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Anti-Blackness and the American Dream: Revisiting the 1992 LA Uprisings

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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Anti-Blackness and the American Dream:

Revisiting the 1992 L.A. Uprisings


Twenty-five years have passed since a jury acquitted the four police officers charged with beating motorist Rodney King. In the wake of that acquittal, Los Angeles experienced three days of dissent, disorder, violence, and protest. Although collective memory often (and rightly) centers the black experience in that historical moment, the effects of the acquittal and uprisings were felt by many different communities of color, especially those comprised of immigrants. This event revisits that moment in history, keeping in mind both the broader racial landscape that has defined Los Angeles as well as the larger elements of anti-black racism that continue to define American life today.


Moderated by:

Stephen Lee

Professor of Law, UCI School of Law



Claire Jean Kim

Professor, Political Science, UCI School of Social Sciences

Professor, Asian American Studies, UCI School of Humanities


Jody Armour

Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law



October 30, 2017 • 12:05 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

UCI School of Law, Room EDU 1131

401 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697


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