In 1992, after the Rodney King beating, OGs from the Crips and Bloods in the Watts district of Los Angeles met to end the violence that was happening in their communities. Black people everywhere were angry about the Rodney King verdict and decided it was time to act. Hundreds of Bloods and Crips would meet in a gymnasium and declare a ceasefire against each other. They had realized that the police were the real enemy. The gang leaders would also create a sports league for the community. Hundreds of black men and women from the bloods and Crips no longer looked at each other as enemies. They partied together and played on sports teams together. The peace Treaty ended over 30 years of gang violence and the homicide rate dropped 44%. After the Watts treaty, several Latino gangs and many more black gangs all over California began to adopt a similar peace treaties. The Watts treaty lasted for several years before the LA police would infiltrate the movement and cause chaos. This is Black History that they do not teach in schools. This is what they will never tell you about black gangs. The LA Gang Truce was a symbol of hope to the black community and today it remains that. We do not need white people to help us solve any of our problems. We have the potential to be a mighty people. The violence in our communities can stop. All it takes is for dedicated black souls to get together. So the next time you hear about the LA Riots…make sure you remember the LA Gang truce as well.
Post By @KingKwajo

Today in history: April 29, 1992 - Los Angeles erupts against the “not guilty” verdict for the four LAPD cops that beat Rodney King.

The beating by the notoriously brutal and racist LAPD was caught on videotape but the cops still were found “not guilty” in a mockery of justice. Anger boiled over as whole sections of Los Angeles rose up for 6 days in one of the largest rebellions in U.S. history. Estimates of property damages topped one billion dollars. The rebellion only ended after soldiers from the California Army National Guard, along with U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton were called in. Angry and militant protests also rippled out throughout California and the rest of the country.

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)


Korean Shop owners defending their stores from rioters in the 1992 LA Riots. 
“ Korean-Americans in Los Angeles refer to the event as Sa-I-Gu, meaning “four-two-nine” in Korean, in reference to April 29, 1992, which was the day the riots started. The riots prompted various responses from Korean-Americans, including the formation of activist organizations such as the Association of Korean-American Victims, and increased efforts to build collaborative links with other ethnic groups.” -Wikipedia

I’m a black man. I am 6 feet 3 inches tall and 230 pounds, just like King. Do I scare you? Am I a threat? Does your fear justify your actions? Twelve people believed it did. Black male: Guilty until proven innocent… Our inner cities are stacks of dry leaves and lumber, waiting for a spark. This is but a mere campfire compared to the potential inferno awaiting us. Conditions are worsening and the Rodney King verdict is certainly not the most egregious injustice in our midst.
—  Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in 1992, then a weekly columnist for The Stanford Daily, after the acquittal of four police officers charged with brutally beating Rodney King. (via @agepnitz)