Newark Burning

Submitted by ub on Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:50

It was 50 years ago today that racial protests, which turned into riots began to break out in New Jersey’s largest city. It all started with fake news that a black cab driver had been killed by the police.

When it was over, dozens were dead, hundreds were injured, and city blocks were razed by fire.
50 years after Newark riots, city leaders chart path ahead

Although I was not living in Newark at the time, our family lived across the river in Kearny but since my mom was employed as a social worker at St. Michael's Hospital, we had to travel there for the duration. I saw a city burning and witnessed hatred and bitterness close up, like my days of yesteryear during a Russian communist-backed revolution.

Here those directly affected by what happened to share their memories of those days and what’s happened since in the relationship between the police and that community. Five Days of Unrest That Shaped, and Haunted, Newark

Toward a new city, with more justice in its criminal justice system. Blueprint for a New Newark

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