The LA Riots

It crazy watching a documentary on the LA riots as an adult. So much horribleness came from this. Most parts of LA suffered. Generally speaking, cops in that era were way worse than the cops now. I understand how the people felt. That anger of being innocent but being treated as an animal. Just being a minority and dealing with mostly white cops back the 90’s was hard. You were seen as guilty until proven innocent. We had a big run in with cops as teenagers. It was my dad birthday and we had a family party at my house. The older relatives were inside eating and singing karaoke while the teens made up of my cousins and friends were on the front lawn hanging out. Turns out while we were there hanging out a house got robbed down the street, literally a block away. A cop drove by and saw us hanging out on our porch and they thought we did it. That cop car leaves and then calls in for back up. In a few minutes you hear the sirens of multiple cop cars coming and a helicopter in the distance. They block off our street and fill the entire road with cop cars. All the cops have their guns pointed at us. They are spread out, a cop behind the tree, a few cops behind their cars and a few cops behind our car that is parked in the driveway. Keep in mind, we are all around 15 or 16 years old. My friends and a few cousins all got put in handcuffs for a crime we didn’t commit. They lined all of us up on the lawn and they had us face the street on our knees.  My family hears the ruckus going on outside and they open the door to see us all in handcuffs. The police then see other teens in the house and they walk a few steps into our house to pull some of them out. My dad comes out of the house and he yells “What is going on here?!” The lead officer in charge was an old white guy, older than my dad at the time. The officer yells “get back in side! This is none of your business.” My dad yells back this is my property and I demand to know what is going on!” They yell back and fourth for a few minutes. While this is going on we are still on our knees on the grass. I look to my left and see a bunch of cop cars on the street, I look to my right and see the sea of cop cars continuing all the way down. A few of the younger cops (both Latino and white) were talking to us while we were in handcuffs, I think after interacting with us they realized we were just kids and not a threat. They apologized and said “Just do as we say and you guys will be free soon.” We were proven innocent when the police officers put the owner of the house that got robbed into a squad car and had them drive down our street to see if they could identify any of us as the people that broke into their house. They said “no” and just like that all the most of the cop cars left and so did the helicopter. A few of the younger cops apologized, but the older white cop that was talking shit to my dad never apologized. He said “Your kids should be inside instead of on the street.” Then he left. It was fucking 10:00 and we are on our property and our family is inside celebrating a birthday. Do we have to be in bed by 10:00 pm? Why would that older cop apologize? He has to convince himself that he is always right.

 

With that one experience I can understand how other minorities felt, whether you are African American, Latino or Asian, do you really think a racist white cop from the 90’s could tell the difference? Do you think they even cared? If you weren’t white, you were a criminal. The issues in the black community started to boil over when Judge Joyce Karlin let Soon Ja Du get away with the murder of Latasha Harlins  Du was convicted by the jury of voluntary manslaughter, the recommended prison sentence was 16 years but Du got community service and a small fine with no jail time. I don’t care about race, I care about whats right. Du admitted that the gun went off accidentally and the jury found her to be guilty, so why should the judge not give her any time in jail? Even if it was an accident, she should have got some time in jail. One of the Latasha Harlins relatives in front of the court house said “Racism is not the Korean killing her, racism is court system that allowed her to kill her.” Which is 100% true. The court is supposed to be fair to everyone, in this case it wasn’t fair to Latasha Harlins family.

That’s just part of the story that leads up to the LA Riots and part of my experience dealing with shitty racist cops. What the documentary to see how it unfolds. Thank you for reading.  -aGIANTmonster

Great battle. I had the Gamblerz taking this one. Everything they did was on point.

Found Nation on the other hand… They are good bboys obviously, their routines were funny at times but they didn’t have good timing and they look awkward setting up some parts of their routine. They need more fluidity, they shouldn’t telegraph what is gonna happen next. It seems like half their members are at an elite level of skill while the other half aren’t quite there yet. Every member of the Gamblerz is at an elite level. Found Nation needs to help their weaker members get better if they hope to beat the best crews out there.

– aGIANTmonster

This looks really good! I’m actually excited to see this. Other than the Christopher Nolan Batman series DC movies have been quite bad. Even their trailers don’t look good. But this looks good as a trailer and it feels like it will be a good movie based on what is shown.

I don’t like how DC fans always use the excuse of “this DC movie was good because it’s just like the comics!” If I wanted to see something just like in the comics I would read the fucking comics or watch an animated movie. When I watch a superhero movie, I want to feel like the character of that movie is real, I want to feel like what is taking place on screen can really happen in everyday life. Another thing about hardcore fans is that if you don’t like a DC movie they automatically think you are a hater and a fan of Marvel. Which is not always true. Most people are fans of both DC and Marvel and just want to watch a fucking good movie. – aGIANTmonster

Money can’t buy you everything. Whether it’s Jesse James or Mr. Cartoon, when you deal with any sort of artist you have to follow their rules. You can’t expect them to make you a bike before the people that are already in line just cause you have money. You also can’t approach Jesse James with that Hollywood mentality of “I’ll just have my agent or manager inquire about purchasing a cool bike.” Established people Like James and Mr. Cartoon already have money, they want to sale their product to people that they actually like. Not to say that Sylvester Stallone is a bad guy but approaching Jesse like that was probably a bad idea. -aGIANTmonster

R.I.P. Gene Wilder – 8/29/2016

A lot of different generations grew up watching Willy Wonka, so it’s natural that we all share a sadness for the passing of Gene Wilder. I watched this movie so many times over the years. I just recently watch it at the beginning of this year. Gene will be forever remembered with this classic movie.

-aGIANTmonster

A Future Warrior?

There are rumors that Golden State might be going after Dirk Nowitzki and/or Kevin Durant. Now I don’t mind Nowitzki going to Golden State because he is a little bit older and his style of play works well with them, but Durant going to GS would just make them another All Star team just like the Miami Heat were when Lebron was there. Haven’t we learned anything from those seasons? It’s not fun to watch. Sure, the Heat had a bunch of highlights every game, but the games as a whole were not fun to watch. This last NBA Finals were good because the teams were evenly matched. The best games of the Jordan era, Kobe era or Lebron era were the ones that were close. No one wants to tune into a full massacre.

-aGIANTmonster