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A lesson from Rodney King: Forgiveness works.

Dr. Drew Pinsky talking with Rodney King.

Dr. Drew Pinsky talking with Rodney King.

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.

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  • Martin Cooney
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    June 21, 2012, 2:06 am

    Forgiveness is the one big thing most of humanity fails to achieve, isn’t it?
    And for a guy who was beaten senseless to selflessly forgive is a testiment to the peace that must have always been within him. Powerful clip too.

    Thanks so much for the share.
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    • Bellesouth
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      June 21, 2012, 12:44 pm

      And thank you for reading! Yes, it is such a strong statement to know that these people are forgiving; it is the best way to heal.

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  • Tamara McRill
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    June 22, 2012, 2:03 am

    Like Rodney said, it really does take more energy to hate. I hope that led him to some real peace before his passing.
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    • Bellesouth
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      June 22, 2012, 10:23 am

      I hope so, too. It’s so difficult when you experience something like that. One can only imagine what he’d been through. I heard recently on the news that he was still suffering terrors/flashbacks of what happened to him.

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  • Lisa Stover June 22, 2012, 4:43 am

    Wow, that’s all I can say. To think that she would be able to find it in her heart to forgive after all she went through, kind of makes the things we hold on to seem pointless and small.

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    • Bellesouth
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      June 22, 2012, 10:21 am

      That’s exactly what I thought after watching this film. It made me reach out to a family member I hadn’t spoken with for four years.

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  • Rebecca Livermore
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    June 22, 2012, 6:54 am

    Thank you so much, for sharing this, Eleanor. I totally agree with the power of forgiveness. Once, on a long international flight, I was asked by the woman sitting next to me what the key was to my long-term marriage. I immediately said one word, “forgiveness.” That is true, because there are no perfect people, no perfect jobs, no perfect relationships. When we forgive, we are free. We can heal and move on. I believe it’s one of the most powerful things ever.
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    • Bellesouth
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      June 22, 2012, 10:18 am

      Forgiveness has kept me going. It’s a constant struggle, and forgiveness doesn’t mean you forget, but it means you are seeking peace, at the very least within yourself.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  • Shawn S. Lealos
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    June 22, 2012, 12:39 pm

    Great look at a serious subject
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