A Trip Through Michigan Essay

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When Dr. Copeland came and talked to our class, he mentioned a lot of stuff that I had no idea about. There was so much tension and craziness going on in Michigan in the Sixties. He talked to us about a lot of topics and I was amazed as to how cities like Dearborn. Michigan could go through so much. One thing that was happening not just in Michigan but everywhere was a lot of college students were protesting. Students weren’t happy because they didn’t like that there was a war going on in Vietnam. The students were protesting at the University of Michigan because they wanted peace not war. There were also riots going on in Michigan. During the riot, 7000 were arrested and nearly 40 people were dead. There were many causes to these riots. Some causes f political, economic, and social factors including police abuse, lack of affordable housing, urban renewal projects, economic inequality, black militancy, and rapid demographic change. It was very hard for African Americans to find housing and that made them very mad and upset. There was a lot of police brutality in the Sixties. It was mostly towards African Americans. Many of them were getting hurt and killed for no reason, just because the police could get away with it. In the Sixties the Michigan population changed, there were a lot more non-white people living in Michigan. The crime rate increased, disorganization and further discrimination. This was also a cause of the riots. The African Americans had a lot of struggles in Michigan. They went through a lot through the Sixties. Many people discriminated against them just because the color of their skin was different than theirs. Learning about what was going on in Michigan in the Sixties really opened my eyes. I couldn’t imagine living through that, where your town was a complete mess. I couldn’t imagine walking outside my house and seeing so many buildings

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