Five Things White People Need to Know About Anti-Police Protests

Mass protests against police violence are nothing new

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More than 30 years ago, when Los Angeles went up in flames over the Rodney King riots, I wasn’t surprised either. If you listened to hip-hop (rap) music, you would have known there was simmering rage in the black community at police brutality. N.W.A.’s “F**k the Police,” was ultimately a political song because it was calling for social justice. That song came out in 1988, the riots happened in 1992. That song is being played at the recent protests. Pay attention, people.

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Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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