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Excluded WithinThe (Un)Intelligibility of Radical Political Actors$
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Sina Kramer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190625986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190625986.001.0001

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Multiplicity and Collective Contestation in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots/Rebellion

Multiplicity and Collective Contestation in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots/Rebellion

(p.154) 7 Multiplicity and Collective Contestation in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots/Rebellion
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Sina Kramer

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Chapter 7 takes up the political unintelligibility of the 1992 Los Angeles (LA) Riot/Rebellion to understand—if not why the riots remain unintelligible to us as political contestation of political conditions—how this unintelligibility is produced and what significance it bears for us now. While riots (and race riots in particular) might be politically intelligible under certain conditions, the consolidation of anti-Black racism with riots throughout the latter twentieth century rendered “America’s first multiracial riot” particularly unintelligible as a political contestation of constitutive exclusion. I discuss the interrelation of gender, class, and sexuality in the Rodney King beating, the murder of Latasha Harlins, and the multiracial geography of the riots to articulate how the continued unintelligibility of the 1992 Los Angeles Riot/Rebellion, as well as contemporary riots, constitute political agency now.

Keywords:   riots, LA riots, Rodney King, Latasha Harlins, political epistemology, resistance, anti-Blackness, Afro-pessimism

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