During the riot, black Buffalonians expressed their dissatisfaction with the terrible conditions under which they were forced to live.
Lack of opportunities in employment, de facto segregated housing, and inferior education all contributed to the frustrations that black Buffalonians felt.
Besag of the State University of New York at Buffalo and his team of research assistants conducted interviews with Buffalonians who participated in and witnessed the riot.
Yet not all white Buffalonians viewed the rioters as mere criminals.
Indeed, a sympathetic opinion piece in the Philadelphia Tribune agreed with black Buffalonians that the main issue behind the riot was unemployment.
Sedita, were willing to work with black community leaders to find solutions to the grievances of black Buffalonians, particularly those who lived on the East Side.