What I saw as a black journalist covering the L.A. riots 25 years ago
Washington Post

I was a model child, obedient and kind, and my parents sat me down and told me how to behave when stopped by the police. I learned to keep my mouth shut and my opinions to myself, two things that I still have trouble doing. I look white, but I am also African and Cherokee, and both my adopted parents were white. The police are the law and how one deals with them is with eyes cast down, mouth shut except to say “yes, sir” and “no,sir”, and immediate obedience without backtalk.

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