Why L.A. Happened: Implications of the '92 Los Angeles Rebellion


A series of essays discussing the reasons for and the solutions to the rioting that took place in Los Angeles in 1992 and the violence that grew out of it in Atlanta.

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A series of essays discussing the reasons for and the solutions to the rioting that took place in Los Angeles in 1992 and the violence that grew out of it in Atlanta.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883780947
  • Publisher: Third World Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Haki R. Madhubuti Why LA Happened
He founded Third World Press in 1967 and is also a founder of the Institute
of Positive Education/New Concept School, co-founder of Betty Shabazz International
Charter School, Barbara A. Sizemore Middle School, and DuSable Leadership Academy.
Professor Madhubuti is also a founder and chairman of the board of the International
Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. He is an award-winning poet
and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the
Humanities fellowships, American Book Award, and others. His distinguished fortythree-
year teaching career includes faculty positions at Columbia College of Chicago,
Cornell University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, Morgan State
University, the University of Iowa and Chicago State University. Madhubuti most
recently served as the 2010-2011 Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul
University. His latest book of poems is Honoring Genius: Gwendolyn Brooks: The
Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Same Song Different Rhythm
Pt. 1 We Are More Than Just Here
Riot 20
From Slavery to Rodney King: Continuity and Change 27
Rodney King and Dred Scott 41
The Los Angeles Rebellion: Seizing the Historical Moment 49
How Do We Rage Safely? Some Thoughts About Racism and the Psychological Consequences of Being Black in America 61
Pt. 2 Hard Facts
Crossover Justice 74
The Symbolism, Logic and Meaning of "Justifiable Homicide" in the 1980s 83
Missing Movement, Missing Fathers: The Culture of Short Lives and Low Expectations 95
Violence, Doublespeak and the American Ruling Elite 105
How the L.A. Uprising Will Affect the '92 Election 121
Rebellion in Los Angeles: The Crises of Racism and Capitalism 129
Pt. 3 Media: No Melody Or Analysis
America's poem, or, 81 seconds and 56 blows 136
The Los Angeles Rebellion: Class, Race and Misinformation 141
What Los Angeles Means: "Negroes Are Lynched in America" 157
The ABC's of Violence: The Impact of the Rodney King Affair on Black Children 163
Pt. 4 Atlanta: What Happened to the New South?
Postscript to the Los Angeles Riot: Atlanta and the Crisis of Black Leadership 174
A Luta Continua: "It Was Either This or Nothing." Kalamu Ya Salaam interviews Kiini Ya Salaam, a student leader of the Atlanta rebellion 185
We Who Believe in Freedom 205
Pt. 5 Steps to Start the Dreams
The Lesson of Rodney King 212
From These Black and Brown Streets: L.A. Revisited 221
South Central: Some Reflections 229
Pt. 6 From the Hard Heart
Somewhere in L.A. cartoon 236
This Is America 237
Let Freedom Ring 241
L.A. 1992: Race, Class and Spiritual Poverty in the American Empire 247
Black Must Be Beautiful Again 259
Heat Wave 265
Pt. 7 More to Remember
Bloods/Crips Proposal 274
And in the Mean Time: Final Words 283
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