In light of the racist cops who refuse to leave Rodney King alone, I will link to CNN’s “Race and Rage: The Beating of Rodney King” documentary, which aired in March to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots.
I was 12 years old when that happened. African-Americans were so pissed off about the obviously racist verdict in the Rodney King trial that they responded by burning down Los Angeles.
At the time, I didn’t understand why African-Americans were being portrayed as the victims when they were shooting people, looting stores, and burning down a major city on national television. I didn’t yet have the vocabulary to understand what I was seeing.
In related news, what the band Rage Against The Machine once described as “The Battle of Los Angeles” seems to be unfolding in that city, and I am not referring to the stupid movie about aliens.