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After LAPD officers Laurence Powell Theodor Briseno and Timoty Wind supervised Sgt Stacey Koon were found not guilty of beating citizen King the Los Angeles riots erupted Why did the riots occur The rebellion was an outcome of the fiscal and social troubles which conffroting Americas city and now To understand riots one must understand the causes of social rage ussually said to be racism poverty lack of economic opportunity and why people who experience this rage manage it in such a destructive manner America is a suburban country and urban America is still losing population Today about three-quarters of all Americans live in metropolitan areas Two-thirds of them - in other words about half the nations population - live in suburbs Furthermore in every region of the country - even where city population are increasing - the fastest-growing parts of the metropolitan areas are the surrounding suburbs During the 1980s for example Los Angeles grew by 174 while its suburbs grew by 295 Baltimore lost 64 of its population while its suburbs grew by 165 Between 1970 and 1990 Chicago was loosing 17 of its population as its suburbs gained 24 Furthermore in fact the suburbs dominate politics The number of Congressmembers who represent cities is declining while the number who represent suburbs is increasing For example in 1992when the riots in Los Angeles occured the House had 98 urban districts 170 suburban districts and 88 rural districts the rest were a mix of urban-suburban or rural-suburban populations Of course members of Congress who present suburban areas may be personally sympathetic to the plight of the central citiesbut it does not mean they will vote to spend their constituents tax dollars to alleviate urban problems These aspects have led to the movement of businesses to the suburbs and these forces are extremely difficult to counteract Because people live work and pursue many of their leisure activities in the suburbs its income much
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