Addressing the rioting sparked by the acquittal of police officers that assaulted Rodney King, Sister Souljah remarked twenty years ago:
The thing that happened in South Central started with a malady in the justice system, where white people could not see white men who had did something against black men and penalize them for what everybody in this country knows that they did. So the problem with white racism is that we don’t look in-depth and do these little documentaries on white people and what’s wrong with them.
Twenty years later, a white officer that escaped indictment for gunning down an unarmed black male said his conscience was clean. Apparently “racist tendencies are so deeply ingrained in Darren Wilson’s mind that he can’t even acknowledge them.”
Former LAPD Police Chief Daryl Gates said that the LAPD was falsely seen as a racist organization:
The media, particularly the electronic media, began giving that impression by playing that tape [of cops beating Rodney King] over and over again. And then, of course, everybody that had an opinion about what took place out there; they came in, they chimed in, and they gave their opinion; and it did look like racism.
While announcing that no charges would be filed against Darren Wilson, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch made a similar statement:
The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something – for anything – to talk about, following closely behind with the nonstop rumors on social media.
Gates said that community leaders exploited the Rodney King case:
They had the Reverend Jesse Jackson coming out here every week. [. . .] Al Sharpton came out. [. . .] These people . . . filled the atmosphere with hate: hate, hate, hate.
McCulloch claimed the Michael Brown case was also being exploited:
The physical evidence does not change because of public pressure or personal agenda.
Bill Clinton took Sister Souljah to task for saying, “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?”
If you took the words white and black and you reversed them, you might think David Duke was giving that speech.
After sharing a personal struggle with racism – he played golf at an all-white country club – Clinton pointed his finger at Sister Souljah across racial lines and said:
We can’t get anywhere in this country pointing the finger at one another across racial lines.
Sister Souljah had responded to a question about the Rodney King riots that had recently occurred.
Following the words cited by Clinton, Sister Souljah also said:
In other words, white people, this government, and that mayor were well aware of the fact that black people were dying every day in Los Angeles under gang violence. So if you’re a gang member and you would normally be killing somebody, why not kill a white person? Do you think that somebody thinks that white people are better, or above and beyond dying, when they would kill their own kind?
Souljah said in response to Clinton’s finger-wagging:
Neither Sister Souljah nor any other African leader in this world has the power to collectively and systematically beat down and destroy European people, White people deny it all, refuse to discuss it, silence, intimidate and harass those that take a stand and fight back. Yes, I am angry, which means that I am sane. Only an undereducated and misguided African person would not be angry at the racist White transgressions of this society.