The word riot was used in medieval Europe to refer to a dispute or a quarrel. Today, a riot can be defined as a highly energized crowd that lacks a particular purpose. These social eruptions can be highly emotional and violent. Riots are typically undirected and have no clear goal, objective, or agenda. Although riots are often caused by some type of grievance or social injustice, they can also be sparked by positivity or celebration. Riots often continue until participants willingly decide to quit or until authorities regain control of the situation.

Race Riots

Race riots have been attributed to a variety of social, economic, and political factors. Discrimi­nation and unequal opportunity, for example, have frequently been cited as instigating factors for race riots throughout the ...

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