THE STONEWALL RIOTS The Stonewall riots are widely believed to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States. Considered by some to be the "Rosa Parks" moment of the gay rights movement in America, the riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, in the early hours of June 28th, 1969. This single event has left a resounding impact on the fight for LGBT rights that can still be seen today. Throughout the 50s and 60s in the United States, the FBI along with local police departments kept close watch on what they believed to be "homosexual activity".
The 1960’s and before was a miserable time for the LGBT+ community, with simply expressing love being illegal. Police stormed into gay clubs to arrest said “criminals,” which is exactly what happened on June 28, 1969. The community was already fed up with the past - this just fueled the fire. Danny Garvin, a Stonewall rioter, said, “Something snapped. It’s like, this is not right.”
The Rodney King trial started as a drunk driving incident but ended in the destruction of Los Angeles. King was in a high speed chase with the Las Angeles Police department and when they caught him King was then viciously beat up and attacked. This was one of the first police brutality incidents filmed and released to the general public and eventually ended the era of not showing what happens behind closed doors. Along with being one of the first police brutality incidents filmed, it was also one of the first police brutality incidents taken to court. A lot of attention and controversy surrounded this trial just because of how it hit America.
“Parents in the old days actually threw their children out with the clothes they were wearing when they found out they were gay.” Rejected as outcasts in a society of prejudice and discrimination against minority groups, suicide and homeless rates ran high in the LGBT community as many felt they had nowhere else to turn to. The gay community seemed to be a lost cause in their fight for equality. The Stonewall Inn and Mafia Corruption
The 1968 Democratic Convention Riot was a very contentious event that took place over a period of five days in Chicago, Illinois. The rioting began on Sunday, 25 August 1968, prior to the start of the convention and continued until the last day of the convention, 29 August 1968. Over the five-day period, close to 28,000 Chicago police officers, United States Army troops, Illinois National Guardsmen, and Secret Service Agents, clashed with activist groups and citizens who sought to protest the Vietnam Conflict and the direction of the Democratic Party at the convention (Mailer, 1997). The protesters organized from around the country and consisted of what Haynes (2008) described as “radicals, hippies, yippies [Youth International Party], [and] moderates” (para. 3). At least one of the groups, the yippies had a goal to bring 100,000 young adults to the demonstration (Mailer, 1997).
On a cold night of March 5, 1770 in Boston, Massachusetts, nine British soldiers fired shots into a crowd of one hundred Bostonians. Five were fatally injured or killed in the shooting, and some of the people killed were not even in the mob. This caused major corruption amongst the town, across the state, even across what was then America. Captain Preston, who ordered all to fire, was found innocent and two soldiers were convicted of manslaughter. This was named as the Boston Massacre, which had a lot to do with how America is today.
Koren talks about the case and the two letters from the victim and Turner’s father. According to the article, several sexual assault advocates believe that the Stanford University case reveals why many assault cases on campuses remain unreported (Koren). Turner did not deserve the six-month jail term because the punishment meted to him did not fit the crimes he
This was seen through events such as the urban riot in waltz, california, the rise of black power which led to the death of Malcolm X. When it came down to the urban riots, it shook the nation from A to Z because of how violent the riot was. It went on for thirty six hours and left over 45 million in only property destroyed, though this was viewed internationally, no serious government action was taken, the closest to executive action taken was only to calm things down in california and repair all damages. In the case of the rise of black power, black muslims also known as the nation of islam “founded by Elijah Muhammad in the 1930’s” preached black superiority and separatism from an evil white world. (Berkin, 761) Once the Organizations most famed individuals Malcolm x went for a pilgrimage and returned he left the organization.
This violence and crime has turned tourist city into a war zone for the past decade and it paints a terrible picture for a city whose main financial income is its tourists. The black on black and police on black violence can be solved over time by a multitude of means one of them being the coming together of the African American community to protect themselves from racism, stereotypes, crime and self-inflicted
Hommosexuaity was a concept that was well knwon throughout the country yet no one spoke of it because of the ideas that had been formed towards it. But in the 1960s those who identified as gay or lesbian were so inspired by all the civil rights movements happening around them that they also decided to stand up for their cause. Homosexuals were far more free in the late 1900s than they were at anytime of their lives but that didn’t stop the hate crimes that came their way even from police. An infamous night on June 27, 1969 was when police officers that belonged to a village in New York city raided a gay nightclub arresting people whom they believed were regulars, but these kinds of raids were far from unusual, because if police got a wiff
Freddie was a young black male who underwent police brutality. After word got out about his situation, an uproar started around the city. According to Stolberg, a report for the New York Times, she wrote, “[many people] marched through the streets, clogging intersections” (Stolberg). This situation, of course, is much less severe than the issue addressed in the Kerner report.
Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall: The Whitewashing of American Cinema On the night of June 28 1969, a group of people at a New York City bar called the Stonewall Inn, united to stand up to the injustice and violence committed against LGBT people at the hands of the police (Robinson, 2011). This act of protest came to be known as The Stonewall Riots. In the midst of a typical police raid, wherein the New York City police would beat and jail patrons for suspicion of homosexuality, the patrons fought back, a fight which lasted several days, and grew as word spread (Robinson).