Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Plainfield Riots were a series of racially-charged violent disturbances that occurred in Plainfield, New Jersey during the summer of 1967, which mirrored the 1967 Newark riots in nearby Newark, New Jersey.Plainfield is located about 18 miles south west of Newark and in 1967 it had a population of 48,000, of which about a third were African American.Two days before the Plainfield riots began, the Newark rioting had broken out It continued as of July 14, 1967. Many communities in northern New Jersey were on edge, Plainfield included.On the night of Friday, July 14 a fight broke out at a local diner, The White Star. Afterwards about 40 young black men left the diner and marched back to their housing project in the West End section of Plainfield. They vented their anger along the way by smashing store windows and throwing rocks at police cars. When the local police showed up in force, the group dispersed.