1) Famous quote from Rodney King
Rodney King, whose beating by LA cops set up riots after those cops were not found guilty in 1991, is found dead on 6/17/2012. Rodney was famously remembered by his statement…Can we all get along?
The media wasted no time to broadcast the news.
The media spared no bandwidth to cover his death—CBS News; CNN (several articles); Los Angeles Times (several articles); Seattle Times; Fox News; New York Daily News; even Brisbane News (Australia) and as far as Bangkok Post; and many television channels and radio stations.
Perhaps, Rodney King did not deserve the beating he took from LA cops on that night when he was drunk and leading the cops in a high-speed chase through dark residential streets of LA—with speed at time up to 90mph.
Perhaps, Rodney King did not deserve the brutal baton blows and taser shots by LA cops while he was trying to get up and did not obey LA cops’ orders to remain down on the ground like King’s 2 other passengers—a total of 56 baton blows and 6 kicks.
But Rodney King is no “symbol of civil rights”—as Al Sharpton praised him.
Rodney King is not the core of the LA riots story.
The core of that story should be Reginald Denny.
2) Reginald Denny’s story
There would be no Reginald Denny’s story if it was up to Reginald Denny himself.
On that fateful date—April 29, 1992—Reginald Denny was driving his 18-wheeler on a shortcut off the Santa Monica freeway down Normandie Avenue like he would normally do.
But there was no normalcy on that date.
As Reginald was crossing Florence, an angry mob upset with the outcome of the verdict for the trials of policemen accused of beating Rodney King charged toward him. They took him off his truck, beat him almost to death—if not for the heroic interventions of four decent South LA residents Bobby Green, Lei Yuille, Titus Murphy and Terri Barnett.
Although Reginald Denny’s life was spared, his speech and walking abilities were permanently damaged. His life was forever changed by no fault of his own.
Damian Williams—who took a cinder block and smashed Denny’s skull—served 4 years of his 10-year sentence and is now serving his 46-year sentence for other crime after his release.
Henry Watson—who stood on Denny’s neck—was not sentenced in his trial.
“It was rage and anger, not just about Rodney King, but the injustices that were going on during that time,” Watson explained, though he claims that nobody really intended to kill Denny. “Nobody specifically sought out Reginald Denny to cause him any harm. He got caught up in the moment, just like everyone else.” (click here to read more)
Most would say Reginald Denny was in the wrong place at the wrong time…
The truth was…Damian Williams, Henry Watson and those angry participants in the LA riots of 1992 were…in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong things!
3) Can we all get along?
Can we all get along, Democrats and Republicans, for the sake of the country by:
—extending tax cuts before they expire at the end of the year
—creating jobs for the unemployed
—managing the country’s deficit and national debt
—balancing trades with China
Can we all get along, Chinese leaders, for the sake of the countries in the Asia-Pacific by:
—stopping China’s bully policies over Vietnam, Philippines, Japan in the surrounding sea
—stopping the claim of the whole ocean for China
Can we all get along, Asad, for the sake of Syria by stopping the killings of innocent Syrians?
Can we all get along, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong-un, and stop your nuclear programs?
The world would be a better place if we all can get along!
For asking that question—can we all get along—rest in peace, Rodney King.