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Race In L.A.

Twenty years after the riots, the city has a different complexion. So what does race mean anymore? Everything

Ours is a city of many voices and cultures, of disparate backgrounds and conflicting interests. Twenty years ago this month, those fault lines ruptured. Whether you call it an uprising, a riot, or civil unrest, what happened on April 29, 1992, changed Los Angeles and the people in it, prompting Rodney King to famously ask, “Can we all get along?” We still want the answer to be yes. But it’s complicated.

Flash Point Slide show

Flash Point

Even photographers were targets during the 1992 melee. How one captured the chaos in black and white

Flash Point

 

The Riots

 
How the Riots Happened

Timeline: How the Riots Happened

From the Chinese Massacre of 1871 to recent unrest on high school campuses, some moments in the city's past are among it's most troubles hours
Flash Point

Slide Show: L.A. As War Zone

Exclusive photos of the Los Angeles riots by Ted Soqui
 
Rodney King Trial

Slide Show: Race on Trial

Courtroom sketch artist Mona Shafer Edwards shares her drawings of the second Rodney King trial
Playlist

Court Reporter

Writer-at-large Ed Leibowitz on covering the Rodney King federal trial for the LA. Weekly
Playlist

The Sound of the L.A. Riots

KCRW DJ and culture critic Garth Trinidad remembers the civil unrest of 1992 with an eclectic playlist
Playlist

Where We Were

Editor-in-chief Mary Melton and the staff of Los Angeles magazine remember the L.A. riots
 
 
20 Years After
Portraits of seven people who were changed forever by the riots. As told to Dave Gardetta
 
 
 

A Matter of Perpspective

Worth 1,000 Words

Worth 1,000 Words

Two images define the 1992 riots, but the circumstances behind the chaos were far more complex

By John Ridley

Worth 1,000 Words

 
Hyper Extensions

Hyper Extensions

Hair is the great equalizer, as Erika Hayasaki discovers when she visits L.A.'s headquaters of weave
To Hush or to Hector?

To Hush or to Hector?

Too often Erin Aubry Kaplan finds she must choose between being polite and speaking the truth
Mix and Match

Mix and Match

Intermarriage is on the rise, but that doesn't mean it's always easy. Matthew Segal on building a better union
The Transplant

The Transplant

A British Indian living in L.A., Sanjiv Bhattacharya moves to a new neighborhood and finds diversity isn't what it's cracked up to be
Angry Young Man

Angry Young Man

A bilingual L.A. native, Ruben Martinez became a spokesman for being brown in 1992. It got old fast
Who's Sorry Now?

Who's Sorry Now?

The daughter of Korean immigrants who make a mean Philly cheesesteak, comedian Kat Ahn laughs in the face of stereotypes
Language Lessons

Language Lessons

While shooting his latest film, Mario Van Peebles got schooled in diversity
A Whole New Badge

A Whole New Badge

The LAPD has changed in its ethnic makeup as well as its attitude. Natasha Vargas-Cooper rides along

In the Mix

Playlist

See How We've Grown

Imagine Pittsburgh moving into L.A.—that’s how much our city’s population has swelled in two decades
Crossovers

Crossovers

A chef, a DJ, and two gym rats prove how following your passions can bridge any divide. Profiles by Amy Wallace
Check One, Please

Check One, Please

Six Angelenos born in 1992 reveal how much and how little their mixed ethnicities define them. As told to Ann Herold
Global Dishes Every Angeleno Should Know

5 Global Dishes Every Angeleno Should Know

Five essential ethnic dishes represent L.A.'s racial diversity while making for one heck of a tasty lunch. Here's where to get them
 
Read more coverage of the L.A. riots from the archives of Los Angeles magazine
Charlie Beck
[June 1992]
The Issue at Hand
Lew Harris addresses the Los Angeles riots in his June 1992 letter from the editor
Charlie Beck
[June 1992]
War Heroes
Good guys who did the right thing during the Rodney King riots
Charlie Beck
[May 1997]
Happy Fifth Anniversary!
How could anything good have come out of the '92 riots?
Charlie Beck
[May 2002]
Smoke & Mirrors
Ten years later, what do we see when we remember the riots?
 

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