ISSUE 1270

Detroit 1967: As then, now – the summer of love and hate

Fifty years on from the riots that rippled through Detroit in 1967, race still divides the US today. The violence that shocked Charlottesville in the past week resurrected the spectre of the racist attacks unleashed in American cities in the 1960s. Stuart Cosgrove says those events lit the touchpaper for change.

Also this week:

  • We explore America’s shocking map of hate, and how the Southern Poverty Law Center is tracking hate groups across the US.
  • In Letter To My Younger Self, the tricky-to-impress country pop queen Shania Twain reflects on her adolescent introduction to music – “at eight I was singing in folk clubs until 2 or 3 on a school night – and coming to terms with loss and love.”
  • In a special investigation into the crisis engulfing the UK prison system, we look at how female offenders are being caught in a vicious cycle of crime and poverty. It’s a preventable catch-22 that currently leaves 60 per cent of ex-cons homeless.