‘67 uprising hurt Black people, elders say
It helped by allowing us to vent our frustrations. We were an occupied community that lashed out at our oppressors. However, it did not solve our underlying problem. We did not follow through. Many of the small business owners left the city and we did not replace them. Eventually they were replaced by another foreign group. We are as bad off or worse than we were.
It hurt Black people. A lot of us still have that anger in us. We weren’t getting equal opportunity but we should have used a different method. We’re seeing the legacy we left our children played out today: The violence and refusal to get an education.
We hurt ourselves. The businesses along Mack that weren’t burned were closed and the owners left the city. We took over the politics of the city, but the economy was still controlled by the auto manufacturers. The banks gradually left the city. The school system deteriorated. We are not educating our young people to not shoot ourselves in the foot again.