When times get tough, how quickly we descend into tribalism.
Another racial brawl breaks out Friday at LA jail
This is much like the type of social unrest Kunstler predicts for the USA on the downslope of peak oil. Don't think ethnic violence is unusual, or limited to jails. Read in Jared Diamond's Collapse about how resource scarcity caused the ethnic violence and genocide in Rwanda. All people can become viscious when threatened. How long did it take in New Orleans? Three days. White "deputies" with shotguns on a bridge were defending their town against a percieved invasion of mostly black refugees from New Orleans.