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Soliciting article helpEdit

I have only provided the link to the official report as part of the article which I created, just to provide information where there has been none. I don't feel comfortable, however, writing prose for it, because of the contentious nature of the subject, so I'm going to leave that mostly to others. Mapsax 19:10, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Possible 1966 sourceEdit

According to this page at the current time, Andrews University undergraduate Kelly A. Chichester wrote a research paper this year entitled "We Got to Leave Now! The Riot of Benton Harbor in 1966 and its Effects on White Flight" and presented it at Purdue University. Unfortunately, since it's unpublished, it isn't available anywhere on the Web (assuming that she or her school have thought about doing that), except for this summary:

Upon beginning the research for my topic, I realized that many historians who research the US urban race riots of the 1960's focus on black issues and how African-Americans related to local authorities like the police. Little attention is given to how these riots affected whites. My paper focuses on the Riot of 1966 in Benton Harbor, a small city in southwest Michigan. However, instead of focusing on blacks, I chose to pay more attention to how the riot affected whites. I found that, based on census data, whites in Benton Harbor went from being the majority to 1960 to being a minority in 1970. Various local and national news articles on race riots in other major cities helped me conclude that the Riot of 1966 was the catalyst that influenced whites to leave Benton Harbor for the suburbs.

"Small minority"Edit

I'd change it myself but I'm not in the in-crowd on Wikipedia and therefore always wrong in my expereinces, but I feel that the phrase "a small minority" is not encyclopedia material. "Small" is really undefined and undefinable in this sense. It was indeed a minority, but I don't think 300+ police are required to deal with "Small" crowds. Perhaps some real numbers or estimates would be better, and not give off the air of "scared to offend people" which is not what encyclopedias are about. Facts, not opinions. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:26, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Mapsax (talk) 22:06, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

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