The Los Angeles Riots of 1965 Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on the significance of the 1965 Los Angeles riots.
# 145657 | 1,539 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 21, 2010 in African-American Studies (1950-Present)

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The paper discusses how the 1965 Los Angeles riots brought to light all that was wrong with the neighborhood of Watts and similar communities. The paper explains that the neighborhood of Watts represented the epitome of everything that African-Americans wanted to overcome, and therefore the arrest of one man fueled the flames of an underlying tension that grew from persistent neglect. The paper also considers that the riots were bringing to light a stronger, more aggressive voice from within the African-American community. The paper concludes with the assertion that the negative impact of the riots should not outweigh the positive result of opening a nation's eyes to the oppression that lurked within communities.

From the Paper:

"The riots of Los Angeles that occurred in 1965 are some of the most memorable and significant riots because they represent generations of turmoil coupled with decades of efforts to reach peace, which seemed to no avail. One could argue that the final result of the riots was destruction and, on the surface, this might be true. However, the riots were positive in that they brought attention to one of the most difficult problems in America - the problems of the poverty-stricken their plight to rise above their circumstances. Many critics consider the riots as the result of the black power movement, an attempt for African-Americans to rediscover their "cultural roots" (Davidson 1172). Davidson observes that it is ironic how "just as the civil rights movement broke down the legal barriers to integration, the black nationalistic movement pressed for new forms of segregation, thought now based on lack pride rather than racial inferiority" (1172). Regardless of the basis, the Los Angeles riots of 1965 were the result of a "reservoir of frustration and despair" (1173) that was alive and well in the ghettos."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bailey, Thomas. The American Pageant. Lexington: D. C. heath and Company. 1994.
  • Cater, Richard. "Recalling Watts: The Mother of all Urban Uprisings." New York Amsterdam News. August 1998. Information Retrieved January 25, 2009. EBSCO Resource Database.
  • Daivdson, James, et al. Nation of Nations. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing Compnay. 1990.
  • Lowery, Charles. and Marszalek John. "From Emancipation to the Twenty-First Century." 2003. The African-American Experience. Greenwood Publishing Group. Information Retrieved January 25, 2009.
  • Page, Clarence. "Looking Back at an Era of Riots." Oakland Tribune. August 2005. ProQuest Resource Database. Information Retrieved January 25, 2009. <>

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