Analysis Of The Book ' Empire Liquor ' Essay

801 Words Nov 17th, 2015 4 Pages
“Empire Liquor Mart” “Empire Liquor Mart (9127 S. Figueroa St.)” by Gabriel Kahane is a song about how black people have experienced oppression throughout history. The song tells the story of a young girl name Latasha, who was shot and killed in a liquor store in Los Angeles, while trying to purchase some orange juice. The owner accused Latasha of stealing the orange juice even though she had the money to pay for it. After being accused, Latasha and the clerk who was Korean got into altercation where the clerk grab Latasha and Latasha punched the clerk out of anger. As Latasha was trying to leave the store, the clerk shot her in the back of her head (Kahane). The main reason for this incident was simply caused by racial stereotype. Even though the event did not occurred between a white police officer and a black citizen, police brutality in California was a major concern in the 80’s and 90’s. Racial tension between whites and blacks has been historically violent and most likely ends bad for the black participant of the altercation, just as it did for young Latasha. Before this event occurred, another event had created a huge uproar in the streets in the city of Los Angeles. On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was beaten by four Los Angeles policemen. The police chased King through L.A. streets and when the police finally caught up to him, they released all their angers and frustrations onto unarmed King. The four policemen brutally beat King who was an ex-con to his…

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