August 14, 2011 • 11:57 AM
WILL RIOTS LIKE THE ONES IN BRITAIN SOON HAPPEN IN THE U.S.?
Spontaneous and not-so-spontaneous urban riots are not uncommon in the United States. Class-warfare riots reminiscent of the French Revolution like those taking place in Britain, however, are not an American phenomenon; but are they about to become one?
From the 1909 Greek Town riots in Omaha to the 1965 Watts and 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, U.S. riots have occurred when incidents involving ethnicity or race have set off pent-up anger and frustration. They got out of hand when people took advantage of those situations to loot stores and attack innocent victims. (More)
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