Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

Reckoning with the Role of Systemic Racism in Sparking the ’92 L.A. Riots

Jody David Armour (Professor of Law, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California)

November 9, 2021

The ’92 L.A. Riots erupted after a Simi Valley jury acquitted four officers despite a graphic video of them brutally beating a black motorist named Rodney King. This webinar explores the similarities and differences between the social unrest related to the King video and that sparked by the 9 minute and 29 second George Floyd video. It lays out the legal, social, and political lessons we can take from the ’92 Riots and apply to current criminal justice controversies.

History / Civil Rights / Criminal Justice / Protests / Black Lives Matter / Racism / American History /