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Nor would it end with his subsequent downward spiral, marked by drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness. And that son would have his own dramatic journey — from a privileged upbringing that led him to the Ivy League, to his own racial awakening, when he realized that no matter how carefully his life was constructed, his skin color would always set him apart from the white world he had so confidently navigated.
The saga of Bill Scott must be told without Scott himself.
Mennen (Soapy) Williams, Michigan’s Democratic governor from 1949 to 1961, who was popular in the black community.
But the elder Scott’s disgust with Detroit’s white political system grew.
William Scott lost his factory job, and subsequently the family lost its house.►Related: Witnesses to history tell stories of Detroit riot►Review: 'Detroit '67' is must-see local theater Unable to find work, William Scott II turned to “the numbers,” the illegal, lottery-like gambling game ubiquitous in black neighborhoods, even as his political activism grew.
Most important, we were right in what we did to the law.”The rebellion was underway. But Scott, a bright but troubled product of the 12th Street neighborhood, left a multi-layered legacy more enduring than broken glass.
Bill Scott’s thrown bottle was a catalyst for one the most destructive civil disorders in U. history — five days of looting, arson and violence in Detroit that killed 43 people and resulted in thousands of injuries and arrests in a summer jolted by violence across dozens of U. It’s a legacy that still resonates today, as the 50th anniversary of 1967 draws near and Detroit reevaluates whether the despair and tensions of that summer continue.
Scott, tall and lean, mounted a car and began to preach to a crowd long accustomed to the harsh tactics of the overwhelmingly white Detroit police in black neighborhoods: “Are we going to let these peckerwood motherf—— come down here any time they want and mess us around?
”The blind pig, also known as the United Community League for Civic Action, was on the second floor of Economy Printing at 9125 12th Street.
He eventually became involved in organizing black political power by training volunteers for local campaigns.