Home Sport Thirty years ago, I watched Rodney King beaten. We thought our fight...

Thirty years ago, I watched Rodney King beaten. We thought our fight was finally over.

0


When I first saw the tape of Rodney King being beaten in the middle of the street on March 3, 1991, I was not horrified or surprised. 

I was hopeful.

I believed that now, finally, the public would believe what Black and Latino activists had been saying: that police brutality is real and continues a long history of treating Black people like their lives do not matter, while simultaneously attempting to hide that reality in plain sight.

Activists had fought for years to get elected leaders to see and act on what was happening in Black communities across America. But officers who killed or brutalized Black people could say that they did it because they had been in fear for their life, whether or not the person was armed.



LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here