Twenty-five years (!) after the L.A. Riots, James St. James at World of Wonder landed a newsworthy exclusive — a one-on-one with reporter Zoey Tur, who filmed Reginald Denny's beating and was shot at in the process.
Tur, a trans activist, recalls one of the most consequential days in the modern history of race relations in the U.S:
The day of the Los Angeles Riots was scary, there was so much tension. Right after the not guilty verdict, I turned to (my then-wife) Marika and said, “Let the riots begin!” I knew it would happen. One of my news directors from the TV station called me up and said, “Go fly and tell everyone how peaceful the city is.” As I was reporting, I saw that it wasn’t. I believed I would be arrested as soon as I landed, because what we learned was is that the LAPD top commanders had left the city to burn.
She also has some pointed words for the state of our union today:
I’m very positive about California, but then again, the rest of the country, you have to realize that just under 50% of the population are very racist. They voted for their racism. That’s why the polls were never accurate because no one wanted to admit their racism. Before the election, I said they would go into the voting booth and say ‘Fuck Transgender bathrooms, Fuck Black Lives Matter, “Fuck those Mexicans! I want mine!” And that’s exactly what they did. And don’t think gay marriage didn’t have anything to do with it! That was the last gasp of the white, heterosexual male.
More here. (Image via Zoey Tur)