• Beverly Hills, Buckhead, SoHo: The New Sites of Urban Unrest

    by Emily Badger

    In a reflection of how American cities have changed since the 1960s, demonstrations have included many wealthy areas. Historians and scholars including Thomas Sugrue, Alison Isenberg and Lester Spence comment on this change. 

  • Words Matter When Talking About Race, Unrest, Experts Say

    UCLA historian Robin Kelley insists rebellions occur when the usual channels for affecting change in a democracy – nonviolent protest, voting – have been ineffective, and the term "riot" obscures that fact.

  • The Fire This Time

    by Jeet Heer

    These two crucial differences—the fact that a Republican is presiding over the chaos and that the opposition to police violence is racially diverse—open the possibility for a better outcome than in 1968.

  • Where Have All the Rioters Gone?

    by Matthew Desmond

    Good jobs in black communities have disappeared, evictions are the norm, and extreme poverty is rising. Cities should be exploding—but they aren’t.

  • Liberal Punishment

    by Mike Konczal

    Liberal law and order expanded during the urban riots of the 1960s.

  • On the ‘Root Cause’ of Riots

    by Abraham H. Miller

    We should’ve learned it in the ’60s: White racism is not the core issue, and money is not the answer.

  • Niall Ferguson: Paris could burn this summer

    High youth unemployment in Europe and disappointing growth expectations in the emerging world could mean more mass protests like the ones seen in Brazil, Niall Ferguson told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Tuesday."There are two kinds of city that we could see burn this summer," Ferguson said. "The big European cities with Paris at the top of the list look extremely vulnerable. Paris has a greater tradition of urban rioting than almost any city in the world."Ferguson, a Harvard University professor, said the French economy is bad and "the youth unemployment problem right across Latin Europe is really an explosion waiting to go off."...