Cause and Effect
In the American summers of 1964 – 1967 the black Americans were fed up of no change. They had no jobs and were poor. They had protested peacefully for ten years and nothing had changed. John F Kennedy had been killed. The blacks figured they had nothing to lose so they just started protesting in the country’s major cities. At the time of the riots the Black Civil Rights movement was breaking into two groups, Martin Luther King and followers that wanted to have a good place in American society and to do this needed the co – operation of whites. The other side began black power and felt they couldn’t rely on white people. The blacks in the ghettos didn’t have jobs. If they did have one it was generally low paid and unskilled because they didn’t have a good enough education. Most were janitors, garbage men, freight handlers, watchmen or elevator operators. They were working jobs that paid little more than the Social Security payments for the unemployed. They didn’t see the point in working and because they weren’t paid barely enough to live on they couldn’t pay for their children to go to university or to do a course so they could get a skilled job so the blacks were just in a cycle of poverty. John F Kennedy was killed and that upset the blacks because he had promised them change and was going to make life better for them, help them get jobs and good housing. Blacks voted for him hoping for change. The blacks lost their leader, the one who was helping and leading them. They figured since he was gone they would just have to get change for themselves but it would be more violent. Martin Luther King had led the blacks through various protests but they still weren’t being treated right and they had had enough, for the past 10 years they had protested peacefully without any major action. Martin Luther King wasn’t doing it the way they needed and after turning back at Selma he was criticised for being weak. The blacks needed to get...
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