"Why Can't We All Get Along?"
Rodney King's prophetic words are referenced in the above contemporary photograph from this interesting article — How Koreatown Rose From The Ashes Of L.A. Riots.
I was in college at the time. When the verdict came down, the black students in my school marched through the corridors, pulling off fire alarms. I was one of about three or four white students who joined them in an impromptu march downtown. The funniest moment was when we passed some white feminist office of some sort who's partisans thought it would be a good idea to hand the mob some pro-abortion posters, which were promptly ripped up and thrown to the ground.
I remember a student government friend at the time, a black woman, who was disappointed by Mr. King's inability to articulate a clearer message of "racial justice" at the time. I thought the police brutality victim's tear-filled comments were poignant and absolutely perfect for the time. Indeed, "Why can't we all get along?"