Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rodney King 1965-2012

So Rodney King is dead? Well.. there won't be any tears coming from me.

I did not wish him ill, but King was a loser.

A convicted felon who beat a Korean store owner with a metal pipe during a robbery in 1989.

In fact, King was just recently out of prison when he decided to take police on a high-speed chase while he was drunk and high on the evening of March 2, 1991.

Did King deserve that beating? No.
But if he had pulled over at the start of the incident, the beating never would have happened. He would have had a DUI charge on his record, but that would be it.

If it wasn't for the secret videotaping done by George Holliday, Rodney King would have most likely remained an anonymous loser for the rest of his life.

Instead, he got to kick back and pocket $3.8 million bucks of taxpayer money due to a series of his own poor life choices.

I don't blame him for the L.A. riots. They probably would have happened at some point anyway. He was just the flashpoint. And without that video, again, he probably continues on to be a low-rent loser for the rest of his life. But after that video he became a cause cel├ębre, and a footnote in American history.

There might be some people who will mourn him today, but I won't be one of them.