The Watts Riot

“Lyndon Johnson immediately understood that the Watts uprising would foster a white backlash against the civil rights movement and his Great Society.  He tried to distance himself from the LA events, delaying the announcement of a planned national urban policy so that it would not be seen as a concession to rioters.” (pg 215)

This small confrontation turned into a riot of roughly thirty five-thousand people.  The L.A police department could not subdue this mass riot alone and had to be reinforced by sixteen thousand national guard soldiers.  The riot resulted after five days of the Voting Rights Act.      This scale of hatred in L.A of racial inequality was on a completely new level with this violent riot.  Thirty four people were killed during this riot and four thousand had been arrested.  This riot was a whole new level of liberalism.