although he still was. The extent to which anti-black policing and anti-black brutality was
institutionalised was epitomised by this one moment, in which the policemen found no reason
to hold back unleashing everything short of lethal violence on Mr King on that fateful night.
This in visual form was the personification of ideological and structural racism as discussed
in the course, which is backed up by the unjust jury decision shown later in the film.
Another aspect which brings to light intersectionality between two major minority groups
within Los Angeles at the time, the Korean-American community and the black-american
community, is that of the trial of Soon Ja Du, a Korean woman, who was tried for the
voluntary manslaughter of a fifteen year old girl, Latasha Harlins. As tensions were already
high between the two communities due to previous economic and social factors, a Korean
shop owner brutally murders a young black girl for suspecting that she might be stealing
orange juice from her store. While it is outrightly unjust to murder, the paradigms of the
situation allude to a history of racialization and stereotypes compounded by popular media
and the controllers of the media of the time. Latasha Harlins had, before committing any
crime, been perceived as a threat to Soon Ja Du's business, and threatened her safety without
ever asserting that position. This perception is what Soon Ja Du finds it just to pull out her
weapon and shoot the young girl in the back of her head. The perception, as it should be
mentioned, was heavily dependent on the history of stereotypes on black people shown in
media and culture, depicting black people as closer to primates, and being criminals if
anything closer to being civilised human beings. (Cheung, 2005, 7) Tensions also applied
inversely where Korean members of the community were ideated to be the "model minority"
which coincided with members of their community filling up the economic void left by the
departure of Jewish business owners after the Watts riots. (ibid, 6) Owning businesses gave
Korean immigrants the disdain for stereotypical black criminals and it also gave black people