Skip to comments.Chicago and Baltimore: Martin Luther King Riots (April 6, 1968)
Posted on 04/06/2008 5:30:04 AM PDT by Nextrush
Tributes poured out from all over the world in honor of Martin Luther King with Father George Clements of Chicago saying King "is a saint" and "should be canonized."
Meanwhile on the streets of Chicago rioting broke out after King's death.
Three thousand National Guard troops were initially deployed as many fires burned on the West Side of the city. Dozens were injured by rocks thrown at their cars or by gangs on the streets.
Bricks were thrown at firefighters trying to put out the flames and stores were looted.
Mayor Richard Daley called on President Johnson for regular Army troops and five thousand were sent to reinforce the National Guard.
11 black people were killed and some 18-hundred arrests were made.
Meanwhile in Baltimore violence broke out around 5pm in the afternoon of Saturday April 6th, 1968. It continued on Sunday morning the 7th.
Hundreds of fires were set and 6,000 thousand National Guard troops were called out. Snipers fired from four different locations in Baltimore.
Firefighters were unable to douse fires that spread as they had to retreat from snipers and or the stones and bottles that wre thrown at them.
In the end, 5-thousand regular Army troops were also sent to Baltimore to help restore order.
Rioting and other acts of violence were reported in over 100 cities following the King assassination.
Must have been angry they did not get a chance at his hookers.
I was there on the West side of Chicago when it burned. My father was up on the roof of our apt. building wetting it down. We were the last white family in the neighborhood and it was scary. Great tribute to a man of peace.
Good point. The DBM never reveals the criminal acts committed by said minority. Almost anything will touch off their tribal predisposition toward theft, arson and vandalism. We’re in store for more in the coming months.
More like a fitting irony.
“She recalls how the neighbors she thought were her friends turned on them.”
Yep, it’s like stepping on a fire ant mound. The problem is that in order to kill the queen, we have to stop subsidizing out-of-wedlock births and welfare entitlements.
I was there too where the Puerto Rican riots also took place in that scorching summer of 1968, Damen,Milwakee and North Ave.
Was on streets past curfew imposed by Daley and told by store owner that there was in fact an order to shoot those that would not comply with Police intructions.
I was an almost 18 college freshman and had driven a car load of folks home for Easter in the D.C. suburbs in Maryland. Got within a few blocks of the house and couldn’t get off the Beltway because troops from Ft. Meade were using New Hampshire Avenue as their route into D.C. Everybody else got out of the car and walked the rest of the way.
The left excused and encouraged the violent riots. The left really wants the underclass to rise up and overthrow the government. Didn’t work then. Won’t work now.
My recollections: When General Westmoreland returned (was recalled?) from Vietnam he was given command of the military district encompassing D.C. Given the threats of riots/insurrections, he requested some impossible number of troops (250,000, IIRC) to handle the possibilities.
I was in a battalion of combat engineers at Fort Belvoir and we were given something of a first-response, riot-control duty for the D.C. area. We weren’t involved in what you relate but were at the Pentagon in October of 1967.
Anyone believing the country is some sort of tinderbox today has forgotten the situation in the latter 1960s and the 1970s.
Yes, we surely had a volatile situation back then. I think that it could very easily happen again. The anti-war crowd has made the effort to rekindle the fire, but doesn’t have the “drawing power” it once did. Two things drew a lot of otherwise uninterested folks to the anti-war stuff back then. Sex and drugs.
In Philadelphia that Arch Fascist Police Chief Frank Rizzo told the locals “NOBODY IS BURNING THIS CITY OR LOOTING “
Much of it was demographic. When half the population is under 25 is when you have an inherently volatile environment.
south Boston saw riots after the libs thought they had a great idea
get those black kids into white schools and theyy’ll love each other , the projects there , well they got rid of loads of white families and moved black families in
In south boston today all the locals of there take their kids to catholic schools , and no one still mixes
the libs just don’t understand
you can’t force people to make friends, poeple will decide who they want to be friends with
in the cities now white liberal yuppies are moving there while the blacks are now moving to the metro areas.
the cities are forcing black and the poor out
it’s now trendy to live in the city and the mayors don’t care what happenes in the metro areas as tourists who spend money won’t see anything but rich white liberal yuppies
the very same rich white liberal yuppies who say they love diversity, but diversity to them is living in a white area visit a mexican restaurant on a friday night, chinese on a saturday night and have maybe two gays as neighbours, maybe a token rich black family and maybe a hispanic rich single lawyer woman