Monday, May 2, 2016

Racism in the first degree

I knew what the outcome would be even before the jury foreman read the verdict.  So did practically everyone who watched.  “Not guilty,” the foreman read.  With that simple pronouncement the case of the People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson was over.

What troubled me wasn’t the verdict.  I knew what was going to happen.  I wasn't watching Court TV in the 90s.  I was watching FX's recent dramatization of the O.J. trial in the miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson:  American Crime Story.”  The verdict was handed down over 30 years ago.  

What troubled me was this — by finding O.J. "not guilty" the jury found us guilty of racism in the first degree.