The riots in Ferguson, Missouri, this week bring to mind the Hough riots in Cleveland in 1966. (Won’t our country ever change?) Both Ferguson and the Hough section of Cleveland had recently changed from nearly all-white to mostly African-American, but their police forces remained mostly white. During the Hough riot, four people were killed, about thirty injured, and well over two hundred fires reported. Police in riot gear battled snipers with clubs and tear gas, and rioters responded with rocks and fire bombs. Eventually, the mayor called in the National Guard.
Both riots demonstrate the continuing racial divide that plagues the U.S. In my new novel, Canoedling in Cleveland, in between canoeing all the rivers around Cleveland, teens in an all-white suburb investigate why no African-Americans live in town. Then they try to bridge the racial gap. A new review by Amanda Alley in our hometown newspaper, the Hyattsville (MD) Life&Times, describes the book.