Rodney King, Key L.A. Riots Figure, Dead at 47
June 17, 2012 | 10:23 am
Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police helped spark the 1992 L.A. riots, died Sunday at his home in Rialto. He was 47.
King became a symbol for police brutality and the troubled relations between the LAPD and minority residents. He was eventually awarded a $3.8-million settlement, but the money and fame brought him little solace. He had repeated run-ins with the law and as of April said he was broke ...
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Awarded 3.8 million dollars, and he still couldn’t make it. It’s very tempting to say something contemptuous, but what good would it do? Naturally, the L.A. Times is portraying him as a Celebrated Symbol of Public Awareness of Police Brutality. What was he really? Star-crossed? A victim of Caucasian hostility and indifference? A criminal? A lunatic? A tragic figure? A clown? Merely pathetic? Or maybe just an ordinary, garden-variety asshole?
You be the judge.
There are many very sad things about it, but the saddest of all is that we pay so much attention to degrading spectacles of this sort.
One thing is certain, however: MONEY without proper moral grounding, and enough education to know how it can and should be used has little value.