop more 0 on. streets of Los Angeles during th past few days. I saw a. city under siege ded in things w ich the RVGI‘RKO Caucasian iloenn't lln- Kllflfflfl. 15; be involved in such ac- tions. I saw men, members of the National Guard. police. 0(- ficers, and average citizens. .hometimes three times within iii. single block, many times in View of those who had just alike, ‘Irightened and, con-imp?“I m“; ‘ fused. I saw' fire.',burning' I saw Aegmmvned innu- away the fruits of year: of nun-sea, with cnulcly lettered hard work. I 31w (1th star- signs in their windows. in den- ing abruptly into my face 0 [95mm “Hem?” “7 kN‘l’ the many occasions from the hapllootem and the wreckers, rel of riot guns in the handsifi’l‘m dimmlllllll lht‘ir pl‘OlW!‘-‘ l l of nervous law enforcement officers and soldiers. Saturday until wny pant mm. Suntlztv, I lived hours which -l‘ll heifer—be ‘ri/ble—to wipe from my mind as long as l livc_ I spent the time actual- ly photographing men and women looting stores, fires raging out 'of control. and miles and miles of the city in :1 stab: of mass chn‘os. _ At one fire location. I saw n man start a. blaze and an- other Negro run in behind him ’nnd stamp out the fire. rixking his own life in n vnl- innt .ntlvmpt lo snve the burning property. in Walla; n young Negro girl. :1 member of the mob. shouted at me: L'You nct infill like 'whitcy'." “What do I look like '.’" was my rejoinder. For n few minutes. when it looked like the mob might In short, I saw a'ciiv dy—f in . E'ROM ABOUT noon on, ty. Some of the signs spelled, chgru" lurm‘ri-vlly nud such clenu-uln'ry words as "bush nous." i 1 crinuuan 21 mn fire at»; lpzn‘tmcnt hook and ladder lol got an oven-nil aerial view oil |lhe llm'nc and damage. At! 'fine pulnt. ncnr Vernon nndl Central. the smoke from a: fire became so xtrong that ll mimoat became overcome. ‘ ' in many cases. the cooirr-i ation I received from the Fire" Bevat‘tmont rind l‘olime wnsl oumtnndin At 77th Streetl II‘ohce Station; I was O‘LQ‘I‘L‘VJI u. shirt by n police officer; mine wan so badly dnmaged. (l was in jeans, boots. zuid an old shirt riding in a friend of} gmine'n truck) The firemen: :llt‘lpt‘d me get shots by ink-l 'lng me up on their rigs and ii spent much time “ham-ring. questions {mm membeu of the anionnl Guard who hnd 'i An nverngezhmrricun uni-n 8.1 ordinary pencils czil- endAr year. K l {mm . Mf‘rhunsom Auouh’ 19'. ms .i.;~.v,'.r :4 - 4°! ANGItIfi. “L". “7" _ . . ,;:-,1j§- gen; _. y The I ting? Builiiir ,‘e'seiieié"mfséir-ress‘écting New on. . miners deplotetheburning andtshootingSrandi-its. staggering- toll in human lives. snd‘pmpertydamage yrhich sieged our city last week- o_kn0\g_ the need ofproperizgydeiii'orc? . _ pentxto- protect all of our citizens . . . . r» But'now that the crest of this surging racial {”0 N I. at. - I ' the underlying reas then 5%}; iorways and means 'to prevent its recur. matte-.- ,”-.:.- "I“ r ~‘W . .. .. 1- }.The' "dam and thermiswhich triggered the riot lastfl‘edn'eeday“ night were only incidental. Because the ' ' gml {Whetstmomdmz in- "15543 "'I b 0.0: I’ — Huestlaningsmong the mess: who know that our newe- paperisf'fin their corne " haverevealed these deep-seated motivation: behind the asunderzzi . . _ , .Mhss unemployment in. Watts. (Over 34%' of all adults jobless). _. . - u.“ ' - O Bitter resentment in minority areas against Police Chic! Parker and his constantly expressed and apparently n 'ms“goc u'-.-"" - ' Identical!) us with _ _. I__ the words “Negro. people" or "Neg'ras" which erepresent' ~i;he-tr'z«1d¢':'rixzi.‘rks or racial insults utilized- by biased Southerner-s is deeply resented.) O Inferior housing andfp‘lum conditions in many areas. " O Sub-istandand and. almost isolated schooling in some sections. . ' " . ’ ( Dropouts with no skills and no pm“ 13r— {Faint— lng. ' - . O Distrust of whites (sometimes motivated by the hatred shown them by whites in the deep Dixie towns from \ghence they come.) 0 Rejection and anxiety over the future for themselv. es and their children. O'Distrust over political power plays which are hold ing up some help from anti-poverty programs. 