The LA media is really playing up the riot anniversary coverage. The riot coverage is largely sympathetic to the rioters. Rodney King is everywhere. Reginald Denny is nowhere. But that is what you expect from the media. As part of that, the Los Angeles Times has rolled out an alarmist piece about possible new riots.
For the first time since the riots, there is an uptick in the number of Angelenos who fear that another civil disturbance is likely, according to a Loyola Marymount University poll that has been surveying Los Angeles residents every five years since the 1992 disturbances.
Nearly 6 out of 10 Angelenos think another riot is likely in the next five years, increasing for the first time after two decades of steady decline. That’s higher than in any year except for 1997, the first year the survey was conducted, and more than a 10-point jump compared with the 2012 survey.
Young adults ages 18 to 29, who didn’t directly experience the riots, were more likely than older residents to feel another riot was a possibility, with nearly 7 out of 10 saying one was likely, compared with about half of those 45 or older. Those who were unemployed or worked part-time were also more pessimistic, as were black and Latino residents, compared with whites and Asians, the poll found.
Except that’s not quite right.
While the overall 58% number is high, in 2002 it was 55%. In 2007, it was 52%. That’s high, but it’s not as game changing as the LA Times wants you to believe. The shift though is racial. 65% of blacks and Latinos believe that new riots are likely, compared to 51% of whites and 46% of Asians.
This comes even though 70 tp 80 percent of various groups rate race relations positively.
If that’s the case, then what would cause the riots? It isn’t race relations. So we come right back to rioting for the sake of rioting. That’s the genie Obama freed from the lamp. And it’s an ugly thing.