If only Rodney King were still with us to help calm Congress
The Kansas City Star
If only Rodney King were still alive. The Republicans and Democrats in Congress need him desperately.
King in 1991 survived one of the worst police beatings in America and became famous when it was captured on video and repeatedly shown on national TV. The beat down felt around the world went viral before there was such a thing.
Then four white Los Angeles cops in April 1992 were acquitted in the assault on King, who was black, causing Los Angeles and many other cities to explode in rioting. King then on national TV famously said, “Can we all get along?” which helped to calm the anger, destruction and bloodshed.
But earlier this month, 47-year-old King drowned in the swimming pool at his home in Rialto, Calif. That’s too bad because Congress could use King’s calming influence now as the rancor builds over House Republicans voting Thursday to hold Eric Holder, the first black attorney general of the first black president) in contempt of Congress.
Added to that is the uncivil divisiveness between Republicans and Democrats, which accelerated Thursday with the Supreme Court upholding President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. Each side is vowing to use the brewing political anger over Obamacare to fuel their hopes in the Nov. 6 elections for the control of the House, Senate and White House.
Is it a black/white fight again only in government and politics instead of on America’s streets?
Rodney King, we need you now!