Dark Anniversary

Last week, 324 years after the coming of the first Negroes in Virginia,† the strings of U.S. racial tension were taut and throbbing across the land. In jam-packed Detroit, where for 24 hours riot had raged (TIME, June 28), pent-up ill feeling between whites and Negroes was a silence more ominous than sound.

On dirty, swarming, vice-infested Hastings Street a Negro shot a white man. Ugly words were passed on streetcars and busses. Hoodlums of both races, part of the human flotsam tossed up by war, got into brawls and fist fights. Plainclothesmen...

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