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2007 "Why Aren't U.S. Cities Burning?" by Michael B. Katz

Reader comment on item: Does Europe Have No-go Zones?
in response to reader comment: (Jewish) Ghettos in Europe, Harlem in the c1950's, London's East End, & Five Points, Manhattan

Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Jan 24, 2015 at 09:40

Dear Daniel Pipes,

I'm gladv we have a meeting of minds regarding the history of Harlem (USA) in thev 1950's.

That suggests to me that you might consider the following terms as pertinent to the terminological quest you've proposed:

Inner Cities and Skid Rows in the United States

I.C.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_city

S.R.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skid_row

I'm suggesting that the phenomena in our American history, regarding urban life during the period of our racist past, is at least very close to what you suggest never existed.

In fiction too these "no-go zones" were depicted.

Take (not a "great") 1985 film depicting a Brooklyn neighborhood::

"Charles Bronson, Urban Rambo: The Frantic Nihilism Of Death Wish 3"
http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/220611

Take "Dirty Harry" Clint Eastwood, in the 1983 film "Sudden Impact" allegedly set in San Francisco"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudden_Impact

Both films depict "taking the law into one's own hands" as a consequence of rampant criminality ravaging the "descent," law-abiding, citizens in their urban neighborhood effectively abandoned by the establishment.

But I think you will enjoy the reminder offerred by this 2007 article (below). By 1968, when I was about to graduate from college, or do service in Vietnam, there were 150 US cities burning. This is contrasted with 300 cities in France burning in 2005. There is also the exception of Liberty City, Miami burning in 1980, and South-Central Los Angeles burning in 1992.Omitted, of course, are the inflammatory riots of last year.- but that because of alleged "too much" police brute force.

"Why Aren't U.S. Cities Burning?" by Michael B. Katz

http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/why-arent-u-s-cities-burning

And here is the Wikipedia link on the Kerner Commission which reported on the 1967 race riots in the United States:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerner_Commission

I'm justing that, like Harlem, which you acknowledged, there were many other urban areas in American cities which were "no-go-zones" for "white folks."

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