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Gary
Allen
and
Bill
Rich
ard
son
cov-eredtheLosAngelesviolenceonassign-
ment
for
AMERICAN
OPINION,
spendingmuchoftheirtimeactuallyinterviewingonthesceneintheriotousWattssectionofthecity.Mr.Allen,authorofthe
new
filmstrip,
CivilRights,
The
RedReconstruction
P,
andMr.Richardson,au-thorof
SlightlytotheRight,
arebothsouthernCaliforniabusinessmen.Mr.AllenisagraduateofStanford,Mr.RichardsonattendedtheCornishCon-servatory.Bothgentlemenlecturewide-lyandwell.
LOS
ANGELES
HellInThe
City
OfThe
.A.ngels
The
brawlinginWattsbeganearlyWednesdayevening,
Aug
usteleventh,afterawhiteofficerfromtheCalifornia
Highway
PatrolarrestedoneMarquetteFrye,twenty-one,onadrunk-drivingcharge.
The
suspect'smotherarrivedonthesceneandbeganberatingherson,whothenbecamebelligerent.
When
thePatrolmantriedtoreturntothepolicecar,themotherjumpedonhisbackandbeganrippinghisshirt.Bythistime,anangrycrowdhadgatheredandrockswerethrownattheautomobilebearingFryetojail.Later,weaskedanofficer,whowaspresent,ifthepoliceAs
WE
WALKED
through
thegaragehadusedabusiveracialslurs
during
theoftheLosAngelesPoliceDepartment,arrest,ashasbeenchargedbyapologistsmembersoftheCommunistDuBoisfortheriots.Theofficerreplied,
"If
Clubswerepicketingthefrontofthethereweretwo
hundred
ofthemandbuilding_protestingalleged"policefourofyou,wouldyoucall'embrutality"inWatts,asuburbofLosnames?"Angeles,wheretheworstsortof
What
happenednextisverysignifiviolencewasragingatthatverymo-cant,andhasnotbeenstressedbythement.
It
wasSaturdayafternoon,newsmedia.FollowingthearrestofAugustfourteenth,andthe
Watts
Frye,wholaterpleadedguiltytoallRiotshadbeengoingonsinceWednes-charges,afullthreehourspassedwithdaynight.outanymajorincident.
Then
violence
"This
thinghadtobeplanned.Iteruptedoveratwenty-square-milearea.fitsthepatterntooclosely.Itisright
Had
thethreehoursbeenusedto
sys-
outofCheGueveraandMaoTse-tung.tematicallyorganizetheriots?
There
is
Things
likethis
don't
g o
~ c w .
,
J b j s
longnoproof.Butwhythethree-hourdeunless
, ~ h e r e
ispolitical
~ d M l o h
"
: i n ~
,lay?
Was
thisriotpreparedinadvance,volved.
The
man
speaking
~
aM
awaitingonlyasignalincidenttobeginfriendofourswhoisawe
ll-knon
the
h o r r o
~ ?
That-islikely. broadcasterinLosAngeles.
Our
news-
~
.-..
~
man
friendknowsthescore,
but
heis
~ ,
-
.
. ~
Idiscreet.
NATIVE
-
CALIFORNIANS
areasking
"Will
thiswakeupthenewsmediathemselveshowthiscouldhappenhere.
to
whatisgoing
on?"
weenquired.While
Watts
ispredominantlyNegro,
He
shrugged."1hopetoGoditdoes,"itisanareamadeupofindividual hesaid.houses,andafarcryfromtherat-in-
SEPTEMBER,1965
1
 
fested,overcrowdedtenementsof
Har-
lem.
And
doesn'tCalifornialeadthecountryinsocialwelfareprograms?
And
don'twehavea
Fair
EmploymentPracticesCommissionwithstronglawstobackitup?
And
don'twehaveabenevolentGovernorwhohasmadeacareerofcateringtotheproblemsofminorities?
And
isn'ttheStateLegislaturepackedwithindividualswhobelievethatproblemsarebestsolvedbycombininglargedosesoftaxfundswithwelfareedict?
With
allthis,Californiansaskthemselves,howcouldtherepossiblybesuchhateinWatts?Geographically,WattsisanareaoftwentysquaremilesinsouthwesternLosAngeles,housingsome
300,000
people,ofwhomeightypercentareNegro.
It
isanareainwhichtwo-thirdsofthepeoplehavelessthanahighschooleducation,aplaceinwhichoneineightisilliterate
bychoice.
Evenwithaccesstofreeschooling,two-thirdsofthestudentsin
Watts
donottodaygraduatefromhighschool.
The
medianincomethereis
$4,365
perfamily;but,sixtypercentofthefamiliesareonwelfare,andthusmuchofthatmedianincomeistax-free.
