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Watts Riots (Events)

"My mom, California's last flower child, loved her. She had a poster of her. You know the shot I'm talking about?"
"Flying over Watts in '73. Dumping out sacks of cash — her entire trust fund. She's giving the thumbs up, huge smile on her face, while millions rain down on the ghetto."
"Well, she had her heart in the right place."
"Riots ensued. She was arrested when she landed. Served a month in County jail."

The real week-long rioting in South Los Angeles occurred during the summer of 1965 and began soon after the arrest of a black motorist for drunk driving. But the larger causes of the riot, according to later investigations, included poverty, racism, and housing discrimination. There were no Watts II riots in 1973, and no one named Selma Hearst Rose ever dropped money from a helicopter onto the inner city, but Veronica and the new Hearst Free Press editor swap stories about this altruistic but misguided alumna.

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