Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"History doesn't repeat itself, it rhymes."

Although that quote has been widely attributed to Mark Twain, he may or may not have actually said it. But it's still a good line.

From an article in the Times this morning, "Call for Calm as Los Angeles Girds for More Unrest":

The police here were preparing for another night of protests on Tuesday, and community activists were working to maintain the peace after anger over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin turned violent in South Los Angeles on Monday night.  

Two decades after the acquittal of white Los Angeles police officers in the beating of Rodney King sparked deadly riots in the same part of the city, residents and public officials agreed that the more muted anger over the Zimmerman verdict — and the much smaller outbreak of violence — showed how much, and how little, has changed. 

As the city’s new mayor, Eric Garcetti (above right), called for calm on the streets on Tuesday, he acknowledged the echoes from the Rodney King riots, but insisted the city had come a long way.

And who was the Los Angeles County District Attorney back in 1992? The current mayor's father, Gil Garcetti (above left).

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