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USA - The Last 50 Years...

With Charlottesville VA in the news and on my worried mind, I wonder just what all the violence accomplishes?!  Mass gatherings, no matter if there is a permit to do so, strike or protest, they most always turn deadly here of late.  Does this make America a better nation, or are we quickly becoming a third world country that, no matter what's done, we kill.  Disagreeing is one thing, but to go out and commit acts of playing some sort of god is a whole 'nother picture!!!  Protesting on the streets that turn violent and killing is not the answer. Over and over, I reiterated; told my kids when I raised them to agree to disagree...but don't take the law into your own hands; don't commit a crime in the name of what you, as an individual, would consider justice...there is a peaceful way of showing your discontent.

I searched for a graphic after I read this quote on Tom's Friday's post and I think it's worthy of repeating ...and living it daily:

From 1967 - 2017....fifty years  of violence and protests; civil unrest!

According to Wikipedia, 1967 was a Long Hot Summer
There were 159 riots in America

1967 – Avondale riots, June 12–15, Cincinnati, Ohio
1967 – Buffalo riot of 1967, June 27, Buffalo, New York
1967 – 1967 Newark riots, July 12–17, Newark, New Jersey
1967 – 1967 Plainfield riots, July 14–21, Plainfield, New Jersey
1967 – Cairo riot, July 17, Cairo, Illinois
1967 – 1967 Detroit riot, July 23–29, Detroit, Michigan
1967 – Cambridge riot of 1967, July 24, a.k.a. the H. Rap Brown riot, Cambridge, Maryland
1967 – 1967 Saginaw riot, July 26, Saginaw, Michigan
1967 – Milwaukee riot, July 30, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


1968 – Orangeburg Massacre, S.C. State Univ., February 8, Orangeburg, South Carolina
1968 – Memphis Sanitation Strike riot, March 28, Memphis, Tennessee
1968 – Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, Memphis, Tennessee, precipitates all April 4–14 riots, including:

1968 – 1968 Detroit riot, April 4–5, Detroit, Michigan
1968 – 1968 New York City riots, April 4–5, New York City, New York
1968 – 1968 Washington, D.C. riots, April 4–8, Washington, D.C.
1968 – 1968 Chicago riots, West Side Riots, April 5–7, Chicago, Illinois
1968 – 1968 Pittsburgh riots, April 5–11, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1968 – Baltimore riot of 1968, April 6–14, Baltimore, MD
1968 – Avondale riot of 1968, April 8, Cincinnati, Ohio
1968 – 1968 Kansas City riot, April 9, Kansas City, Missouri
1968 – Wilmington Riot of 1968, April 9–10, Wilmington, Delaware
1968 – Trenton Riot of 1968, April 9–11, Trenton, New Jersey

1968 – Columbia University protests of 1968, April 23, New York City, New York
1968 – Louisville riots of 1968, May 27, Louisville, Kentucky
1968 – Akron riot, July 17–23, Akron, Ohio
1968 – Glenville Shootout, July 23–28, Cleveland, Ohio
1968 – 1968 Democratic National Convention protests, including the police riots of August 27–28, Chicago, Illinois


1969 – Zip to Zap riot, May 9–11, Zap, North Dakota
1969 – People's Park Riots, May, Berkeley, California
1969 – 1969 Greensboro uprising, May 21–25, Greensboro, North Carolina
1969 – Cairo disorders, May–December, Cairo, Illinois
1969 – Stonewall riots, June 28 – July 2, New York City, New York
1969 – 1969 York Race Riot, July 17–24, York, Pennsylvania
1969 – Days of Rage, October 8–11, Weathermen riot in Chicago, Illinois


1970 – University of Puerto Rico riot, March 4–11, at least one killed, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
1970 – Student strike of 1970, May 1970
1970 – Kent State riots/shootings, May 1970, four killed, Kent, Ohio
1970 – New Haven Green Disorders, Yale University, May 1970, New Haven, Connecticut
1970 – Augusta Riot, May 11–13, Augusta, Georgia
1970 – Hard Hat Riot, Wall Street, May 8, New York City
1970 – Jackson State killings, May 14–15, two killed, Jackson, Mississippi
1970 – 1970 Memorial Park riot, August 24–27, Royal Oak, Michigan
1970 – Sterling Hall bombing, Univ. of Wisc., August 24, one killed, Madison, Wisconsin
1970 – Chicano Moratorium riot, August 29, Los Angeles, California

