Rodney King’s Daughter Pens Open Letter to Eminem

Remy Gelenidze

Eminem’s latest album, Revival, has left his fanbase divided, as many of Eminem’s albums have done the same. Yet, there is one person who has been greatly touched by Eminem’s message in the album, especially the second single of the album, which is called “Untouchable.”

Rodney King’s middle daughter, Lora Dene King, recently penned a heartfelt open letter to Eminem, expressing gratefulness to him for sharing his message and feelings on the politically charged single. It must be noted that Eminem references her father in the song with the following lines: “We done seen them beat Rodney King unconscious, and got off, So we do not need all you crooked police officers’ peace offerings.”

In the new interview with Billboard, Lora King – founder of the Rodney King Foundation for Social Justice and Human Rights – explains her initiative behind thanking Eminem. She says: “I decided to write this letter to Eminem because it takes heart to speak about this subject that so many people overlook. I wrote it because his song gives people like myself hope. It is not just this song that inspires me but his music, period. He speaks for the hurt that people sometimes suppress in order to deal with society. The details in this song let me know just how much he cares. I wanted him to know that I appreciate him writing it.”

You can check out her entire letter below:

Dear Eminem,

I’m the middle daughter of the late great Rodney Glen King. I’m also the founder of the Rodney King Foundation for Social Justice and Human Rights. I first would like to thank you for always speaking on subjects that are not so attractive to America but need to be heard. Thank you for always speaking for the unheard, with the position and the race you possess. Please keep going against the grain to wake people up and hopefully spark a change.

Thank you for speaking about the elephant in the room: “injustice in America,” from a white man’s perceptive with a human heart !!! Thank you for speaking the truth about America not liking the site of a black boy. Period. No matter the time !!! It is always the wrong time and then time is up !!!! So glad you mentioned how the bad cops always mess it up for the good cops. There are too many good cops that get overshadowed by the dark cloud of bad ones. Thank you for speaking on segregation.

Years ago, blacks were only allowed to live in the project units and never allowed to relocate. You got some hellllva lines in the song !!! Thank you for speaking on sec eight. That always comes to mind and also for speaking on the true reason it was created: to break up black family’s because the male… was not allowed to live in the home. If they found out, the women was kicked out. What a catch 22! This whole entire song gives me chills, so deep in my soul. Life for blacks does feel like a razor wire fence.

I can personally say I have had really bad anxiety since the age of seven, from the time my father was beaten. Whenever police are around me, I have to keep calm. I hate that feeling. It feels as if my chest is caving in. THANK YOU for speaking on my father. You touched on them beating my father till he was unconscious. That is sick every time I think of it. He could have died if it was not for his size. Thank you for speaking up for all the people with a voice that get put on mute, from speaking for change. Keep inspiring Eminem and again thank you.


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