On June 20, 1943 a Detroit race riot erupted at Belle Isle amusement park. This photo of two white youths holding a badly beaten black man was taken on June 21. After a population explosion in Detroit led to a severe housing crisis, a riot erupted when blacks and white started fighting at a Belle Isle amusement park. In total, nine whites and 25 blacks lost their lives during the two days of rioting. Photo credit: Associated Press — in Detroit, Michigan.
"It is increasingly clear to me that white flight was not a mystical process for which we have no real explanation or understanding. White flight was the policy of our federal, state, and local government. That policy held that Americans should enjoy easy access to the cities via the automobile and live in suburbs without black people, who by their very nature degraded property and humanity." Ta-Nehisi Coates