0 Broken and unkept promises by politicians. ’V The‘ political background reverts to the days when Yofiy Was—campaignih’g‘Mr‘the mayoralty. He'then ad-- '-?mitted that Yolice Chief P_ kcr had done a poor job of publicqelatlons—in-the-Negro;commumty..Negroes voted __ st;ng.mnl #140436 ,3 neighbore-tn-db_.the same. #wYortydn—iwholesaluumbersnsmrtly after ,the elcction!“ however, Yorty said he was "100%" with Parker. In all fairness. a little progress has been made. But still thaeis no Negro police on tain in the de artment. And frankly, the image of the police department :in the eyes of most of the Negro communitstJLiLhsz._. . Mninly ofibuildings, the looting: ‘ ' "xis'behind this tragic'disastertfid'w .- . areup which virtually tore the city— .- *0" pretty _ -complimted_bu8i- uess. First. there's the problem_of getting decent housing — and on' a limit- ed income. that can be like buying a Rolls Royce with because our. masses of law Abidin citizens are convinced trading stumps. If you rent? mostly through person expenences:t a -l icemen you may hare some prob- o no rea em wx 6 some rcs t-and courtesy that lems with your landlord; if accorded law-a iding c: in the major white commu- ni ~ ‘ On the police isssue, it is generally conceded that the Begging lower EEEZE 1h cling to reflect the philosophy and practices of the with at the top. Thus. it the po lC(‘ officer on the a does not lieve that the Chief has-a dedicate‘cLSense of fairness and impartiality to Negroes, he would not be inclined to,troet eVen law-abiding minority citizens with respect and courtesy. ' ' - .. .2 - Reflecting the sentiments'ot the "man on the street" in - was. were\Louis firoen and' Ralph Reese, who live- with these problems every day, at a press conference at the Ambassadorifr'idny. ' “We helped to elect Yorty . but now he sends Billy Mills or a pastor. Why doan’t he come to Watts himself e- min "a with thme nroblans? It the Gov. of Louisiana youuare n router. you may have some difficulties with your tenants. It you own a home. or wnut to. there‘s always the complicated tasks of financing. And i! you want to improve or re- model your home,.you may find yourself playing a game for which you don't know all the rules. Recognizing that. up to now. there had been no central clearinghouse for housing information in the city. the e-_ ..... -. u-..-:nn F“; Lee Angela Ur- .. BADGE oF INSUL'E‘ r Urban League “—7 IVWESLEY R. BRAZIER ‘ "*6— ' ..l_...__.s .. VWe're proud of this new. be,__ 00. service._a_nd hope you it. ~ Lefiers 7‘0 The £di7‘or._'.. 5;. To the Editor: er for the Boy Scouts 0! America, Green Meadows Dist. I serve as area com- niimioner.‘ perforating serv- ice for some 15 scout units in an area that begins with Imperial Hwy. on the north to Rosecrans on the south. and from“l-‘igueroa St. on the west to Alameda on the cast. I have for three‘yeam met with‘ the families in their homes or at‘ their-f: monthly meeting. sharing their problem end helping necessary from the district. ,1 {In—1‘s. vameerhworkim Rah-the top GM? ‘ achieve progress them get solutions when‘ a l l ‘ he tried to lead the for: l Whit has Yorty done i in ii 'Wnr on Nverty"! In a'word: the minori' groups were a pOWer in i electing Yorty. How has redeemed his campni promises? y The Highway Patrol h p the moat impeccable reco ‘ of any police in the Sta'i When a Highway Patni man- was stacked a! abused for fulfillment “ his duty in arresting Q drunk driver, did our Mal 'or function like the May} n! an. n!- "in Invent rs? ‘ ' , i personnel lower down is inclined to reflect the philosophy and prsctieee of the man at the top. Thus, it the police officer on the beat does not believé that the Chief has s dedicatediense of fairness and impiftialit‘y‘f‘tb‘ Negroes," he would not be inclined to. treat even law-abiding minority citizens with respect and courtesy. Meeting the sentiments of the "man on the street" in ' Mani-slums .Green and’ Ralph Reese, who livo with ' these problems every day. at a press conference at“ the‘ AmbmsdorsFrlday. -"We helped to elect Yorty . but now he sends Billy Mills or a. pastor. Why doesn’t he come to Watts himself to help us with these problems? It the Gov. of Louisiana can go to a Louisiana city to help with a racial problem, wh . Yort that he can ’1: come to he] . us?" one asked. Womt Parker-toicome—outoto help us . HIM to come i. . . and remember out at 77th St Station they are stopping only Negroes . . . not the whites. Why "" , the other asked.