Rod Serling would have loved how this played out: Race was the reason O.J. Simpson was acquitted in the Brown and Goldman murder trial in 1995. In setting Simpson free, the jury wanted to make O.J. a symbol of the perceived unbalanced struggle between the black accused and their white accusors. The jury made it clear that “not guilty even if proven guilty” was an acceptable response to the overall injustice of white racism against blacks in the legal process (that plus the jury members were pretty stupid).
So, with O.J. free as a symbol of that struggle for freedom and equality, fast-forward the tape to this year: Barack Obama becomes America’s first ever black president. Black people are finally free and equal — “unleashed” as Oprah phrased it — and what happens to O.J.? He gets sent to prison for at least 15 years.
No wonder The Juice is swatting at imaginary flies these days.