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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