'Dapper' Gangs: What Would Don Lemon Say?

In 1966 Watts, they definitely weren't sagging. The results of that "self-respect"? You be the judge. 

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Where the black community could buy homes in American suburbia and live out the middle-class dream, significant racial violence escalated. White gangs bombed homes and burnt crosses on the lawns. In response to the assaults, black mutual protection clubs formed and became the basis of the region's fearsome street gangs.

So despite their conservative attire (including some really, really uncomfortably tight-looking pants), these men were still characterized as "fearsome." Hmm. It's also unclear whether the cardigans moved the ball on the underlying racial issues that inspired the riots and drew attention to their community in the first place. (Wild guess: Not at all.)

But at least they felt good about themselves?

Editor's note: The original text misstated the year of the Life magazine article.

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