Looking Back: The ‘92 L.A. Uprisings, 20 Years Later

Sohail Daulatzai In this episode, Dr. Maher Hathout is joined by professor and writer Sohail Daulatzai as they discuss the L.A. Uprisings of 1992. The two explore the contexts of the uprising, which occurred 20 years ago this April 29, and the forces that led to the biggest urban rebellion in U.S. history. With Rodney King being only the “tip of the iceberg,” the duo talk about the role of incarceration and the “war on crime” in American society.

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References in this espisode

  1. “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
  2. “Bastards of The Party” documentary film by Cle Shaheed Sloan

About our guest

Sohail Daulatzai teaches in the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Program in African American Studies at UC Irvine. He is the co-editor (with Michael Eric Dyson) of “Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic“, and is the author of the forthcoming book “Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America“.


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