Anti-Blackness and the American Dream: Revisiting the 1992 L.A. Uprisings

October 30, 2017
UC Irvine School of Law, Room Edu 1131
12:05 p.m – 1:15 p.m.

1992 Los Angeles Riots
Photo by: Mick Taylor

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 revisited 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.


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