Blind Pigs by Steve Payne and
says: what if Detroit had been chosen as the venue for the 1968 Summer
Olympics? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not
necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
October 18th 1963,
on this day at the sixtieth International Olympic Committee Session in
Baden-Baden, West Germany, Detroit finished ahead of bids from Mexico
City, Buenos Aires and Lyon to host the Games of the XIX Olympiad.
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"his would have hurt the Olympic movement, and the
race problems in the US would have become even more of a subject for
international debate and comment than they actually were." - reader's
The contrived image of a multi-ethnic metropolis of
brotherhood was shattered by the deadliest and most destructive riots in
American history occurring less than twelve months before the opening
ceremony was scheduled to begin.
The precipitating event began on the corner of 12th and Clairmount streets
when police raided an unlicensed, after-hours bar then known as a "blind
pig" in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 23, 1967. The violence
escalated immediately as the police initiated confrontations with patrons
and also observers.
"I'd say there'd have been a loud call to relocate
the Olympics. It would probably have failed, but the Olympics would have
taken place under a harsh glare of international scrutiny. " - reader's
The African American State Senator Coleman A. Young arrived
in the city's Near West Side hoping to reduce tensions on both sides by
serving as an arbitrator, Meanwhile, higher authorities had already
disregarded peaceful solutions and determined that force was required.
Accordingly, Governor George Romney ordered the Michigan National Guard
into Detroit, and President Lyndon B. Johnson sent in the Army.
The tragic result was forty-three dead (including Coleman A. Young), 467
injured, over 7200 arrests, and more than 2000 buildings destroyed. The
riot was prominently featured in the news media, with live television
coverage, extensive newspaper reporting, and extensive stories in Time and
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