The Public Interest

After The Riots

Otis Dudley Duncan

Fall 1967

The echoes of the shooting in Newark and Detroit had hardly died down before the second-guessers and soothsayers began to have their say. Mine took the form of a letter to a government official. His request for an expression of views conveyed a tone of urgency, but I doubt that this tone will be sustained. Without assuming it will make any difference whatever, I should like to submit to a wider audience the thoughts that were crystallized in a brief moment.

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