[Clayart] Watts riots in L.A.

Snail Scott claywork at flying-snail.com
Sat Jan 8 23:34:18 UTC 2022

> On Jan 8, 2022, at 2:54 PM, Mike Gordon <clayart at earthlink.net> wrote:
> I remember watching it on TV! I always thought it was soooo stupid to burn your own neighborhood!! They interviewed one passing woman whose comment was “BURN, BABY BURN”!!  Mike Gordon

I wasn’t in Watts, but I was in Ferguson. very close to where I teach. Some of the local protesters aimed their ire at police cars and other outwardly visible manifestations of authority. However, the looting and destruction appeared to be almost entirely the work of people with no stake in the cause, but merely taking advantage of the unrest to run wild, and not people with any stake in the neighborhood. A large number of people from out of town were arrested, including a group of good ol’ boys from the Ozarks who were caught robbing a gun store, saying they were 'just headed up to Ferguson to join the fun’. It only takes a few people to destroy what thousands have built.

Enough side chatter…now, back to clay. I am finishing a pair of portrait busts on commission…client is coming tomorrow for final approval. What are all of you doing?


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