Letters: Sep. 3, 1965

Why Watts?

Sir: I must express my embarrassment and humiliation as a result of the terrible violence in Watts [Aug. 20]. We in Los Angeles had felt proud of the way the racial situation had been handled; we must have been blind not to see the melting pot of hate bubbling in the Negro sectors of this great city. I feel a great sense of sorrow for the Negro and his plight.


Sir: I am a Negro, but I am an American first, and I am ashamed of the rioting and murder and looting that occurred in Los Angeles....

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