May 16, 1992
Those who are "outraged" by the comments of Byron Scott regarding the rioting have created an epic false dichotomy that seems typical of an audience truly ignorant of the anger that African Americans have felt for years. Because he did not condemn those creating the violence does not mean that he condones them. It seems that the people writing these letters, like the jurors in the Rodney King trial, do not have any desire to understand what is truly going on in L.A.; they would rather sit at home in their safe white neighborhoods watching their color TVs. BRIAN ROVNER San Diego
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1992
Mayor Tom Bradley should have said during the Rodney King trial that he was demanding a federal indictment of Los Angeles policemen for violating King's civil rights. The looting, burning and killing were worse because Bradley did not reassure the community that justice for blacks was available in Los Angeles. President Bush called for a federal investigation only after the King verdict triggered the rioting. The President's action came too late to prevent catastrophe. Neither social justice nor courtroom justice can exist without intelligent, caring and timely actions by our leaders.
February 14, 1993
From the perspective of a foreign resident of the U.S., what is called the "Rodney King" trial is a most disturbing event. What I wonder, would those politically correct people who applaud this retrial think if the officers had been convicted--and the Justice Department was now intervening in the hope of getting them acquitted? There is also a disturbing duplicity about the expressed reasons for creating this new trial. If the original trial was considered by the Justice Department to be unsatisfactory, that can only be because of its verdict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1992
My name is Hadley and I am 11 years old. I am writing to talk about my feelings concerning the verdicts of the Rodney King trial. When I heard the words "not guilty," I became enraged. I continued to watch the news all evening and became completely informed about the situation. Then, an idea came into my head. I am sick and tired of being too young to do anything. Many people my age are educated in these situations and should be qualified to vote for what they believe in. Here is my idea.
March 7, 1993 |
The letter arrived in December and said: "Congratulations. You have been selected to be considered for a jury in a federal case that will last two months, sequestered, downtown." My sister read it and said: "This is the Rodney King trial." For two months, I was sort of preparing for this because I felt it was a chance of a lifetime, that maybe I would really get a chance to do something for my community, which I always try to do anyway with my photography.
February 26, 1992 |
When the landmark Rodney King beating trial opens next week in Simi Valley, the 8-month-old Court TV channel will offer viewers a live, gavel-to-gavel, ringside seat. But Orange County--and most of Los Angeles--apparently will have to be satisfied with nightly newscast wrap-ups or CNN's on-again, off-again live coverage. Of several Orange County cable television systems contacted Tuesday, none reported plans to carry live coverage of the trial.