Interview with Mary Frances Berry
QUESTION 16
JACKIE SHEARER:

This is positioning you in Michigan and talking about urban rebellions and the, the White popular reaction.

MARY FRANCIS BERRY:

I was at the University of Michigan in graduate school and law school, and was there at the time that the Detroit, um, riot, which we called rebellions in the sixties, took place. And I think it is fair to say that what happened with the rebellions was that a lot of people didn't understand why these people are rioting. Their argument was, "Look, we gave them everything!" Well, we all know what was given and what was not. And what was deserved and what was not. And what was worked for. But, the reaction was, "We've had the Civil Rights Movement, we passed these, and now equality has come to America, and these people have every opportunity in the world," without realizing that there were serious problems that remained, and there was this backlash. Um, against, ah, which this backlash which began, I think, in that period, and which one can sort of trace as it grew and grew and grew and grew in the ensuing period until we finally get to the end of the period.

JACKIE SHEARER:

Great. Cut. Good.

MARY FRANCIS BERRY:

I gave you a transition, those people had a little piece.