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You don’t want to let anybody’s expectations down. People look at me like I should have been like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks. I should have seen life like that and stay out of trouble, and don’t do this and don’t do that. But it’s hard to live up to some people’s expectations, which [I] wasn’t cut out to be. I didn’t go to school to be ‘Rodney King’ and [be] beat up by cops and thrust into the limelight. It’s taken years to get used to the situation I’m in in life and the weight it holds. One of the cops in the jail [in a later encounter] said: You know what? People are going to know who you are when you’re dead and gone. A hundred years from now, people are still going to be talking about you. It’s scary, but at the same time, it’s a blessing.
Rodney King • Speaking in an April interview with the Los Angeles Times about his legacy, which he seemed uncomfortable with. King, who died this morning of an apparent drowning, still suffered from injuries from the beating years after the incident.
June 17, 2012 // 12:03 // 2 years ago
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