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July 24, 2007


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Jack: Regarding your 24 July commentary regarding the 1943 Detroit riots, and the participation by auto workers from the Deep South...show me your data. Very few ethnic or regional groups in Detroit were particularly advanced as far as racial attitudes were concerned then. People participating in the riot could just as easily been, say, second generation Detroiters with no connection to the Deep South. Remember that there were many people from Eastern and Southern Europe working in Detroit at that time, as there are now. I would think that resentment toward wage equality with black workers would hardly be restricted to whites from the Deep South.

Unless you have special research data for the '43 riot, you shouldn't have made the inference.

There have been several excellent studies of the riot published which drew those conclusions. This is not to say that other ethnic whites did not participate.

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