Supervisor Ridley-Thomas' Huffington Post Op-Ed on the 45th Anniversary of the Watts Riot

Huff Post

Forty-five years ago this week, an explosion of violence set Los Angeles aflame, in a rebellion against centuries of racism that would be burned into American history as the “Watts Riot.” I know this because I witnessed it as a ten-year old boy growing up in South Los Angeles.

In the riot’s aftermath, government officials scrambled to repair not only the physical destruction of the riot, but to also repair the damage done to society to by the color-coded poverty that had been embedded long before urban conflict broke out. The County of Los Angeles committed to heal those wounds in the heart of the riot zone, by building the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, now a operated as a specialty ambulatory care center.