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LA Riot Deaths Haunted Rodney King

“Even now, I walk into a place wondering what people are thinking. Do they know who I am? What do they think about what happened? Do they blame me for the all those people who died?” So said Rodney King just a few months ago, in an interview with Kurt Streeter of the Los Angeles Times.

King, who was was found dead Sunday morning at his Rialto home, remained troubled by the ’92 riots. In light of King’s passing, Streeter recalled his time spent with the man:

When he talked about his life and all that had happened, it was clear that he cared deeply about others. He couldn’t let go of the fact that 54 people died in the 1992 upheaval that he ruefully noted were known as “the Rodney King riots.”

On a wall in his backyard pool he used black tile to inscribe the dates of both the beating and the riots: 3/31/91 and 4/29/92.

One day in March, I watched him sweeping leaves from the pool. He told me that he’d considered adding another inscription. He looked at the pool. “I thought of putting the number of people who died down there on the wall, the number 54,” he said. “But that would be too much. Just too much death.”

That was the same swimming pool where King was found dead on Sunday morning. He was 47.

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Former LA Times Reporter Takes Dim View of Riots Anniversary

When Bill Boyarsky worked for the LA Times, he covered both the riots sparked by Rodney King and the trial of O.J. Simpson. In his latest column for truthdig.com, he considers the Trayvon Martin shooting and recent hate crimes in Tulsa, Oklahoma within the 20th anniversary context of the 1992 riots.

His conclusions are not happy ones. Although he acknowledges there are differences between the decades-separated incidents, he argues that the U.S. racial divide remains as bad as ever. Boyarsky quotes some interesting data from Rand, Gallup and Loyola Marymount, while also pointing the finger at a layer that was absent during his LA Times days:

We thought communications were fast, but compared with today, news traveled slowly and rabble-rousing nuts didn’t have the Internet to spew their venom… With racist gunslingers inspired by their Facebook and Twitter “friends,” emboldened by permissive gun laws and hating the increasing racial diversity of America, nothing has changed.

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Oh. So It Wasn’t a Joke.

dfadsf.jpgWe need to get out more. Because, if we got out more, we might have seen the Atlantic on the newsstands, and then we would have known that the cover (which we got in our inboxes last week and promptly deleted) were real.

That really is Britney Spears on the cover.

David Samuels explains himself:

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French Law Bans Citizen Journalists From Covering Violence

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FBLA knows a whole lot of people who are always blabbing about how much better things are in France. The food, the childcare, the food, etc. Here’s something that’s not only not better, it’s much worse:

The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists. The law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who film acts of police violence, or operators of Web sites publishing the images.

George Halliday’s taping the Rodney King beating could have landed him with up to five years in prison and a fine of $98,537.

Maybe this site pissor’ed someone off.

Tourists who want to show Paris burning had better stick to Ms. Hilton.