How Hot Is Watts?

Title

How Hot Is Watts?

Description

An article that reexamines the "Watts Rebellion" 7 years after the fact, noting that the flood of "investigations that came to Watts loaded with government grants" often failed to view black Watts residents "as anything more than objects to be analyzed, and abstract figures on a statistician's chart."

The article offers a brief history of black migration into Watts, accounts of the 1965 events, and immediate aftermath, but the majority of the article focuses on the poor conditions since 1965 that have stayed the same or even worsened, including unemployment, police practices, drug use, disease, public housing, and education.

Date

August 4, 1972

Creator

Ofari, Earl

Subject

Watts 1965, McCone Report, Unemployment, Education, Public Health, ACLU, Police Brutality, Los Angeles Police Department, Community Redevelopment Agency, Watts Community Labor Action Committee, HUD, State Welfare System, Welfare Rights Organization

Publisher

Los Angeles Free Press

Identifier

scl000005

Files

scl000005001-004.pdf

Citation

Ofari, Earl, “How Hot Is Watts?,” Watts Collection, accessed August 22, 2019, http://watts.library.lmu.build/cms/items/show/5.