Listed are major episodes of civil unrest in the United States. This list does not include the numerous incidents of destruction and violence associated with various sporting events. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about incidents of civil unrest, rioting, violent labor disputes, or minor insurrections or revolts in the United States.
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Spindly spires twinkle above the low rooftops of Watts. This part of Los Angeles is poor. At the metro station, black teenagers hang around hoping to cadge a used day-pass. At least they do until a police car turns up.
Rodney King was an African American motorist who inspired positive police reforms after he was brutally beaten by four members of the LAPD. Rodney King had an impact on the lives of everyone. He was an inspiration to most of the black African Americans.
He argues the uprising marks a full change:. The uprising in Watts was a milestone marking the previous era from what 16 was to come. For blacks it marked the rise of black nationalism, as blacks revolted against police brutality. But what began as a black revolt against the police quickly became a police revolt against blacks. White backlash proved to be more potent than what had given it impetus, black nationalism.