It's a meme that keeps getting repeated, and it's false. They did not trash anything of their own. They did not damage their own property.
From their viewpoints, they trashed property in the neighborhood BELONGING TO OUTSIDERS.
The net result is their being relocated elsewhere, with new stuff bought by the government for them. Via Section 8, they are likely to be relocated NEAR YOU.
>>It’s a meme that keeps getting repeated, and it’s false. They did not trash anything of their own. They did not damage their own property.<<
You are 1/2 right. They trashed their NEIGHBOHOODS, not their own stuff. Many/most of those neighborhoods never rebuilt and now people have to drive for miles even for basic groceries and items.
As for Section 8, that has been around for gar too long and has indeed resulted in some neighborhoods going downhill. But that isn’t directly a result of the riots.
I lived there my whole life — I know.