I was raised in an area that had a lot of ethnicities around; not in my town so much but nearby towns; and everybody joked with everybody else about things.
I didn’t know that police/news spoke in code words yet. I didn’t know any of that stuff. I thought if you don’t talk about race, it’s not a problem.
It was Rodney King I think – 1991 incident – that’d make me 19 – I think that’s when I first realized, that there’s a reason why everybody got upset and I could see why