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The Golden City

11 EpisodesProduced by Walter ThompsonWebsite

Join host Walter Thompson for The Golden City, a podcast that presents stories from San Francisco’s past, present and future. In each episode, Thompson and guests explore aspects of the city’s news, history and culture that often go overlooked. Whether you’re a native or a tourist, listen to the The… read more

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The Golden City E10 - From Matthew Johnson to George Floyd

In September 1966, a white San Francisco police officer shot and killed Matthew Johnson, an unarmed 16-year-old Black boy in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood whom he suspected of stealing a car.
Within hours, outrage stirred the community to action, culminating in a three-day uprising that saw widespread looting, a citywide curfew and 2,000 National Guard soldiers dispatched to keep order.
The Bayview-Hunters Point uprising is far too big a story to condense for a single episode, but the parallels between the killings of Matthew Johnson and George Floyd are so strong, I couldn’t leave it alone.

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