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Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2002 at 12:01 PM
Monday April 29th is the 10th Anniversary of the 1992 LA Uprising, (aka the LA Riots).
The LA riots were a good sign. Despite the systematic oppression engendered by a system which engenders economic inequality, it's no surprise we saw riots. Especially in Los Angeles. The riots showed us that the community is still alive. Despite the overwhelming concentration, and centralization of counter-production and mass marketing, the community is still capable of responding to the repressive dynamics of the capitalist agenda. We are still capable of taking to the streets when that spark of anger is lit... No matter how complicated, manipulative and deceptive the system may seem, we as people still have the fire of rebellion within us. And we can unleash it at any time.
Los Angeles is a pool of kerosene just waiting for that one spark to come along, and blow it up into flames. The riots were a direct consequence of the economic inequality engendered by the capitalist system. The riots were a direct consequence of the destabability and manipulative social breakdown engendered by the capitalist system. The riots were a direct consequence of the systematic war waged by the state against the people - mostly predominately colored working class - who rose up in the streets in effort to wage their own war against the suppression of freedom and equality. And when it came down to it, that was the root of the situation. Why were people were looting? Why were people burning police cars? It was the feeling of freedom. A feeling never experienced. It was the feeling of anger. One that was kept locked within an individual, just waiting to be unleashed. All this began to violently break out of the chains of society which suppressed such feelings. We saw people take to the streets with riots and fire. Anger and the blood for revenge. It was the expression of that which had been suppressed for too long until something finally happened. It was the human response to repression. And it was completely natural.
The riots were a good sign. Not only did they show us an anger we've always been thought to hide, an emotion we've always been tought to forbid expression of, not only did they display the expression of a freedom never experienced, but also explained to us that we are ALL the victims of this system. We are all the victims of capitalism. And as long as we remain the victims, we as people can still unleash the fire of rebellion at any given time.
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