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The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion To Redemption ~Rodney King

The Riot Within is an important story to be told and shared in our time.  It is Rodney King’s telling  of how he became an ICON in the civil rights movement and how that icon status affected his personal life over the past 20 years.  It is the 20 year anniversary of the beating he received in Los Angeles.

King has been beaten down most of his life; the moments when someone was not doing it to him, he was busy blaming himself and “beating himself up” primarily thorough alcohol abuse and drug use.   He could be an icon for a child of poverty, or a child of substandard education, or the child of an alcoholic parent, or just a survivor of a racist environment.

King is holding onto self- blame for the riots that followed the verdict and for the deaths of people who participated in the riots. As the reader, I am asking, where is the advocate for this person, where is the compassion for this human being become icon, and did he truly need to be on Celebrity Rehab to prove his self-worth?

I am appalled that his lawyers took such a huge cut of his settlement and victimized him again. Lawyer Brutality.  We need to know this information.  We need to stop blaming  and victimizing King. We could demand that his legal counselors give the money back.  We could re-exam our prejudice and racism in our culture.

King will probably never reclaim his icon status, and yet because he is doing the ‘work’ he may regain his own selfhood and recovery.  The man is job hunting and still has pain.

This book needs to be in every High School Library and included in college reading lists.  It is a powerful messenger.  Timely.

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to read and review this book.  Thank you Mr. King for writing the book, for HarperOne for sending me a copy and for TLC book tours for asking.

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6 Responses to “The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion To Redemption ~Rodney King”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    ” This book needs to be in every High School Library and included in college reading lists.”

    Wow – that’s HUGE!

    Patricia Reply:


    Not only was the fellow severely beaten, but it is a good look at how he was beaten by the system, the lawyers, the mindsets, and the educational systems.

    Very timely piece about our society and it’s responses

  2. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    It’s books like this that expose the system and also lay bare the totally fragility of this thing called freedom. Our “society” as you call it, is meant to keep us all sheeple and it’s a sadly rare ocassion when someone beats the system.

    It may not be related to this book exactly, but there is an unprecented fight going on in California right now to have people speak up (and fund) the fight with Monsanto. We should ALL be heavily invested in this. I love a good David and Goliath story, don’t you? Let’s get them!

    Patricia Reply:

    Yep I agree sheeple and factory workers with no factories…

    I feel for King being ripped off by the lawyers and publicity seekers and think folks need to be aware.

    I think this book would keep lots of young people in school and not produce another riot.

    People need to learn how to think and the sooner the better
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  3. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I like your suggestion of including this book in high school libraries – I think it could have a huge impact on many young people.

    Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you Heather J.
    I always appreciate being highlighted on the FB tour!

    I think it is a powerful message and it could have quite an impact on many, many people. Wounds like this take much time to heal or be set right
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