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20 years after riots, LA residents say race relations feel better, economy still hurts
The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | April 25, 2012

Posted on 04/25/2012 6:09:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

LOS ANGELES — Henry Keith Watson remembers April 29, 1992, as if it happened just last week. History won’t allow him to forget it.

It was a day that marked the beginning of one of the deadliest, most destructive race riots in the nation’s history, and one in which Watson’s spur-of-the-moment decision to take part made him one of the enduring faces of the violence....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; cynthiakelly; henrykeithwatson; losangeles; raceriots; rodneyking
So George Zimmerman bad, Henry Keith Watson good?
1 posted on 04/25/2012 6:09:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
said the POS that should STILL be in jail!!!
2 posted on 04/25/2012 6:18:04 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

The LA riots are the answer to the question “why can’t we all just get along” — posed, ironically, by Rodney King during the riots. The late George Wallace (the comic) made fun of Rodney King’s airheaded ramble.

My favorite irony and example of stupidity came from the idiot who complained — after taking part in the incineration of the mostly Asian-owned businesses — that there wasn’t anywhere to shop, no laundrymats, no liquor stores, nothing.

The next major news item which was a direct result of those riots was the acquittal of OJ.

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 6:40:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
1992 Riots

1992 Everything is Free

1992 Riots looting
4 posted on 04/25/2012 6:47:40 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: SunkenCiv

Race relations are better because now there is only one race there...


5 posted on 04/25/2012 6:48:23 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: SunkenCiv
that there wasn’t anywhere to shop, no laundrymats, no liquor stores, nothing.

Do they even speak English in that part of town now?

6 posted on 04/25/2012 6:51:56 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

oh i thought you meant watts riots circa 1965.


7 posted on 04/25/2012 6:54:15 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


“I got caught up in the emotions like everyone else,” Watson says 20 years after a riot that would leave 55 people dead, more than 2,300 injured and himself forever recognized as one of the attackers of white truck driver Reginald Denny, who himself became the enduring image of the innocents victimized during the chaos.

***Snip***

As the liquor store at the intersection of Florence and Normandie was being looted and white passersby were fleeing a barrage of rocks and bottles, Denny stopped his big rig to avoid running over someone.

He was quickly dragged from the cab and nearly beaten to death by Watson and a handful of others. As the attack unfolded on live TV, Watson stepped on Denny’s head after Damian Williams smashed the trucker’s skull in with a brick.

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Asked if he feels badly about what he did to Denny, he says simply that what happened to the trucker that day was “unfortunate.”

“But I can’t take it back. There’s nothing I can do.”

Watson did apologize personally to Denny some years ago, the only one of his attackers to do so. Another time he offered to send a limo to pick him up and take him to Florence and Normandie, then somewhere afterward where the two could have a drink and talk.

He says Denny, who lives quietly in Arizona these days, declined. The trucker has shunned interviews for years, and repeated attempts to contact him by mail, phone and in person for this story were unsuccessful.

“He chooses to remain in private,” Watson said. “And we respect his privacy. So be it.”


Watson is obviously a great humanitarian for moving past his near fatal beating of Denny, whereas Denny is obviously a racist for not forgiving Watson and his “caught-up-in-the-moment” accomplices. What more needs to be said by WaPo?


8 posted on 04/25/2012 7:02:54 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: kearnyirish2

What’s good for the goose...


9 posted on 04/25/2012 7:07:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Mike Darancette

Why should that have changed? ;’)


10 posted on 04/25/2012 7:08:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Much like Los Angeles as a whole, the neighborhood’s Latino population has grown while the black population has declined.

Most of the blacks headed east bound, to the CA inland empire, Texas, Georgia, Illinois etc.

One of the reasons why crime in LA has been dropping dramatically since 1992.

11 posted on 04/25/2012 7:08:36 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Much like Los Angeles as a whole, the neighborhood’s Latino population has grown while the black population has declined.

Most of the blacks headed east bound, to the CA inland empire, Texas, Georgia, Illinois etc.

One of the reasons why crime in LA has been dropping dramatically since 1992.

They took the midnight train to Georgia so to speak.

12 posted on 04/25/2012 7:10:02 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2
One of the reasons why crime in LA has been dropping dramatically since 1992.

I would say it's the main reason. It's also why crime in Texas has not fallen anywhere near as much as in the rest of the country, despite a combo of stiffer penalties and increased policing. In 2010, California's per capita violent crime rate was 40% of its 1992 level, whereas Texas's was 55%.

13 posted on 04/25/2012 7:20:55 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
I would say it's the main reason.

