From “Burn, Baby! Burn!” to Black Lives Matter–LA’s Watts Uprising 55 Years Later

This week, 55 years ago, the Watts Uprising in Los Angeles began amidst a traffic incident with a black motorist and the California Highway Patrol in the South Central neighborhood of the bustling city.



By the end of the week, 34 had been killed, hundreds injured, over $40 million in property damaged and destroyed, 16,000 national guardsmen and police deployed to quell the uprising and a new chapter in black radicalism began. A popular saying after Watts and after similar uprisings in in Detroit and Newark, NJ in 1967 became popularized– “Burn, baby! Burn!”

Green and Red dives into the Watts uprising and talks about parallels to 2020’s summer uprisings.

Author: Sparki

Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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