No Peace: The LA Riots

I remember where I was 20 years ago when I watched non-stop news of the LA riots. I was in 7th grade. My parents had sent me to a Christian institution for two months, so I wasn’t at my school when the riots went down; when I got back to school, I heard stories of racial tension by way of fights between students and extreme disrespect for white teachers. At the time, all I knew was that a black man had been beaten by four white police officers who, it was claimed, were racists – and that when an all-white jury acquitted the officers of all crimes associated with the beating, South Los Angeles quite literally exploded. A lot of kids I went to school with believed the riots were justified.

Later on, though, when pictures of looters stealing unbelievable amounts of clothing, alcohol, and electronics (not to mention guns and jewelry) were printed in the magazines we read and tales of Korean shop owners being targeted by black rioters started coming out, I began to question whether the riots could be justified at all. Even as a kid I knew something wasn’t right. Then stories of what had happened before George Holliday’s new video camera started rolling came tumbling out and my view changed dramatically.

Rodney King was a convicted felon on parole for a robbery conviction. He was spotted by CHP officers driving erratically; they tried to pull him over, but he ran. He eventually got off the freeway and kept running, driving at speeds of 80 mph in residential neighborhoods. When he was finally cornered, police ordered the two passengers – Bryant Allen and Freddie Helms, both also black – out of the vehicle. Both men immediately complied and were taken into custody without incident. King, however, acted strangely. He got out, waved at the police helicopter and laughed at officers. The situation escalated when he reached both hands to his back waistband; officers thought he was reaching for a weapon, and they ordered him onto the ground. When the officers holstered their sidearms and tried to apply handcuffs, King jumped up, sending two officers flying. One officer used his Taser on King, but the Taser had almost no effect on him – he got up and charged again. That’s when the batons came out.

The officers may have taken it just a bit too far, but I would hardly call it brutality when they are facing a man who is so intoxicated that they believe he’s on PCP. The taser did little to nothing, and they didn’t want to shoot him – what else were they supposed to do? Let him keep attacking them? I don’t know how true it is, but I heard reports that he spat at the medics in the ambulance and screamed profanities at them.

Last night, I was with my friends on duty and we decided to watch “Hip Hop and the LA Riots”. Documentary? Not quite – it’s a crockumentary. The only people interviewed were rappers who felt the violence of the LA riots was justified. The comments being made by these rappers were astoundingly narcissistic. One rapper said that the riots were the culmination of everything they’d been rapping about since the 70’s. The high point of the whole thing was Henry Keith Watson standing at Florence and Normandie – the intersection where he and three other black men dragged Reginald Denny from the cab of his 18-wheeler and beat him nearly to death – saying, “one beating does not make up for four hundred years of white people’s bullshit! Not even close.” He went on a rant about how black people in South LA are held down by white people and racism still rules our culture.

That was the sum of the comments made by everyone: blacks are put down by racist whites and we’ll never get a break and the LA riots was our way of saying enough is enough.

Let’s talk about reality. More than 70% of black children are illegitimate, born to single parents. Education rates are abysmal; more than half of all black kids drop out of high school, and barely more than 10% of black kids go on to attend college. With those kind of numbers about kids growing up without a family and not finishing school, I find it astonishing that we don’t understand why blacks account for 15% of all violent crimes in the US (amazing considering they only comprise less than 13% of the entire population) and 94% of all violent crimes committed against blacks were committed by other black people – and blacks make up 38% of the entire prison population in the US.

Then 20 years after the riots, black rappers claim that they all just wanted jobs (which had gone away from LA because of outrageously liberal policies against businesses) and to be respected. How can you expect anyone to respect you when you don’t even respect yourself?

We’re living in a time now where you make yourself. You have the same opportunity that I have. You can choose to go to school, get an education, go to college (yes, you may have to work your way through it – I did), and make an honest living…or you can ignore your education, drop out, become an alcoholic, join a gang, deal drugs, and blame everyone but yourself for your problems while you demand that the government give you something better. You are your own creation. Nobody forced you to stop caring about doing something better with your life. Either stop complaining and actually do something or give up and revel in your failures, but stop blaming everything on me because I’m white.

To give you a better idea of how the culture of professional victimhood (which Tammy Bruce describes in her book, “The Death of Right and Wrong”) works, consider what happened in the wake of Reginald Denny’s beating. Bobby Green, a black trucker who lived a block away from the infamous intersection, saw Denny’s beating on the news and rushed to the scene. With the help of two others, he put Denny back in the cab and drove him to the hospital – saving his life. When it came time to testify, people in the neighborhood threatened Green’s life to stop him from testifying against Watson and the others involved. To his further credit, Green refused to back down.

Until the race-baiters and self-pitying attention-seekers stop perpetuating the cycle of victimhood, there will be no peace. That has nothing to do with anything white people have done to repress anyone. It has everything to do with the selfishness and greed that liberals accuse everyone else of.