The Fire This Time

As Los Angeles smolders,black and white Americans around the country try to comprehend the verdict and the future of race relations

FOR MORE THAN A YEAR HE had been a writhing body twisting on the ground under kicks and nightstick blows in what may be the most endlessly replayed videotape ever made. Then on Friday afternoon TV finally gave Rodney King a face and a voice -- a hesitant, almost sobbing voice that yet was more eloquent than any other that spoke during the terrible week. "Stop making it horrible," King pleaded with the rioters who had been doing just that in Los Angeles -- and to a lesser extent in San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Pittsburgh and other cities. He sounded almost...

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