President Johnson denounced men who organize racial troubles in United States cities as a Kansas City.
President Johnson making his speech.
Chicago racial disorder with police making arrests.
Transcript: President Johnson said: "Riots and racial disorders are a serious threat to local law enforcement. They have spawned a group of men whose interest lay in provoking others to destruction while they fled the consequences. These wretched vulgar men... These poisonous propagandists posed as spokesmen for the under-privileged and capitalized on the real grievances of suffering people."
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Background: President Johnson denounced men who organize racial troubles in United States cities as a Kansas City. Missouri speech Thursday (September 14). At the same time the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, SNCC, in a Negro ghetto of Chicago. Illinois was holding a rally which degenerated into a rock-throwing melee.
SNCC speakers angrily accused police of brutality against Negroes then, when young Negroes began throwing rocks, police were their first targets. It took 300 police almost seven hours to restore order. They arrested 50 persons, and 13 others were injured, including six policemen.