I didn't say that.

I said:

"One of the reasons why crime in LA has been dropping dramatically since 1992".

It's also why crime in Texas has not fallen anywhere near as much as in the rest of the country

Agree.

14 posted on 04/25/2012 7:24:48 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“We wanted jobs around here, we wanted respect and we didn’t get none of that. And then the police just harassed us all the time,” says Sharon McSwain, who for 22 of her 45 years has lived within walking distance of the intersection where Denny was attacked.”

Does this idiot not realize that respect is earned. Sitting around demanding it won’t get it for you. You have to do things that garner respect.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 7:26:49 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (Voting Newt in 2012.)
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To: Zhang Fei

BTW, some folk get me wrong about Texas. Texas is a great state, as CA once was until turning into a very controlling, punitive state. This is what happens when government becomes too big, too controlling, too intrusive.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 7:40:57 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Like many others, Miss Hwang's family is armed now with a Glock 17 pistol, a Beretta and a shotgun and they plan to barricade themselves in their store to fight off looters." "The Korea Young Adult Team of Los Angeles, bought five AK-47 rifles." "We made a mistake last year," said Yong Kim, the group's leader. "This time we won't. I don't know why Koreans are always a special target for African Americans, but if they are going to attack our community then we are going to pay them back."
17 posted on 04/25/2012 8:22:47 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: dragnet2

You wrote:


Agree.

The 1990 census shows CA with a 7.4% black population, compared to 5.6% in 2010. In that time frame, TX has gone from 11.9% to 11.8% even as its Anglo population has crashed, relative to the number of Hispanics.

1990 TX stats:
http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0056/tab58.pdf
2010 TX stats:
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48000.html

1990 CA stats:
http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0056/tab19.pdf
2010 CA stats:
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06000.html


18 posted on 04/25/2012 8:39:25 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: kearnyirish2

There’s an author who discusses this very thing. I cannot remember his name right now, but he wrote a very excellent treatise on why it’s bad to have “diversity”. It gives rise to genocide and that points of conflict are political borders that poorly define ethnicities.


19 posted on 04/25/2012 8:57:14 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: dragnet2

Census link to historical demographic data by state:
http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0056/twps0056.html


20 posted on 04/25/2012 9:04:29 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: SunkenCiv
My favorite irony and example of stupidity came from the idiot who complained — after taking part in the incineration of the mostly Asian-owned businesses — that there wasn’t anywhere to shop, no laundrymats, no liquor stores, nothing.

A lot of these short bus riders are under the impression that the retail trade has margins in excess of fifty cents per dollar spent, when the real amount is in the low single digits. Which is why so many of the retailers did not bother to rebuild. Those who had adequate insurance essentially got bought out by the insurance company. Those without adequate insurance did not have the capital to rebuild. I'm betting large numbers got cleaned out because of inadequate insurance because they never thought anything like the riots would ever occur in the US of A.

21 posted on 04/25/2012 9:08:35 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

To be honest, I don’t need any demographic data, to understand what has occurred in the U.S. in the past 40 years.


22 posted on 04/25/2012 9:38:41 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2
To be honest, I don’t need any demographic data, to understand what has occurred in the U.S. in the past 40 years.

The way I look at it, intuition is little more than superstition until supported by hard data.

23 posted on 04/25/2012 10:08:56 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

One not need ‘hard data’ to understand what they see all around them.

Don’t believe me? Call just about any fatcorp/government office, and be prepared to press 1 for English.


24 posted on 04/25/2012 10:14:27 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Zhang Fei

According to a recent TV news report, Denny suffered permanent brain damage and has difficulty speaking and walking.


25 posted on 04/26/2012 6:12:36 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie
According to a recent TV news report, Denny suffered permanent brain damage and has difficulty speaking and walking.

I'm guessing the WaPo slimeball who wrote this piece made minimal efforts to contact Denny, given that such contact would have made his hero, Watson, look like the heel he is.

26 posted on 04/26/2012 6:41:50 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: dragnet2; Zhang Fei

Texas also got the majority of the Katrina refugees from NOLA, which certainly didn’t help their crime rate.


27 posted on 04/26/2012 6:49:03 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Zhang Fei
Much like Los Angeles as a whole, the neighborhood’s Latino population has grown while the black population has declined.

Most of the blacks headed east bound, to the CA inland empire, Texas, Georgia, Illinois etc.

One of the reasons why crime in LA has been dropping dramatically since 1992.

They took the midnight train to Georgia so to speak.

