Blackout - 1977 - New York City
In 1977 an electrical blackout occurred in New York City that resulted in citywide looting and other acts of criminal activity. The police knew nothing. The fire department knew nothing. The mayor knew nothing. The chairman of Con Edison himself knew nothing. Racial tensions were high, and a serial killer known as Son of Sam had recently terrorized New Yorkers.
Time Magazine described New York’s blackout, in 1977 as a „Night of Terror.“
Sociologists point to extraordinary demographic and historical issues that contributed the looting. For instance, extreme poverty and socio-economic inequality plagued New York neighborhoods, and many of the looters originated from the poorer sections of the city, engaging in „vigilante redistribution“ by looting consumer goods and luxuries.