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What's Behind The Baltimore Riots

A protester throws a tear gas canister back toward riot police after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect in the wake of Monday's riots following the funeral for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. (David Goldman/AP)
A protester throws a tear gas canister back toward riot police after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect in the wake of Monday's riots following the funeral for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. (David Goldman/AP)

Tufts University historian Peniel Joseph tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that we’re missing the deeper historical roots of what’s behind the rioting in Baltimore and other U.S. cities recently, and that two generations of African-Americans have been shaped by a criminal justice system that “criminalizes black people en masse.” He makes his point as the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles approaches this summer.

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