What is a Riot?

1.A noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in thestreets.
2. A disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a disrupting andtumultuous manner in carrying out their private purposes.
3. Violent or wild disorder or confusion.

Why do Riots Start?
Riots often occur in reaction to a perceived grievance or out of dissent. Historically, riots have occurred due to poor working or living conditions, government oppression, taxation or conscription, conflicts between races or religions, the outcome of a sporting event, or frustration with legal channels through which to air grievances. (dictionary.reference.com/)

In a Nutshell; Riots mainly are a result to massive frustration in an individual or in a mass group/mob.

For Example: The Detroit Riots of 1943. The reason as to of why this riot broke out was because the whites and blacks already had enough tension rising between both racial groups. Rumors that a Black woman and her child were killed by whites and a White woman who was raped by a black man was the major "SPARK" that flared up the boiling point of frustration, which quickly led to what is now known as the Detroit Riots of 1943.


*Stonewall Riots*

  • The Stonewall Riots was the awakening of the gay rights movement. Gay men and Lesbian felt as if they were being attacked as a group. The Stonewall Riots gets its name for the notorious attack made on June 27, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, which was a facility where gay men were allowed to get together. Police Officers were already known to raid gay bars and other facilities, and on this night, the cops raided the Stonewall Inn. In the Officers dismay, the Stonewall customers rebelled, as well as the mafia members who controlled this Inn. Because of this Riot, Gays and Lesbians soon came out with the truth about their sexuality, it was the beginning of a new era, and it began the time of where homosexuality was not needed to be kept a secret from society any longer. The Stonewall Inn is known for its many gay rights parades/parties, this building was basically the turn in the Gay Rights Movement.
  • http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/s/stonewall_rebellion/index.html

*Detroit Riots*

  • In the history of Detroit, there were two major impacting riots, one on June 20, 1943 and also in 1967. In the summer of 1943, a fight broke out between black and white youth sailors on Belle Isle. After this fight broke out, stories about how a Black woman and her child were killed by whites and a White woman who was raped by a black man soon spread around through Detroit’s communities. The following day, a full on riot was born, only because of rumors, which the rumors were finally made into the boiling point of frustration in the segregation issues in Detroit. As a result of this riot, 5,000 troops were called in to make peace again in the area, there was over $2 million in damages and there were 34 deaths, including both black and white people.
  • The second riot was the 1967 Uprising, and this mainly had to do with the issues of not only segregation, but also the unemployment rates of the African Americans. Only a select few African Americans were able to become a cop in the district of Detroit, and even still being a cop the African Americans were being discriminated. In frustration, African Americans in protest began over close to 500 fires in the city, this left 347 people dead, 2,700 businesses destroyed, and left 5,000 people homeless. The total toll of this damage was $50 Million.

Image above: This is an image of the many fights breaking out through Detroit. The the right of the first picture is African Americans rallying to get their point across, that no more will they be left behind or demoralized for who they are. And on the far right, is a old picture of Detroits streets before the riots, it is so quiet and peaceful, what people didn't know was, that would all soon change.
Pictures Above: These pictures are all from the riot of 1967, as you can see above there was massive violence and also much property damage.