Wednesday, April 29, 2009

4-29-09: Riot Day

I'm probably the only person you've come across in any fashion that observes Riot Day every year. On April 29, 1992, after the acquittal of the four Los Angeles policemen accused of beating Rodney King, riots broke out within the city as a means of protest. I like the mark the date every year.

It's not exactly a holiday, since it celebrates something pretty gruesome. Instead, it's a day of remembrance, acknowledging a moment of chaos in the hopes of recognizing how lucky we are to live in a civilized society under the rule of law. Yes, the riots started for a reason, and racism had its role in the riots. We cannot deny that either.

But anyway, happy Riot Day! Don't go crazy.

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