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Johnny Otis: Listen to the Lambs (W.W. Norton, NY)

Bill Millar, Shout, December 1969

Johnny Otis is a 48-year-old Greek American, genetically white but black in every other conceivable respect. And if that’s difficult to comprehend, consider that, as a white-skinned black man caught up in the tense atmosphere of the Watts riots, there was never any doubt as to whose side he was on.

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