Hip Hop Riots

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In Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots, Snoop Dogg narrates this documentary focusing not just on the L.A riots, but how it affected and influenced hip hop by some of the most controversial hip hop tracks of all time, such as Body Count’s “Cop Killer” and NWA’s “F Tha Police.” This was the first time I watched the Rodney King beating and all the footage of the riots. It was definitely heartbreaking; there was no justice and no peace. It was one of the worst riots in American History. Discrimination, oppression, and police brutality was shown throughout the documentary. The riots started after a trial jury acquitted four Los Angeles Police Department officers of assault and use of excessive force, they were videotaped beating Rodney King. It was apparent that the police used excessive force. I understand that King was at fault at the time of the arrest but the excessive beating was completely unnecessary and uncalled for. The police…show more content…
Stores owned by Latinos, Koreans, and other Asian ethnicities were widely targeted. The riots caused nearly $1 billion in property damage, including the burnings of nearly 4,000 buildings. The horrific beating of Reginald Denny was also hard to watch. Denny was driving in his truck when he was pulled out from the truck by a group of black men; they knocked him in the head with a hammer, a brick, and an oxygen tank; nearly killing him and leaving him with permanent brain damage. In the video footage it was clear that local police had abandoned the area; they were ordered out of there. Watching this was heartbreaking and horrifying, people were standing there taking pictures of him; but no one was helping him until the live broadcast was seen on TV by someone and they ran to help. I was disappointed because many in the film felt no remorse for what they had done. Reginald Denny on his part felt no resentment towards his attackers. He forgave every single one of

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