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Dr Marriah Star

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I will talk about the white-washing of the 1990s. The decade was filled with violence, but historians want to talk about the 1990s as a decade filled with peace and prosperity.

The 1990s started out with a violent dictator in the Middle East invading a smaller country and threatening "The Mother of All Wars." Iraq became America's Enemy Number One after being America's Best Friend in the 1980s as it battled Iran.

The 1990s turned violent at home immediately as four white police officers beat motorist Rodney King nearly to death.

The Los Angeles jurors declared the four white police officers "not guilty" of police brutality. The citizens of Los Angeles went on a destructive rampage.

If you weren't scared of white police officers planting evidence on you and beating you up, you were scared of your next door neighbor killing you in a "drive by" as he drove past your house, shooting up everything, killing your kids, possibly killing you.

O.J. Simpson was accused of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her boyfriend, Ronald Goldman. 

Timothy McVeigh blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 

The Government Shutdown proved how dysfunctional American government is when a bunch of Southern politicians run the federal government.

Clinton became only the second president in American history to be impeached. 

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold proved that no one was safe from lunacy and violence.

From the police brutality at the beginning of the 1990s to the school shootings at the end of the 1990s, the 1990s were a violent, bloody decade with death awaiting around every corner and the government powerless to help you.

Remember this whenever you think wistfully of the 1990s as a peaceful, innocent decade.

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