Los Angeles Had a Chance to Build a Better City After the Rodney King Violence in 1992. Here's Why It Failed

Los Angeles Had a Chance to Build a Better City After the Rodney King Violence in 1992. Here's Why It Failed

Rodney King was “just the trigger.”In stark contrast to most prior rebellions around America, the collective violence in Los Angeles was multiracial and multiethnic. This was the first viral video of police brutality, exposing white Americans to state violence in Black Los Angeles and Black America. The possibility that the “riot” in Los Angeles was a political act did not factor into Bush’s analysis. “What we saw last night and the night before in Los Angeles, is not about civil rights,” the president told the nation. “In return for these demands,” the proposal promised, “the Blood/Crips Organization will request the drug lords of Los Angeles .

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