Rodney King, found dead in his swimming pool yesterday at age 47, appeared on VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live just last month. In this extended VH1 interview, one of his last, Rodney discusses the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the VH1 Rock Doc Uprising: Hip Hop And The L.A. Riots (in which he appears), his recently released memoir, and Trayvon Martin.
But it is the subject of Barack Obama and race relations that provide the most striking parts of the interview. When asked by VH1’s Janell Snowden about the country in the Obama Era and his role in progressing race relations, Rodney says he thinks America is coming to its senses.
“I always knew we’d have a Black president, but if I didn’t suffer what I suffered and went through, I don’t think we would have had him that soon,” says Rodney. “I’m happy to have been living in this day and time and to have survived that beating, and then to see a black President in office.”