The Long Hot Summer of 1967. Some of you are old enough to remember them. For those who are not, you may have heard of the riots of ’67 and ’68. There is a comparison and the article (linked) on ammo.com is worth a read.
One difference between then and now that I have noted was the large presence of white anarchists, thugs and shot callers directing the angry black public to destroy their own neighborhoods. They delivered loads of bricks to be thrown by the inner city youth, they directed them to targets of opportunity, and they had radio coms to better organize the riot. In 1968, if there were white people whispering into Martin Luther King’s ear, they did it most discretely. Not today.
In 2020 the Democrat Party and its media allies all but organized and led the destruction and discontent in the hopes of unseating President Trump. So it’s the same and different. In 1968, there hadn’t been a two term black president in office, and unemployment in the inner city wasn’t at an all time low.