Lessons For London From Newark

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In 1967, police arrested an African-American cab driver in Newark, N.J. setting off six days of rioting. Last week, the police fatally shot black Briton Mark Duggan; an event that many are calling the spark that ignited four days (to date) of rioting in the U.K. But do the similarities end there? Many would argue that the underlying causes of the 1967 Newark riots — rampant joblessness, alienation and racial disparity — are the same as those that incited riots in the U.K. this week, as well as the riots that overtook America's cities in the late 1960's.

Bob Herbert, distinguished senior fellow at Demos and former columnist for our partner, The New York Times, was living in neighboring Montclair in July 1967, and talks about the underlying causing of civil unrest.


Bob Herbert

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione

Comments [1]

Thrasher from America

Whenever the rule of law is not practiced equality it creates a reality of inequality clearly the unlawful killing of a human being is not a template for respect of the rule of law.

It is quite apparent that in the UK injustice and inequality are inbedded in the culture of the UK

Aug. 10 2011 09:16 AM

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