In 1992, while I was a Cal State Fullerton student studying abroad in Germany, Black motorist Rodney King was beaten by police officers. Those officers were subsequently acquitted, and civil unrest broke out in Los Angeles.
In our shared kitchen, my European floormates asked me to explain why.
It was the first time I recall being asked to explain U.S. racism and its relationship to policing, and I found myself struggling. Continue reading CSUF Provost Carolyn Thomas’ story in The Talk Continues.