The Causes Of Racial Discrimination In The Rodney King

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Los Angeles in the 1990s was plagued by oppression and conflict that thrived in racial divisions. These divisions created a low level of inter-racial acceptance, especially in the highly segregated areas of LA. When Rodney King was brutally assaulted by white police officers, the trial became a symbol of racial tensions throughout the city. Minority groups empathized with King, as they too had been victims of society’s neglect. On April 29, 1992, following the verdict of the jury: not guilty on all counts, Los Angeles burst into violence. Originating at the intersection of Florence and Normandie, enrage rioters blocked the roads and attacked drivers unable to flee. By the next day, fires were widespread throughout the city, and there were many casualties and hundreds injured. Police forces were far overwhelmed so many Koreans storeowners took up arms to defend their shops from looting and destruction by predominately Blacks rioters. By the third day, the military brought the riots under control, which had left a toll of 60 deaths, 2,000 people injured, and billions of dollars in property damage, 40% of which was to Korean-own. Although the violence between Koreans and Blacks was sparked by the Rodney King trial, the strife was primarily fueled by preexisting racial tensions. The media’s nature of embellishment and tendency to stereotype promoted racial prejudices. Many Blacks in 1990s Los Angeles saw the media as biased towards Whites, thus they lacked a media network that
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