“ When asked by a reporter why he and other elected leaders shouldn't go out and try to pagify the citizens. Con. “Gus" Hawkins replied that men like Mayor Yorty and Chief Parker who are partly responsible 101' conditions such as‘they’are should themselves be concerned enough to go out there personally and help withtheir solutions. f‘We can't-keep'making promises to those citizens out there thEt'We can't fulfill oiirselves‘,"}_lawklns said, He was charging the Mayor's with delay in giving the 1‘ a Anti-Poverty program the “green light" and the lack of other action by city officials to aid people in the Watts “area: . ' Another amazing man: the riot is that Chic! Parker said in a press television interview that he has been anil- cipating such an outbreak. for nearly a year. and for that *muomspeanio. 000 of the1 c1 ty_s _r_nopey_ “to _pr_o_tect the . policemen." .-However. at press interviews during that pe- riod, he has denied claims of critical racial. relations. '“jjn our city, 11, moreover, on a. TV show he failed to advise the public of anything he has done during that period to try to prevent the riot and to insure the protection of the citizens. 1 f,— And the majority reectgn from our community that ’ Chief Parker's‘comments on the radio not only did not offer any solution to the problem; but his remarks definitely brought about another deterioration of image of the police do rtmént to minority areas. . Unforturiately, some white policemen come into minority neighborhoods reflecting a chip on both shoul- ders by their? attitudes. Sensing this. Negroes also put . up their psychological defenses and sometimes the . spark is ignltcdehites'just cannot nude-island this, _ because yo117havo‘lo be a Negro to actually experience -' this hostility which is reflected by police toward even ;,law-abidin‘g minority citizens. However, Leonard C. Moffitt of Neuport Bench,- in a letter to the Times Wednesday should 1g1ve his . -iellow-ciiizens something to really think- about the fol- lowing statement captioned “Ashamed ’: , “I 11111 White. But I am- sshamcd. Ashamed of the self-righteous statements issued by 11 hite officials this weelft-nd as they cast blnmc for Los Angcles‘ insurrec- tion on everyone except where it belongs: namely on us whites. ‘ Who voted last November to keep Negroes in ghettos so that white landlords and sealtors could pro— -- ~' fit fmm—Negmes'- being disadvantaged- in the housing market? Who is making a disgraceful political boon- dogglc out of the local 11ar-on-poveriyprogrnn1? Who hires Negroes last and fires them that? Who has for generations treated Negroes with cohtempt and laugh— ' ed at sick jokes with them on the butt end? W ho else except the whites—11c Cnilfoxnin whites, \1e educated affluent, ciVic-minded.“Christian"11i11tes' .‘u Certainly, it is easy to blame “criminal (-lements' .: or a "hoodlum fringe." or even the Communists. when “f; what is called for is game really deep soul-scorching. . -‘-‘.W_e_. whites might really dcsewe- worse then “9 got." «4: What. is -the. panacea {or all this? Slop charging that police brutality was not a. factor in the riot—1111 $111310: _Yorty_: save—and; give. Gov. Brown's 1121111- -‘ ppolntedcom‘miuion a chance to- ascertain the causes. Wie‘recommendations and act quickly tmcorrcct them. .21“ ”"M‘Brm we are sure, has the complete con- .AJA'...“ nl ulna-div Milena: in our Sill... \.. w _.._‘~1_- __ 1». find ..We want. uUIllt. UK WIHL W. ““5ch always the complicated tasks of financing. And i: you want to improve or 're- model your homely'ou may yourself playing a. game for which you don't know all the rules. ' Recognizing that. up to now. there had been no central clearinghouse for housing information in the city, the Los Angeles Ur- ban League’s Housing Coma mittee has opened a Hous- ing Counseling Office. The South Central Avenue (at Santa Barbara. Ave.),- 1.11 the Elks Temple Building. This" office. which is re? ceiving active cooperation from the office of Council: man Gilbert Lindsay. .is staffed by John Davies, . League Housing‘Program Director:-a corps of volun- ' teens, led by Mines. Willie 3, Johnson and _Alice Ellis and eight young equipped to ans'ner imme- diately any complex ques- tion that comes