Questions about Civil Disorders

Class 9: 2/13

Readings
Yamahtta-Taylor, “A Culture of Racism”
“Two Societies” (documentary)
“Summary,” Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
Zelizer, “Fifty Years Ago, The Government Said Black Lives Matter”
Geary, “What the Kerner Report Got Wrong About Policing”

Questions
1. What different claims are embodied in the various terms used to describe the [civil disorders / riots / rebellions] of the period from 1965-1972?
2. What different explanations did politicians, commentators, and participants advance to explain these events?
3. What were the roles played by the police?

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