1971 thru 1975

Twelve Riots

1976 thru 1980

Ten Riots

1981 thru 1985

One Riot: 1984 - Lawrence Riots, August 9–10, Lawrence, Massachusetts - Puerto Ricans and Dominicans clashed with Whites

1986 thru 1990

Six Riots

1991 thru 1995

Six Riots

1996 thru 2000

Six Riots

2001 thru 2005

Nine Riots

2006 thru 2010

Ten Riots

2011 thru 2015

Ten Riots


2016 – Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, January–February 2015. 1 killed and several dozen arrested. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon
2016 - Anaheim, California Feb. 29. 3 People stabbed and 13 others arrested during a Ku Klux Klan rally.
2016 – 2016 Donald Trump Chicago rally protest, March 11. Five people arrested and two police officers injured during a demonstration at the UIC Pavilion.
2016 - Democracy Spring rally in April. March to Washington D.C. and sit-ins lead to arrests.
2016 - At least 261 people were arrested across the U.S. in protests in New York City, Chicago, St. Paul, Minnesota; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and other cities. In St. Paul, bottles and rocks flew as over twenty officers were injured. The protests were held in response to the officer-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
2016 - 2016 Milwaukee riots, Sherman Park, August 13–15. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2016 - 2016 Charlotte riot, September 20–21, Protests organized by BLM turned into riots in response to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police
2016 - Dakota Access Pipeline protests, 411 Protesters Arrested. Multiple skirmishes with police, with vehicles, hay bales, and tires set on fire.
2016 - Anti-Trump protests, Nov. 9-27. As a result of Donald Trump being elected 45th President of the U.S., thousands protested across twenty five American cities and unrest broke out in Downtown Oakland, California and Portland, Oregon. In Downtown Oakland over 40 fires started and police officers were injured.


2017 - Washington, D.C., Anti-Trump protests at Inauguration, January 20. Objects were thrown at police, businesses damaged, and a limousine was set on fire. More than 230 were arrested.
2017 - Berkeley, California, February 1, civil unrest ensued at UC Berkeley as Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak on the campus.
2017 - 2017 Anaheim, California protests, February 21st, protesters demonstrate after police officer grabs boy and fires his gun. Protesters damage property and throw bottles and rocks at police.
2017 - Berkeley, California, March 4th, Brawls erupt when protestors attack Trump supporters at the March 4 Trump rally.
2017 - Berkeley, California, 2017 Berkeley protests become violent when Trump supporters are attacked at "Patriot's Day" rally for Trump.
2017 - May Day, violence breaks out at May Day protests in Olympia, and Portland, as masked anarchists damage property and clash with police.
2017 - Washington, D.C., May 17th, Turkish President Recep Erdogan's security team attacks protestors at the Turkish Embassy in the District of Columbia, injuring 12, including a police officer.
2017 - Charlottesville, Virginia, 2017 Unite the Right rally. August 11-12. After Charlottesville, VA Town council voted to sell a statue of Robert E. Lee and change the name from Lee Park to Emancipation park, a lawsuit was filed and a judge halted the removal of the statue for 6 months. A white supremacist group then applied for a permit to hold a rally protesting the removal and was denied. The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of the white supremacists group saying the denial was an infringement on 1st amendment rights. The ACLU won the lawsuit and the rally was scheduled. On the evening of Aug. 11, hundreds of armed white supremacists — chanting anti-semitic and Nazi slogans and carrying Tiki torches — marched through the University of Virginia campus began rioting outside the Rotunda after clashing with student counter-protesters. On Aug. 12, as a result of the planned legal rally by the white supremacists, BLM and ANTIFA counter protesters showed up. As a result, the governor issued a state of emergency, thereby cancelling the permit to hold a rally. While police were removing the white nationalists from the park, forcing them to intermingle and confront the BLM and ANTIFA groups, several fights broke out. Members of both groups hurled rocks, threw urine and feces on white supremacists and used tear gas and pepper spray as well, all while police watched. After several hours of fighting, James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his car into a crowd of people who were protesting against the rally, killing 32-year-old Heather D. Heyer and injuring 19 others, in what police have called a deliberate attack. Fields, a 20 year old man from Ohio with alt-right beliefs, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count related to leaving the scene of the wreck, according to The Associated Press. The FBI also says it is opening a civil rights investigation into the incident, together with the Department of Justice. There were multiple incidents of violent physical clashes between counter-protestors and Unite the Right rally attendees. 1 person was killed, and 2 state police died in an accidental helicopter crash


