April 29th, 1992. If there was anything that defined the civil unrest and despair of living in Southern California, it was punctuated by the Los Angeles Riots. A myriad of emotions were felt that day: anger from the now-infamous acquittal of the four police officers that brutalized one Rodney King, to greed from folks breaking into stores and grabbing everything within eyesight, to sadness of the lives and livelihoods lost from the subsequent violence, to humorous jealousy of me knowing that some of my classmates were running up in stores and snatching up Super Nintendos. In 1993 filmmaker Matthew McDaniel documented this in more in his award-winning film, and with the 20-year anniversary of the Riots the folks at ego trip threw this reminder of yesteryear. Check it all out down bottom.

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  • dalek

    Grammar check?

  • http://charlesblk.tumblr.com/ CharlesBlack

    This is a great post, thank you for sharing this. History isn't talked about enough and I was wondering if anybody knew what this weekend was.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/zAhLbeRG jones

    *MEANWHILE I LISTEN TO "THURZ - L.A. RIOT" 'fuck the police'*

  • frv

    In 1993, filmmaker Matthew McDaniel documented this and more in his award-winning film, and with the 20-year anniversary of the Riots, the folks at ego trip threw this reminder of yesteryear.

  • https://www.facebook.com/incaseyoumissedit Faran

    "I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the color of the skin..." ~Malcolm X

  • http://www.owoodsga.tumblr.com Obv

    great post Meka.

  • Cali Grown

    @Faron
    Amen w/ that quote, my dude.

    I could understand the anger of Africa Americans in the midst of the acquittal but to destroy innocent people's property and harm them in the name of justice goes against the very idea of justice, peace or equality.

    Which brings me to @Faron's quote. I prey when that day comes we channel our anger and pain on to the real enemy not each other. We can't let the old divide & conquer tactic blind us from the fact that we're all in the same gang! Fuck skin color! I'm part of the human race! You oppress my neighbor you oppress me.

    Our government has failed we the people. They no longer work in our interest but for the ultra-elite who pull the strings. They taint our food, condition us through media, and trample our civil liberties. Freedom isn't free and whether we like it or not we have a responsibility to make sure our government doesn't overstep it's boundaries. After WW2 Germans were belittled and frowned upon by many. Why you might ask? They sat back and let the Nazi regime gut their freedom. They didn't fight back and the lives and livelihood of many were lost because of it.

    Imagine if the LA rioters stormed the White House or the Federal Reserve. Peace to all my freedom fighters & true Hip Hop heads. (R)evolution!

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
    -Thomas Jefferson

    "Give me liberty or give me death"
    -Patrick Henry

  • Mr. Andre

    I remember the ashes floating down like black snowflakes. I remember the smell. I remember the sound.

    We're about do for another revolution.

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