from michael jackson’s unexpected and sudden death to janet jackson’s unexpected and sudden breast, there have been numerous events in the past 25 years that have had a particularly strong resonance in the black community.
today, as a service from vsb.com, the champ has decided to list the top five. enjoy and sh*t
***in reverse order***
5. the oj ordeal (june 14, 1994-october 3, 1995)
you know, the more i think about it, the more i think this actually had more resonance in white mainstream america.
although the entire country was captivated by this trial, i really can’t recall any black people genuinely feeling anything other than shock that he actually got off, and i definitely didnt see the widespread joy that, according to every news channel, was going on in our neighborhoods. like blacks who celebrate kwanzaa, the black who celebrated the oj verdict is still an urban legend to me
plus, jim jones killed nicole brown simpson anyway
4. the rodney king beating (march 3, 1991)
3. the LA riots (april 29, 1992-may 4, 1992)
while there have been bigger news stories, i don’t think i’ve ever seen a single clip more times than the footage of a coked-up defenseless rodney king getting his ass kicked by four cops. you can even argue that its the single most famous amateur footage in american history, even more than the zapruder film.
as far as the riots, a part of me felt a perverse amusement watching that unfold. it was like watching an unedited version of cops mixed with the biggest food fight ever, and the surreality of it all had me captivated.
the “amusement” quickly ended though, when seeing reginald denny pulled out of his semi and brutally stomped unconscious, reminding me of exactly how real that sh*t was
2. hurricane katrina (august 25, 2005-present)
its been four years, and i’m still too saddened about everything that happened down there to write intelligibly about it. sh*t, just thinking about watching “when the levees broke” still puts a lump in my throat.
1. president-elect obama (november 4th 2008, at approximately 11:00pm est)
honestly, since that night everything else to me (his acceptance speech, the inauguration, his eerily efficient fly-killing abilities, my life, etc) has been anti-climatic. i guess thats par for the course when you’re a witness to the biggest news story in black american history. (yup. i said it)
i know my list is right, but since liz my contract requires me to ask if i’m missing anything, i need to ask…am i missing anything?