Detroit riots: 50 years ago, mayhem tore apart the motor city’s fabric and set streets aflame

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Riots in Detroit started after a 23 July police raid on an illegal after-hours’ club. In the days that followed, 33 blacks and 10 whites were dead, and more than 1,400 buildings burned. AP

Riots in Detroit started after a 23 July police raid on an illegal after-hours’ club. In the days th

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During the Detroit riots, the city lost more than 2,000 shops to fires or looting, many of them owned by blacks. AP

During the Detroit riots, the city lost more than 2,000 shops to fires or looting, many of them owne

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Some of the major reasons behind the riots were high levels of frustration, resentment, and anger that had been created among unemployed African Americans. AP

Some of the major reasons behind the riots were high levels of frustration, resentment, and anger th

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The Detroit riots resulted into deindustrialisation and the exodus of whites from the city. AP

The Detroit riots resulted into deindustrialisation and the exodus of whites from the city. AP

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The riots accelerated a decline of the industrial city. Detroit was USA’s fourth biggest city in 1960, but would rank 21st by 2016. AP

The riots accelerated a decline of the industrial city. Detroit was USA’s fourth biggest city in 196

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The Detroit riots prompted departure of white residents and businesses. Three years after the riot, Detroit’s unemployment rate was just over 7 percent. It reached 25 percent by 1990. AP

The Detroit riots prompted departure of white residents and businesses. Three years after the riot,

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