Rodney King on Trayvon Martin

Rodney King was on MSNBC last night, twenty years after the LA riots — and he had something to say about Trayvon Martin:

“The screaming, I can relate to that. It sounded like me screaming twenty years ago. That death scream. When you know you are seconds away from death.”

“It brought back memories for me. And not a pretty, pleasant one neither.”

The story also related King’s words from twenty years ago:

“Can’t we all get along?”

Remember that?

Given how his beating was treated, and how Trayvon’s family’s fight for plain justice has been spun into a ‘race war’ by the right-wing — the only ones predicting race riots — America? Has anything been learned?

Watch: Rodney King interviewed by Lawrence O’Donnell:

If white America still does not get how conciliatory black America is, despite all that has happened, and despite what black America learned and practiced from Dr King, despite the dignified approach of Trayvon’s parents — and despite the neo-lynching of their son’s reputation — check out Rodney King, who was almost murdered by LA cops, and how he feels 20 years later in this clip from TMZ:

Related stories:

Trayvon Martin Is My Son

America’s Right-Wing Loves Violent Rhetoric

The Other Trayvon Martins



Screengrab via KTVA


Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Wealth is generated by the workers, NOT corporations!

Myriam G.
Myriam G5 years ago

Dear friends from the United States,

maybe I'm just a flower-power-style dreamer, but doesn't the problems start when people continually use labels such as "White United States" and "Black United States"? Rodney King's words (Why can't we all get along?) pretty much sums it up for me, and it doesn't matter if people like him or not: these words are plain and simple wisdom.

Races don't exist. It's just a hue of the skin, it should be of no more significance than the colour of the eyes (as a real cool guy once said). But then again, I'm a dreamer... won't you guys dream with me? I'm sure we can turn this dream into reality...

Nimue Pendragon

I don't think Trayvon Martin can be compared to Rodney King, it's a different situation.

Becky Y.
Rebecca Y5 years ago

Second thought: I wonder what would have happened if Trayvon's mom had walked with him to the store? Would they both be safe or would they both be dead?

Becky Y.
Rebecca Y5 years ago

Dead is dead, white or black. We know an unarmed teenager was shot and killed because he was in the wrong neighborhood and a local vigilante took a gun with him as he stalked the boy as the boy walked home from a grocery store after purchasing some candy....the local vigilante first followed him in his car and then got out and confronted him. Screams were heard..."help me, help me," and then a shot. That's what we know for sure! How sad that someone who should be sharing the candy he bought with his mother is in the morgue. How sad, how sad, how sad.

timothy m.
timothy m5 years ago

Not real interested in what dope addict Rodney King has to say about anything...

John K.
John K.5 years ago

@Maureen L.-- Rodney King knows the score because he did not cooperate with the police while strung out on PCP. Funny, how you forget about his friend who was in the car, but did not get beat. WHY? Because he did not resist the police. Rodney got beat because he was hit with a taser twice; and still did not succumb. Also, please try and excuse his driving 105 MPH through neighborhoods! As far your entitlements go; I have know idea whether you fully paid for them or not. I know that 15 years ago the average recipient got all their contributions back in about 4.5 years. I am sure it now takes longer. They still constitute a Ponzi scheme that would make Maddoff blush. But worse than that, they pit one generation against another; and are going insolvent faster than anyone thought they would. Have a good retirement; and I hope you are not subjected to some kind of euthanasia by because your lifestyle cannot be afforded by those younger than us; since there will be only two people paying in for every recipient within 10 years. Also, it was every liberal's hero Lyndon Johnson who started the raid on the SS and Medicare Trust Funds to pay for the Vietnam War. P.S--Wealth is generated by corporations, not governments. In case you did not notice, in the last century governments killed about 160 million people and did not generate a dime's worth of wealth.

Paul canning
Paul canning5 years ago

@Steve R.

Seriously, the only people saying there would be a 'race war' were white people. Go check it out. Believe me, I cited. NBP put a bounty on Zimmerman's arrest, Sharpton and Trayvon's family called for justice -- name/cite one time either of them called for a 'race war'. One. IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD.

Listen to - even! - Rodney King, and Rev. King - black America is *conciliatory on all the crimes committed against them*, has been for 60 years, and still white America pleads it is the victim!

Steve R.
Steve R5 years ago

"spun into a ‘race war’ by the right-wing".....???

Are you for real, Paul Canning?

Those were "right wing" protesters all over our TV screens????

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson defected to the "right wing"????

The New Black Panthers with their bounty are "right wing"????

I guess you didn't watch the "cigar man" on YouTube, did you? A black man telling it like it really is!

Tell you what - I'll give you the link again....

"Right wing" my butt!

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

I am encountering a computer gliche. I only posted once.