From wikipedia: “The incident raised a public outcry among those who believed it was a racially motivated and gratuitous attack.” “...in the black community of South Central Los Angeles) the acquittal in a state court of the four defendants, charged with using excessive force, provided the spark that led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.”
Clearly many blacks considered it to be a racist beating.
On the day the Rodney King verdict came in as not guilty, I was in Charlotte SC for a wedding. I stopped to ask for directions and a black woman approached my car. She had a knife and tried to stab me! I had no idea why at the time.
Speaks to the mentality of a lot of folks. Makes it very hard to look at the ‘individual’ without suspicion.