A White Woman Receives Backlash for Defending the Rodney King Verdict

Aired on 05/13/1992 | CC tv-pg
In this heated moment from a 1992 Oprah Show episode following the Rodney King verdict, a young white woman receives backlash from other audience members after demonstrating a lack of compassion and humanity in her defense of the offending officers' acquittal. "We did not see the first 60 seconds of that video," the woman yells into the mic, implying that the American people did not have the full story and that the officers' cruelty toward King might have been justified. Later, an older white woman intervenes to explain why the younger woman's line of thinking was flawed: "She isn't old enough to know what has been going on for a long time."