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2007-04-27 09:15:27 I agree with the revert. From the PBS Timeline:
"Police arrest a 19-year-old male for public intoxication at a block party of about 200 people, on Nassau Street near Joseph Avenue in Rochester’s Seventh Ward. Rumors spread, such as: a child attacked by a police dog and a pregnant woman slapped by an officer, leading the crowd to become violent."
The July '64 documentary seems authoritative - it was produced with the cooperation of community members who were there at the time. —RottenChester
2007-04-27 09:17:33 Jason, all the information I have included on this page was taken directly from the two linked articles by PBS and The D&C. They both reputable enough sources that most people feel their information can be included here as fact.
If you have heard information contrary to what these two sources claim, and you feel the need to include it in the article, then I think it would be best to make a new section entitled "Controversy".
I think the wiki is casual enough that we can include unsubstantiated claims, but we must be certain to label them as such —EastSideStephen
2007-04-27 09:23:25 I think we should contact the City Historian, and see if we can get them suckered.... errr involved in the discussion on this (and some other) topics. —FarMcKon
2007-05-03 08:10:19 I guess the "Causes" part is awfully soft, using passive voice as if "poverty" is some kind of illness like the common cold. There was a systematic oppression of blacks in place at the time that caused the "poverty, poor housing conditions, lack of employment opportunities, and political racial tensions". It certainly didn't "begin" with the arrest of a black man — that was merely the flashpoint that ignited the volatile conditions already established. —JasonOlshefsky
2007-05-03 16:04:42 There are two issues: the limited and focused issue of how the riot started that day, and the broad issue of the conditions in Rochester over years that led up to the riots.
The best account we can find, which was created with the assistance of people who were around when the riot started, is that it started with an arrest that night. That was the short-term cause.
I agree that the long-term cause is poorly expressed in the sentence you cite. But isn't that a topic for another page, something like "The Black Experience in Rochester"? —RottenChester