If
theWelfareStateisthelandofmilkandhoney,as"Liberals"maintain,thenCaliforniaisParadiseandWattsisitscrowningglory.California'spoliticians,dispensingafreelivingtothenon-productiveattheexpenseoftheproductive,haveconstructedabeaconlightattractiontotheshiftless,bothblack
and
white,fromalloverthecountry.
The
indolentfromacrossthenationcometoCaliforniaandtakeprivatecharityuntiltheycanestablishtheresidencerequirementsforstate,county,andfederalwelfare.California'swelfaresystemisoneofthemostsuccessfulvote-buyingschemesofalltime.Ondayswhenthewelfarechecksare
handed
out
in
Watts,theLos
Angeles
Policemustaddextrapatrolsbecauseoftheincreaseindrunkennessanddis-
2
order;thebeersareonthetaxpayers.WattsisalsoaMeccafor
drug
peddlers,prostitutes,
and
gambling.ItisCalifornia'swonderfulwelfaresystemwhichhelpsthese"povertystricken"peopletoaffordsuchvices.
One
ofthemostflagrant
and
immoralofthelucrativemonstrositiestakenadvantageofbythepeopleofplaceslikeWattsisCalifornia'sAidtoDependentChildrenprogram.
This
littlecharacter-buildergoeslikethis:Everytimeawomanonwelfareproducesababy,shegetsmoremoneyinherwelfarecheck.
The
resultissubsidizedbastardy-oneformof"earning"aliving.Wheneversuchimmoralityismentioned,however,"Liberals"gointoconvulsions.
They
seemtobesayingthatifyouareopposedtoawoman
making
acareerofproducingillegitimatechildren,youhatekids.SeveralyearsagoinCaliforniaamidnightbedcheckwasmadeonarandomsamplingofsomeoftheseprofessionalmothers,anditwasdiscoveredthateightypercenthadamalecompanionfortheevening.But,nomoreinvestigationshavebeenmadeinWatts,orelsewhere,becauseCalifornia'sGovernorBrowndeclaredthatsuchinvestigationswereaninfringementontherightsoftheindividual.Youcanimaginethekindofsupervisionthatisgiventochildrenfromsuchanenvironment,andhowvulnerabletheyaretoagitation.
II
AFTER
THE
RIOTS
startedonWednesdaynight,Negroesin
Watts
closedintersectionsoveraneight-blockarea
and
beganhurlingstonesandbottlesatpassingcars.A
$10,000
c.B.S.newscarwasoverturnedandburned,andseveralnewsmenwereseverelybeaten.
"Get
Whitey!"themobsscreamed.
And
theydid.Weinterviewedapoliceofficer,StuartForbes,whohadbeenknifedin
AMERICANOPINION
 
Agrim
aura
afinsurrection
hangs
over
Watts
aslootersroomfree.
thebackthatfirstnight:
They
wereallaroundmeandtherewasnothingIcoulddo.Abig
guy
in
tbe
middleraisedhisarmtostrikeanotherofficer.Igrabbedhim,thenIfeltsomething
hitting
me.Ireachedbackandfeltthebloodrunningdown
my
back.AsIlookedbehindmetherewasnoonethere
but
acouple
of
women.Theknife
u/ound
wasaboutthreeinchesdeep.
...
I'lltell
y01I,
Ineverrealizedtherewereso
many
bricksandrocksin
Watts
.
Asthequiet
Th
ursdayafternoonmeltedintoevening,thetemporarycalm turnedintoasecondnightofstorm. Riotingcamewiththenightandraged longintothemorning.Aboutsixthou- sandNegroesmilled,ran,shouted, cursed,andfoughtsevenhundredpoliceofficers.Lootersbackedpickuptrucks
int
o
dozensof
stores
andha
uledaway
theirbooty.WilliamH.Parker,Chiefofthe
SEPTEMBER,1965
LosAngelesPoliceDepartment,nowrealizest
hat
hemadeamajorerror Thursdaynight."CivilRights"leaders, includingtheReverendH.
H.
Brookins,LouisLomax,and
Don
Smithof
e.O
.R.E.,
had
assuredtheChiefthatthehostilityin
Watts
hadarisenfrom"policebrutality,"andthatifonlyNe- gropolicemenweresentintotheareaandonly
unmarked
policecarswereused,therewouldbenomoreproblem.Parkerwasfurtherassuredbythe"Civil Rights"spokesmenthat,ifletalone,the rioterswoulddisperse.
The
Chiefgavethe"CivilRi
ght
s"leaders'proposalatry,withtheresult thatevenbiggerandmoreviolentmobs congregated.AsChiefParkerlatersaid,
"T
heyseemedtomissus,becausepretty soontheywerecallinginphonyemer- genciestolurethepoliceintothearea sotheycouldstonethem." Still,later,Parkerreferredtothe "CivilRights"advisersas"pseudo-
leaders
of
t
he
Negro
community
w
ho
can'tleadatall."
He
wentontostate thatthe"CivilRights"leaderswere
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