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AMST_final exam key terms-2 - 6. Marquette Frye Identify:...

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6. Marquette Frye Identify: On August 11, 1965, Marquette was driving his brother Ronald home. They were pulled over just outside of Watts by CHP officer Lee Minikus. A large crowd of onlookers began to form as Marquette resisted arrest for DUI. Watts already had growing racial tensions, especially with the police. As they saw Marquette seemingly got harassed by the police officer, they began throwing rocks and what not at the officer. Marquette, his brother Ronald, and their mother all got arrested. This eventually grew large enough to become the Watts Riots of 1965. At the end of five days of riots 34 people were dead and damage in excess of $40 million had destroyed the local community. This was the largest riot in Los Angeles history until the LA riots of 1992.Since this area was known to be under much racial and social tension, debates have surfaced over what really happened in Watts. Reactions and reasoning about the Watts incident greatly vary because those affected by and participating in the chaos that followed the original arrest were from a diverse crowd. Some blame social problems like unemployment and prejudice as the cause. It also exemplifies the relationship between minorities and the police in Los Angeles. Significance: ( from lecture notes and the book “Catching Hell in the City of Angels” ) The arrest of Marquette Frye was a start point of 1965 Watts Riot. Watts Riot was a Black-White thing which presents their tension of class nature. Watts Riot marked the full maturation of South Central Los Angeles as a Black ghetto. ( “Catching Hell in the City of Angels” p.35 ). Watts Riots was not only about poverty. Elected officials became quick turnaround of African American expectations in officials. The Watts riots became a very significant part of L.A.’s history because it represented all of the tension and hatred that minorities felt towards whites, especially white police officers. The police corruption in Los Angeles had created so much tension that the people needed a way of rebelling. Though this instance in itself was not large, it allowed something that had been kept simmering under the surface to burst out and led to the burning of many buildings, violence in the streets, and a great deal of other city damage. People broke into stores and stole whatever they could, and firemen were blocked from reaching fires and doing their jobs. As well as this, white motorists were beaten up for no reason other than the fact that they were white and minority oppression had faced a tough enough time having to watch whites drive through their
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This note was uploaded on 05/19/2010 for the course -2 20101 taught by Professor Georgesanchez during the Spring '10 term at USC.

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AMST_final exam key terms-2 - 6. Marquette Frye Identify:...

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