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Paul Sancya

High Unemployment

Urban unrest was not over after the disturbances of the late 1960s. In the summer of 2003, riots erupted in Benton Harbor, Michigan, after a young African-American man crashed his motorcycle while attempting to evade police. Terrance Shurn was killed in a high-speed chase that began in the neighboring city of St. Joseph - 95 percent white - and ended in Benton Harbor, 95 percent black. Tensions between the cities did not begin with the Shurn incident. Economic disparities strained these neighboring cities: St. Joseph's unemployment rate is reportedly at 2 percent, while Benton Harbor's nears 50 percent.

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