@Regrann from @crackedrosecoloredglasses_us - A half-century ago America changed forever. For better or worse, Detroit has been at the centre of the nation's change for twice that time.
In the early 20th century, Detroit's economy boomed as the "Motor City" drew hundreds of thousands of workers to the automobile factories that made American industry the envy of the rest of the world and one of the greatest centres of wealth in human history. As those autoworkers organised and engaged in militant strikes, Detroit's labour movement established a national standard of wages and benefits that elevated millions of white Americans and European immigrants into the middle class. ▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫
This was the "American Dream" in action. Why, then, did the city explode on July 23, 1967, in one of the biggest urban rebellions the United States has ever seen? ▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫
Three key issues dividing the nation in 2017 - racial discrimination, police brutality, and economic dislocation - began to tear apart dozens of its cities during the 1960s. In Detroit, when the dust settled and fires smouldered after more than four days of heightened unrest, 43 people were dead, over 7,000 more were arrested, and scenes of 17,000 police and military occupying the streets gave the appearance that the city was a warzone.
It is an understatement to say Detroit has never been the same since 1967. ▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫
Whites were already fleeing to new homes in the suburbs, where federal funding supported new construction and subsidised mortgages. This process of "white flight" - accompanied by an exodus of jobs and investment - accelerated after the rebellion, turning Detroit into a national symbol of racial segregation and a widening economic chasm.
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