Speaking from the White House on Tuesday, President Obama told reporters that the tensions between Baltimore residents and local police were “not new, and we shouldn’t pretend that it’s new.”
He’s right. Wednesday is the twenty-third anniversary of the riots that followed the acquittal of four white police officers accused of beating Rodney King.
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Worth remembering that today is the 23rd anniversary of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. The déjà vu of history.
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) April 29, 2015
“Why does it take a catastrophe like this in order for America to hear our cry?” one demonstrator asked an MSNBC reporter on Tuesday.