Rodney King

(Rodney Glen King)

Rodney King
Rodney King
  • Born: April 2, 1965
  • Died: June 17, 2012
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author, Activist

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Rodney Glen King was a construction worker turned writer and activist after surviving an act of police brutality by the Los Angeles Police Department. On March 3, 1991, King was violently beaten by LAPD officers during his arrest for fleeing and evading on California State Route 210. A civilian, George Holliday, filmed the incident from his nearby balcony and sent the footage to local news station KTLA. The footage clearly showed King being beaten repeatedly, and the incident was covered by news media around the world.

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Anybody can get bigheaded once they know the seat cannot be pulled out from under them.
As a black man, you run from the cops. It's different now, but back when I was coming up, you run.
As far as having peace within myself, the one way I can do that is forgiving the people who have done wrong to me. It causes more stress to build up anger. Peace is more productive. War & Peace
Can we all get along?
For a long time, sure, I was letting the pressure of being Rodney King get to me. It ain't easy. Even now, I walk into a place wondering, 'What people are thinking? Do they know who I am? What do they think about what happened? Do they blame me for the all those people who died?' Time
I don't see how you can grow as a world without being able to get along with people. So many people is hating out there and it's not making a difference.
I had to learn to forgive. I couldn't sleep at night. I got ulcers. I had to let go, to let God deal with it. No one wants to be mad in their own house. I didn't want to be angry my whole life. It takes so much energy out of you to be mean. Life ;Religion & God
I know and value what it means to wake up and be alive and to share my story. I'm so blessed to be here and to be able to talk about it.
I realize I will always be the poster child for police brutality, but I can try to use that as a positive force for healing and restraint.
I saw my hometown burning that day.
I sometimes feel like I'm caught in a vise. Some people feel like I'm some kind of hero. Others hate me.
I tell myself time heals. It really does. Time
I'm a religious person. I remember my mom told me: 'Vengeance belongs to God. It's up to him to wreak vengeance.' It's hard for me to get to that point, but that's the work of God. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's happening right now... it's just not on film, it's not being recorded.
It's not painful to relive it. I'm comfortable with my position in American history. History
Nice guys just don't finish first in the music industry. Music, Chants & Rapps
Obama, he wouldn't have been in office without what happened to me and a lot of black people before me. He would never have been in that situation, no doubt in my mind. He would get there eventually, but it would have been a lot longer. So I am glad for what I went through. It opened the doors for a lot of people.
Over the years, a lot of rappers - Lil' Wayne, Ice Cube - have used my name in their songs. I'm a real touchstone of history. History
People look at me like I should have been like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks. I should have seen life like that and stay out of trouble, and don't do this and don't do that. But it's hard to live up to some people's expectations. Life
People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along?
The trouble that they see me in is a part of my life that I'm working on. Life
Waking up sober is a good day. I love being able to wake up and do positive things, to go to the gym. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We wouldn't be as far along as a country if we didn't take on some of Martin Luther King's ways that he instilled in us.
What I've learned to do is arrest my addiction - arrest it myself, so I don't get arrested.
When I leave here, when my final day on this earth is up, I want to leave in peace. I want to have peace in my heart. War & Peace

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