Interview with Ronald Scott
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

Talk about, you said that even you thought it wouldn't happen in Detroit. What do you think the moral was, of the, of the Rebellion.

RON SCOTT:

Ah, I felt, in many senses that maybe uh, the Rebellion, the Rebellion of the magnitude that it oc--occurred or, in Detroit. Might not happen, maybe couldn't' happen, everybody was working, those of us who weren't in Vietnam were working. Ah, and, uh, it was carefree, I mean this was Motown, right?, everybody was having a good time. And the wor--the only thing you had to worry about was to get to the party on the weekend. And a lot of money flowing, whole shot. And, uh, so people never felt, that there was anything happening inside of us, I mean, being Black people, at this point that might lead to the counter-rebellion that happened. In fact, there was an article out at that time, I think that, where Mayor Cavanagh said, uh, and, uh, Governor Romney at the time said why it can't happen here, talking about the Watts Rebellion. And, uh, I look back at the time, and I think about the fact that, inside a lot of the people who went out and not, not so much the looters, because the guys, and women, and so forth who looted, I think took basically advantage of the situation that happened, that was just a spontaneous situation of anger, I mean, you gotta understand, that you had stores, and apartments, and as I told you before. As I mentioned earlier, anyway, there were a lot of absentee landlords, and situations where people were feeling frustrated. There was no way to do anything about it, so the Rebellion just was an opportunity, to strike back at those places, and those people, that you couldn't strike back at in any other way.

INTERVIEWER:

Cut. Alright, we need to get to the--

RON SCOTT:

Okay.



INTERVIEWER:

Okay, couldn't happen here, why?

RON SCOTT:

A lot of people felt it couldn't happen in Detroit, because people had good jobs, they had homes, and generally it was a good time. It was carefree, and people didn't have anything to worry about. But you can't always judge things by how they appear on the surface. Inside of most Black people there was a time bomb. There was a pot that was about to overflow, and there was rage that was about to come out. And the Rebellion, just provided an opportunity for that. I mean why else would people get upset about it, cops raiding a blind pig. They've done that numerous times before. But people just got tired, people just got tired of it. And it just exploded.**.

INTERVIEWER:

Cut. Mm hmm.