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Los Angeles Riots (1992)

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  • In 2014, hip hop takes a potent stand

    In 2014, hip hop takes a potent stand
    There's a line in New York rapper ASAP Ferg's syrupy new track "Talk It," a musical response to the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent riots in Ferguson, Mo., that underscored the calcified nature of relations between black communities and the police across America in 2014.
  • Black men: Beware of police officers

    It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see...

    The fire next time ... may engulf Ferguson

    By every indication -- from both the street and civic offices -- Ferguson, Missouri is expected to blow. The grand jury decision on whether a white police officer will be charged in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old black man could come any...

    Obama's election did not improve race relations

    Whatever happened to "Obamamania"? Recent polls suggest that race relations have gotten worse since President Barack Obama's 2008 election — or, at least, that more Americans think they have. It didn't help anybody's feeling of sunny delight...

    Brenda E. Stevenson, writer of wrongs

     Brenda E. Stevenson, writer of wrongs
    Historian Brenda E. Stevenson (pictured in her UCLA office, with an African sculpture) mostly writes about the long-gone — 18th and 19th century African Americans, and the lives of enslaved women. Then came the case that made history while L.A....