The 1960s Riots Left Inner City Communities Devastated
The speaker is Dr. Bernard Anderson. I interviewed him in 1989 for my television series on the 1960s. He was and is extraordinarily insightful and a superb researcher. The interview opened my eyes to considering the long-term effects of the devastating inner-city riots that took place in the late 1960s. I was a cameraman who visited Detroit and Los Angeles after the riots. I believed that the destroyed stores and homes would be rebuilt. Some were. Some weren't. But Dr. Anderson's analysis of the long-term effects on the inner-city communities is so sad. I recently drove through inner-city Baltimore and I saw no pharmacies, no supermarkets, just fast food and liquor stores. All of the others had left. It is so challenging to live and raise a family in such an environment. When I consider the protests today and the small group of rioters, I wish/pray that they would stop destroying buildings and peacefully protest. I thanked Dr. Anderson for the time he gave me way back then for this interview.