  1. This quote is wonderful! The bible says there will be wars and violence up till the end of time, and I believe it. It is the nature of man. And it is horrible. We live 20 minutes from Charlottesville and are there all the time.

  2. I love the quote. It's sad and scary how things can escalate to violence so quickly.

  3. Oh Anni, you spoke so eloquently and your words match my own heart thoughts. I watch the news and hear of such things and think what on earth is going on, how will this all end, when will the killing and fighting stop...I guess never. The closest city to me is Louisville, KY and they may be setting up to walk as well as horse country in Lexington and it is just all so frightening. That quote is excellent. Take care~

    1. Let's pray for peace...scary these days

  4. Hello, the violence that happened is scary both in Charlottesville and in Barcelona. I do not believe in violence and I myself would never hurt someone. I just wish there could be peace in the world. Great quote. Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Not to make this a play on words...but, peace would be a godsend!

  5. Buffalo is 80 miles to the west. I keep on meaning to visit here, Anni, and I forget. Beautifully crafted words, I am afraid though, America is falling from within...a craftily led plan by outsiders and government...they sure are teaching us folks a lesson...sigh...

    1. ...from within...yes Linda! You are so right. Sorry, I wish I could visit with you but your blog is protected.

  6. I was staying in Baltimore during the riots....terrifying and went on for days.. enough is enough. Beautiful post.

  7. The graphic is perfect and so is the quote. I am very much afraid it will never come to that because since Cain killed Abel in the Bible and since all the violence starting in biblical times and all the history of our United States of America there have been riots. The Boston Tea Party was a riot. We rebelled and rioted against England that was a riot people just cannot get along and they never will. It is very sad to me that our country is now starting to look like a third world country with all the violence going on and people demonstrating and people marching in front of the towers and people marching it looks just like all the other countries. I don't think there's any hope for the country or for the world for that matter. But that said I do think that in our environment these days that we are much more loving towards other people than we were when I was growing up I grew up to all these riots in the 60s my kids were born in the sixties so I know about all this first hand and I do think that we are in a better place now then we were before those riots. Actually I'm just glad erring on without really saying very much so I will close with the graphic and quote is absolutely perfect for these days and times and I pray that we can all do that

  8. I can add no more to your post and all of the replies from your readers. Except that I hate hate and I hate knowing what is going on. I think I'll just stick my head in the sand and hope it will go away. Sad...depressing

  9. Fine people like you are in the majority and we will continue the path forward which is never straight up. Warm Aloha to you <3

  10. Love the MLK quote.
    I prefer to write, call, or email my Representative, Senators, and President. And I do contact them frequently.

  11. Wow - it was very interesting to see all the riots listed like that. Very sad... I love the quote!

  12. I do love that quote...and the list of all the rioting--it is interesting seeing it written in a list like this. I have never lived near any rioting and would find it so scary.

    1. I would also find it scary to be so nearby the violence.

  13. Lots of research here.....Yes, I have lived long enough to know of these....The more things change, the more they stay the same.....We are all one race. The human race. Until we learn that lesson, we will always see those willing to die to fight against oppression.

    1. Well, I would believe that there will always be oppression in our world, but to kill just doesn't justify that in my opinion.

  14. This post resonates with all I've been thinking and feeling lately. Thank you for putting it in words....

    1. Thank YOU Linda....I know you're traveling, so it's a very special treat to have you stop by.