Listen: Harlem Harlem, Lino, Harlem discussed on This Day in History Class
"But Lino resisted he grabbed onto a column in the store and he bit the hands of the two employees who are trying to hold him back soon enough though he gave in and stopped struggling by the time. Police officers arrived at the store people in the area had noticed. The scuffle and began crowding around the store the shopkeeper decided not to press charges against Lino and to avoid the crowd. The officers escorted him out of the building through the basement and out of a back door onto one hundred and twenty four th street. But at this point, the crowd had become more hostile as rumors spread that the officers had be in Lino up, and that fire was still even more when an ambulance arrived to see to the employee's, but enhance and a her schedule to pick up a body from the funeral parlor next door. Parked in one of the store's parking spaces the false word of Lino death spread through Harlem Harlem was primarily black and African American culture thrived in the neighborhood, though. The Harlem renaissance was nearing its end still black people in Harlem felt the facts of legal, segregation, institutional racism and police brutality and Harlem was largely neglected by the New York City government, distrust of government and law enforcement was rampant and justified at the time the country was in the midst of the great depression Harlem, specifically was plagued by rising poverty as well as poor healthcare education on top of that black people faced racial discrimination. When it came to employment business ownership and housing and the crest store where the incident happened was known for discriminating against black people in employments all. All of these factors came to a head when Lena was rumored to be dead. Police attempted to squash the rumors that Lino with be killed by officers, but were unsuccessful the crowds turned rowdy the Kress door closed for the day as throngs of people began setting fire to buildings smashing windows and stealing and destroying property. Some people who attempted to hold a public meeting to protest police brutality were arrested in charge with unlawful assembly. At one point officer fired a gun into a crowd of rioters and shot a man who died a few days later in a hospital several thousand people joined the riot to protest police brutality stores put up signs that said phrases like we employ black people in their windows to keep people from looting and destroying their property officers who tried to disperse the crowds only met resisted the writing went on through the night and into the next day. All in all more than one hundred people were arrested. Dozens of people were injured a couple hundred businesses had damaged property and four people died from injuries sustained during the riot. Estimates for the property damage totaled about two million dollars. The next day. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia said the riot was instigated an artificially stimulated by a few irresponsible. Individuals. District Attorney William c dodge said that he would launch an investigation into the communist motivations for the riot. But LaGuardia was convinced racial tensions caused the riots and months later created a BI racial commission to investigate the riot and the factors that led to it. The commission included people like sociologist, e Franklin Frazier and writer Alain lock the report that came out of that investigation was released a little over a year later, it was called the negro in Harlem, a report on social and economic conditions responsible for the outbreak of March nineteenth nineteen thirty five and it recommended antidiscrimination efforts in employment housing education and law enforcement, yet the mayor suppressed the report because it revealed the true living conditions of black New Yorkers. After the riots the city did work to make some social and infrastructure improvements. New York officers began receiving racial sensitivity training, Harlem hospital was enlarged. And there was a push to get more black people in city government, but discrimination did not just suddenly disappear in Harlem and another race fry.."