What I saw as a black journalist covering the L.A. riots 25 years ago
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What killed Rodney King, after all, was not racism or the LAPD, but the personal vices, personal choices. The influence of drugs/alcohol is what made him unresponsive to the force that would normally subdue an individual- in other words, the shocking show of force was made necessary in part by the imperviousness of the victim in the moment due to the use of alcohol/drugs. But the user is excused, and the law enforcement blamed. And the result is the loss of 50 more lives, most of them black.

Martin Luther King’s dream was that there would come a time when we would judge others by the content of their character rather than by the color of their skin. How do we apply this in the Rodney King case?

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