The video-beating the cops gave Rodney King was not the reason for the riots.
The riots were in reaction to the jury finding the cops not guilty for the manifest brutality that the video tape showed.
The not-guilty verdict tacitly gave permission police to continue to abuse black people who have less than acceptable appearance and background.
The danger from and unfairness to black people in their community was a fact of their lives.
That is the real truth about the riots in L.A.
If King were middle-class with a clean record, the outcome of the trial may have been different.
Or perhaps not.