This week was the fifteen year anniversary of the 1992 LA Riots. Kevin, an LA native, wrote a thoughtful piece at his new blog Alert the Bear about the riots and what has (and hasn't) changed. I especially found the end of his post interesting, about the way people talk about the riots, and violence in general. One writer had described it as a "cathartic rage." Kevin responds with this:
Cathartic? Since when is arson (more than 1,100 buildings), murder (53 lives taken), racially-targeted violence (2,300 people injured), and widespread mayhem considered cathartic?
If writers and politicians continue to frame riot in terms of "uprising" or exacting satisfaction, then it will be construed to be a justifiable event, which it is not and never can be.Alert the Bear is a blog about all things California. Books, news, culture, music, films, nature, travel, and all that good stuff. Enjoy!