There’s been a lot of talk about the death of Rodney King. His beating, as well as the riots that occurred after the officers who beat him were cleared, are still very clear to us.
Tonight I’m not going to talk about race, or police brutality, or any of the other issues normally dealt with. I’m going to talk – or rather show you – about forgiveness.
Most people don’t know this when I tell them, but more than three years ago, King returned to the site where he was beaten and made the decision to forgive the officers who hurt him. It was captured on an episode of Sober House as part of Rodney’s attempt at recovery from alcoholism.
Here’s the clip. It still clutches my heart.
I’ve been through a lot. Not as many as some people, but a lot. Traumatic experiences, bad memories, etc. About four years ago I began to understand the power of forgiveness.
I watched a documentary called Forgiving Dr. Mengele, about Eva Mozes Kor, a holocaust survivor who, along with her twin sister, underwent horrific scientific experiments under Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. Kor made a very controversial decision to forgive the Nazis. It was met with a lot of adversity from other Holocaust survivors.
Here’s a trailer for the documentary, which I suggest you find and watch as soon as you can:
After watching this film, I figured if Eva Kor can forgive the Nazis, I can forgive, too. And as she said, it does heal the soul, and it does set you free.
King released a book: The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption earlier this year.