Races: Spreading Fire

Even as the fury of Newark abated last week, other Negro ghettos flared like gunpowder dropped in a fire.

Fifteen miles to the southwest, a Negro mob in Plainfield, N.J., surrounded a white policeman and stomped him to death. Trouble erupted in nearby Elizabeth, New Brunswick, Jersey City and Englewood. Halfway across the nation, gangs of young Negroes in Cairo, Ill., hurled fire bombs and sniped sporadically for two nights, until Illinois Governor Otto Kerner ordered in 50 National Guard troops. Six hundred guardsmen were mobilized in Minneapolis, whose Negro population is only...

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