On This Day In San Francisco History

On May 21st, 1979, 30 years ago, The City exploded into riots.

Dan White had been given a mere five years in prison for murdering two men in cold blood, one the mayor of S.F. George Moscone, the other openly-gay Supervisor Harvey Milk.

After the verdict was announced thousands of protesters converged on City Hall and well, the rest is history….watch the above clip from the brilliant doco “The Life And Times Of Harvey Milk”….then as now, a white ex-cop gets treated slightly different than the rest of us when it comes to the justice system.

The “White Night Riots” as they were later christened also gave us the cover of the first Dead Kennedys album. God bless S.F. and people’s power worldwide.


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