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The O.J.: Made in America documentary reran on ESPN2 recently. Because my daughter and son in law liked it so much, I decided, at long last, to watch it. When I first posted to this thread, over a year ago, I explained that I gave up on watching the documentary because I thought it contained nothing I didn't already know, at least in general terms. My initial reaction still holds true with respect to the events arising from the murders of Nicolle Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. I admit, though, that I learned some interesting things I had not known about Simpson's Las Vegas kidnapping trial, which resulted in him receiving a 33 year sentence.
My overall take on the effects of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson remains as it ever was: the combination of the murder trial jury having engaged in the most famous, and to my mind most outrageous, case of jury nullification in the history of American jurisprudence, and Simpson's sleazy conduct afterwards, combined to set set back race relations in the United States a generation.
Racial prejudice, fomented, and in some places encouraged, by our sad history of slavery, has been our national curse since the dawn of the republic. Just as I had thought black and white Americans might actually not only try to understand but listen to each other, O.J. his crime, his trial, and his actions after the trial, they instead retreated to their adversarial corners. This is our tragedy. I hope we can do better.
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