Rodney King: Song Analysis

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Some examples are people from the past like Rodney King who was born on April 2, 1965. Rodney King was caught by the Los Angeles police after a high-speed chase on March 3, 1991. The officers pulled him out of the car and beat him brutally, while a nearby cameraman George Holliday caught it all on videotape. The police were acquitted by a predominantly white jury (Maurantonio, N. 2014). Then there’s people in the present like Walter Scott, a black man who was shot on April 4, 2015, in North Charleston, South Carolina for a non-functioning brake light. Walter Scott was shot by Michael Slager, a white North Charleston police officer. Slager was charged with murder after a video surfaced contradicting his police report. The video showed him shooting …show more content…
When a white person’s bond is less than a black person’s bond for the same crime something is seriously wrong. There is a huge increase in racism, intolerance, and hate. I agree with Bruce Springsteen and his song. I am glad someone finally is speaking up about what is going on and is not afraid to stand up for what is right. We need more people in the world like that and maybe one or two voices won’t make a difference but maybe a few million will. The song 's lyrics directly reference the Diallo case in which four New York City police officers shot an unarmed man: "Is it a gun, is it a knife/Is it a wallet, this is your life/It ain 't no secret/It ain 't no secret/No secret my friend/You can get killed just for living/In your American skin." But Bruce Springsteen dedicated the song to Trayvon Martin. Imagine something like this that happened in 1999 with Diallo who was shot unarmed and a child shot the same way unarmed whom they speculated had a gun and they were shooting in self-defense. Nothing has changed since then and probably won’t change now in the present or the future. Did it take 41 shots or 12 shots? This goes back to when Springsteen talks about police overreaction back in 1999. On the other had some people believe that there are some good cops out there and this is true as well. Although there are a lot of good cops there are a lot of bad cops that makes the good cops look bad as well. Present cops have created the slogan “Blue Lives Matter” while the African American society has created ‘Black Lives Matter” slogan. There is so much hate and discrimination going on in the world today against both the men and women in blue and the women and men of color. What’s so hard about just getting alone and doing right and trying to be in the right place at the right

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