up in the field or housing. But the Urban League fl Housing Committee, under the 'chsirmanship of Sheldon C. Mays. feels that the office . will be able to locate the appropriate answer to al- most 'a”n_v_ question. This will mean that we will work closely with other agen-.. cies and" groups in the area of housing, —— particularly persons . from the Neighborhood . - Youth Corps. .. The office, of course. isn’t ‘ ice tor some .13 scout umu . inanmathstbeglnswith Imperial Hwy. on the north ho Rosecrans on the 'eouth and from ngeros. St. on the west to Alameda on the east. I have for three years 1 met with' the families in . their homes or at" their: monthly meeting, sharing. their problems and helping them get solutions when necessary {mm the district. In this area there are a- large number of persons 'ce—is--located—ab-4010_l£.t_h§_m!.¢ny clue. and many have no c6mmunicn~ tion with ministers o_r_ oth- er leaders in the commu nity What_ they do not have is an agency that will help them get a job. What they do not have is an un- derstanding with‘the'police: In scouting we are effec-' tive because we go into the homes togtalk with them and' meet .the reels .fientsmt intervals; I! ‘we can get the poverty...pr¢r' gram of! the ground it will help the job situation. It to-hesrt talks between the people and trained public- ‘ relations police represents- tlves we may,see a change in their altitude towards . the whole political and so- cial structure‘s. RICHARD H. THOMAS Chairman, Publicity To the Editor: ' In his term of ottice ’Whil. has Yorty tried to do '.to relieve the enormous the city1govemment snd’ overpopulation in Watts rem csentativ es of the Housing and Home nunce Agency. In a few cases. of course. the information desired will require extensive services of a prni‘cmional (“Does my house have termites"): in‘ that case, the office will refer- the client to~an ap- . propriate reputable group of professionals.“ Otherwise} there is aim; 1117.er no charge for the services of the housing counseling service. The oi- rlce is open daily from 9 ~ am. to 5 porn. Monday through Pridny‘. and soon will'be open-st other hours us Well. first. The telephone her is ADums 5-1818. Financial support for this ,ofl'ice has been generously thinstegi by several commu—- . nity.gmups. chief among them the Elks Temple and l-nmily Savings and Loan. Association. We hope 1ou “ill lake iull.sd1snt1i¢;c oi lhll unique community facility ‘ and urge your friends and F1; ‘ There is no need ' to make an Oppolntmerrb '11um- and other minority areas? Has .he tried. .to. dash ..___ thing? Or only direct his energies and our___ funds to reducing our already. seen: ty park areas? ‘(Elysisn Park?) ' What has Yorty done to overcome the false image of our great police force‘ss s gang of sadistic brutcs. which persists in the minds of minority“ groups? no there can be“ periodic. heart?— . electing Yorty. How has h-‘ redeemed his esnxpsigi ~promises? ~52 r—M The Highway Patrol 11s, the most impeccable recon; of any police in the Stati- When a Highway Patroil man was ,;attscked sol abused for fulfillment (1 his duty in arresting ; drunk ddver, did our Ma}; or function like the May; of one of the largest cli les in the world should; greatly? Or did he ”hit. and try to make the Higi' way Patrol the scapegoat~ -—t’or the-resultant ouLMa or’ s own ineptitude? Arter- sll,. it is obvie1 that unguided, uncontrolhi hoodlum are making l heyday of the situation looting, burning. shoothl at everyone trying to s them' -—= including ch Gregory. . Citizens of Lee Angel deserve a; myoé who .is: Lam.-1m'1 11 time to 1! .eell Yorty? ‘ MAW To the Editor Those who think 'th, the new voting rights lei will\ result in s. mun-l more Negro voters und1 estimate the power 0! e; trenched privilege' in if South. The rich will so, tinus to‘use W1, timidstlo‘rfiani _tl1e._po' whites will tin-8111511. phxl ical violence to keep it Negro from- .the polls. 5 Voting is more than rightJ'lt is a elvlc' duty. “should be made compulsoi r—as—it—is—in—myz—otll countries. If everyone 011 21 yesn old was requiil “by—Wwe-wmg have true democracy,i rule_ of all the people; the federal goicrnnui has power to draft only for; the. armedJoremi ‘certn...
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