From an apartment in Biloxi, Miss., I watched on TV as Los Angeles burned, rioted and turned itself inside out on April 29, 1992.
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As I watched the advancing columns of smoke as the marauders shifted from points south toward Hollywood -- burning, looting and killing along the way -- it became clear that we were in the crosshairs and there was no one to call.
The Rodney King beating set off a spark within Los Angeles' black community, and when the four officers charged with assaulting him were acquitted, th...
I assumed that the wounds left by the riots would fester for a lifetime. I thought of myself and my family as permanently disfigured. But here we are, 20 years later, and we are still alive.
This year, on the 20th anniversary of the King verdict and the L.A. riots, many still ask the incessant question: Can it happen again?
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