The 1990 census shows CA with a 7.4% black population, compared to 5.6% in 2010. In that time frame, TX has gone from 11.9% to 11.8%

Are you suggesting the black pop in TX has dropped by a tiny fraction?

28 posted on 04/26/2012 10:21:04 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: FreedomPoster
Texas also got the majority of the Katrina refugees

I heard.

29 posted on 04/26/2012 10:24:19 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Zhang Fei
In that time frame, TX has gone from 11.9% to 11.8%

Are you suggesting the black pop in TX has dropped by a tiny fraction?

And if so, your conclusion is what?

Fact is, Texas has about double the black population of California, and one of the big factors why crime is so high in Texas.

No?

30 posted on 04/26/2012 10:29:12 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2


Are you suggesting the black pop in TX has dropped by a tiny fraction?

And if so, your conclusion is what?

Fact is, Texas has about double the black population of California, and one of the big factors why crime is so high in Texas.

No?


Yes and no. From 1990 to 2010, all ethnicities have had population increases. The background is that Hispanics in TX have increased massively as a % of TX’s population, due to TX being a border state, and a major destination for Central and South American illegals. Blacks in TX have remained constant as a % of the population while Anglos have plunged in % terms (from 61% in 1990 to 45% in 2010) because of black in-migration from states like CA. Nonetheless, per capita crime in CA is about the same as per capita crime in TX, probably because incarceration rates are far higher in TX.

What I was pointing out is that at the peak of the cocaine wars in 1992, TX (800 violent crime incidents per 100K people) had a lower crime rate than CA (1100 similar incidents), but this kind of went south with the migration to TX of blacks from CA and other states, including LA. TX used to be safer than CA back when TX had 11.9% to CA’s 7.4% black population. Now that it’s 11.8% to 5.6%, TX is about neck and neck (450 violent incidents per 100K people) compared to CA (440 similar incidents).


31 posted on 04/26/2012 11:15:19 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: dragnet2

My guess is that the black influx into the state (along with that of the Latin American illegals) also helped to crater test scores - something that Texas Democrats never tire of bringing up whenever Rick Perry’s name is mentioned.


32 posted on 04/26/2012 11:19:52 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
TX is about neck and neck (450 violent incidents per 100K people) compared to CA (440 similar incidents).

Hmmm. Lets look at two big cities.

Chart shown is a statistical comparison of the crime rates per 100,000 people. Based on the final 2006 FBI Crime Statistics.

Latest 2006 Crimes per 100,000 People:

Dallas, TX Los Angeles, CA National
Murder: 15 12.4 7
Forcible Rape: 53.28 27.3 32.2
Robbery: 553.9 370 205.8
Aggravated Assault: 584.2 377.2 336.5
Burglary: 1734.7 524.8 813.2
Larceny Theft: 4006.4 1539.2 2601.7
Vehicle Theft: 1116 654.4 501.5


33 posted on 04/26/2012 11:40:52 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Those are big city figures where the ratio of blacks in CA vs blacks in TX is much more lopsided. Dallas is 25% black vs LA’s 10%. Statewide crime stats are about the same for CA and TX, as I pointed out in my links earlier in the thread.


34 posted on 04/26/2012 11:48:02 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: dragnet2

That would be the links at this post:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2876585/posts?page=13#13


35 posted on 04/26/2012 11:50:13 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
Statewide crime stats are about the same for CA and TX, as I pointed out in my links earlier in the thread.

Could I see the specific link for that?

36 posted on 04/26/2012 12:24:58 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Zhang Fei

Oh, I see...

No matter how ya chop it up, Texas has higher crime rates per capita, than CA.


37 posted on 04/26/2012 12:33:48 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Zhang Fei
Statewide crime stats are about the same for CA and TX, as I pointed out in my links earlier in the thread.

BTW, I looked at your links, which are difficult to read as they do not show comparisons on one page.

Switching back and forth, looking at the crime stats you provided, crimes such as burglary and auto theft etc., are *substantially higher in Texas than CA.

38 posted on 04/26/2012 12:37:36 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Zhang Fei; dragnet2

While I don’t have any sources, I know I have read that white students in TX are about the same as white students in WI or MN. So much for the Rick Perry nonsense from the Dems.


39 posted on 04/26/2012 1:19:10 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: SoCal Pubbie
According to a recent TV news report, Denny suffered permanent brain damage and has difficulty speaking and walking.

A sad story about how excessive concern for one's fellow man - not running over rioters - can have serious life-altering consequences. The lack of real remorse from the black perps is simply staggering. They view their victims much as a lion views a zebra.

40 posted on 04/26/2012 3:56:48 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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