Saturday, June 18

Why ‘Transcending Race’ Is a Lie

"I was born in the shadow of the 21st century, so I never knew O. J. Simpson as an athlete or as an actor. I wasn’t quite a year old on Jan. 1, 1989, the day Simpson beat his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, so badly that she fled their house screaming, 'He’s going to kill me!' I was only 6 on June 17, 1994, when the N.B.A. finals broadcast cut away to a shot of Simpson’s white Ford Bronco creeping down a California highway, escorted by a line of black-and-whites, as if in a funeral procession. That was four days after Brown-Simpson, 35, and her friend Ronald Goldman, 25, were found dead in pools of blood, nearly decapitated. Some of my earliest memories are of that white Bronco, and of the 'Trial of the Century' that followed, and of my parents’ happiness when Simpson was acquitted. ..."
NY Times
ESPN - Athletes, domestic violence and the hurdle of indifference
ESPN - O.J. Simpson: The patient zero of athlete privilege
The Atlantic - O.J.: Made in America Is Vital Storytelling
Why the director of O.J.: Made in America included graphic crime photos, but not Kato Kaelin (Video)

2016 April: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story