Tag Archives: Rodney King

Korean Lives Finally Matter

Two years after the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a 24-year-old black man and a 17-year-old black male walked into a liquor store in San Bernardino, Calif., where a Korean immigrant named Bruce Suh worked behind the counter. They stuck a gun in Suh’s face and told him to lie face down on the […]

The Next Rodney King

Somewhere there’s a young, black American male looking to hit it big on the Blue Lotto. A young, black man who has dropped out of school, has used drugs, spent some time in jail and has weighed the career options that seem available to him – hip-hop star, football or basketball star, drug dealer – […]

Rodney King’s ‘Junkyard of Dreams’

The last time I saw Rodney King was in a small courtroom in Fontana, Calif., east of L.A. It was seven years after the riot that correctly bears his name. He was wearing shoes that looked like Bruno Magli and a suit made of fine cloth, the kind that drapes just so. He still had […]