Don Cheadle — L.A. is Still Recovering from Rodney King Beating

The issue of race relations is the “biggest thing we have to deal with as a society in the United States and probably the world” … so says Don Cheadle.

The Academy Award nominated actor — who was named the U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador in 2010 — was hangin” in L.A. this weekend when we asked about the impact Rodney King had on the city of L.A.

Cheadle believes King”s legacy will be a “mixed bag” … and says the infamous beating incident is “something we can hopefully reflect on and try to move past.”

“I mean hopefully, we”ve gotten past that … but still a lotta stuff to work out obviously.”

our sources broke the story … King died this weekend at his home in Rialto, CA.