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85 It usually takes an incident like a beating to spark a riot, according to Professors Charles V. Hamilton and Clement Price. Price points out there were two events or phases to the rioting: a shopping spree by looters and a shooting spree by law enforcement. “The first phase was a commercial riot, when you have people breaking into stores and taking whatever they can carry,” he states. “The second phase was a police riot when you have police and National Guardsmen firing their weapons indiscriminately.

He felt the best way to highlight the city’s progress was to have entertainment areas in downtown. Subsequently, when the owners of the New Jersey Nets and Devils were considering new locations, James further stressed the importance of revitalizing downtown Newark by having the city and even the state government help construct a new arena for the teams. In fact, during the 2002 mayoral election, Governor James McGreevey endorsed the construction plan by reminding Newarkers that “under the leadership of Sharpe James, we will build an arena for the Nets and Devils.

The result: in the 1960s, at home, work, school, and even in social circles, many Blacks in Newark were uncertain about their future even as the vast majority of Americans were gaining more economic and political power. ”57 Newark’s 1967 Disorders Newark’s residents faced an unfortunate crisis in the late 1960s, just as many cities were confronted with severe urban social issues. The nature of race and politics in Newark made the city’s 1967 riots especially unique. 58 But Mayor Hugh Addonizio chose not to address social, economic, or political issues facing Black Newarkers during his administration.

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