O.J. Simpson. In 2016.
I remember being six-years-ld, still living in Minnesota. And on the television screen was a white Ford Bronco driving down the highway with the, essential, police escort. Prior to this, I remember having seen eothjer Naked Gun 2 1/2 o r Naked Gun 33 1/3 in my lifetime. However, I had never heard the name, “O.J. Simpson,” until I watched the Bronco hase.
From then on – the next year or so – that name couldn’t be escaped.
keep in mind, I, largely have a fondness for news and politics and such because my mother shares the same passion. It’s soemthing genetic. Thus, throughout this entire year, the O.J. trial was, damn near a nother family memeber.
But of course, I’m only six-to-seven-years-0old throughout the whole ordeal. I remember the day of the verdict, I was saying, ver and over again, “I think he didn’t do it.” Onlt for him to be found not guily.
O.J. Simpson’s trial was, without a shadow of doubt, the precurssor to reality televisn. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about tit. And don’t even get me started on the Kardashians.
Now, we’re over 20 years after the fact.
And thanks to the excellence that was FX’s The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – or even more recently – ABC/ESPN’s O.J.: Made in America documentary, this case has been thrust in front of the American public once again. Myself included.
But,just like a pull-ups commercial. I’m a bid kid now!
Allow me to say this: There is absolutely no doubt that O.J. committed the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. In my mind. There is way too much evidence that points to him. The theories that have been put forth all either completely exclude or try to dramatically include the fact that his blood was found at the murder site and his home.
And trust me. The theories that are otu there to prove innocense are just. moronic. It would include having to have a bit of Simpson’s blood. Just. laying around. For no reason. So.
All of TYhat being said. Mark Fuhrman was an obvious piece of shit, as far as human beings are concerned.
So, why was O.J. acquitted? For the love of anything holy, there was a literal blood trail from the crime scene to his house. How could hae have gotten away with murder?
Ther biggest reason? There’s no easy way around this. But it has to do with race. The city of Los Angeles had been through a number of sdifferent racially charged, police involved incidents. The largest of which was obviously the acquittal f those involved in the RodneyKing beating. In font of a predominantly black jury, the evidence seemingly didn’t matter.
The LAPD and their potential faults, the system and its potential faults were on trial . Not O.J. Simpson.
I am, admittedly, generalizing here. There’s a LOT more to the situation than just this.
Then there’s the most infamouse moment in the whole 200+ day trial. It lead up to Johnny Cochrane’s famous line in the closing state,ent. “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”
F. lee Bailey, a member of O.J.’s “dream team” of attornerys, essentially goated Chris Darden to force Simpson to try on the gloves recovered from both scenes. And ofcourse, by all appearances, the gloves didn’t fit on that day in court.
With all of this, and much, MUCH more equates to a not guilty verdict.
Why is this case that happened 21 years ago still relevant today?
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure.
There is, obviously, something about all of this. Be it celebrity. The horrific ways in which the victims were murdered. The racial tensions of the day. The public, televised trial. Up to the verdict itself. it all is appealing.
Tjis moment in American history will live on in infamouyl. Even now. In 2016.
And damn it. It’s just.