In the years following the senseless murder of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins, her name and existence seemed to disappear from media and history. Even the woman convicted of her murder managed to slide away with little to no consequence. But for those who participated in those paramount 4 days of political unrest in 1992, Latasha and Rodney King were the names spray-painted, burned, and etched into the walls of Los Angeles.
The LA Riots, Like Latasha Harlins, Should Not Be Forgotten.
Latasha Harlins was the last spark after repeated injustices, and Rodney King was a final fire from years of racialized violence in southern California…
One ignited the other…
Together they lit a fuse which set the city of Angels into a justified and chaotic upheaval.
Part of our two Black History Month specials
Cassandra and Alice discuss the history leading up to, one nearly forgotten catalyst, and the shameful way one judge’s horrendous idea of justice which set the L.A. riots in motion…
Latasha Harlins, 25 years later. Say her name.
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