I really didn't want to cover the case of OJ, and for the most part, I won't be providing any sensational coverage. I typically avoid posting about Hollywood celebrity nonsense here, because this is not a celebrity blog. I hate the whole celebrity culture that has most Americans so brain-screwed. Hollywood and Vegas could disappear tomorrow and I wouldn't lose any sleep.
But I wanted to point out how pissed I am that this clown of a man has given the authorities what they have wanted since he escaped Justice in the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown, and her acquaintance Ron Goldman. I happen to believe that Simpson was guilty in that case. Unfortunately an overstretched, ill-informed jury and a careless Prosecution team allowed this man to walk. Well, Simpson has now been charged with 8 offenses, including robbery and kidnapping related to this most recent fiasco. His 3 accomplices have also been charged.
Read the official criminal complaint here (pdf)
And when you think things could not get any worse for this idiot, his problems do in fact appear to be mounting. Not only is there an audio tape of the robbery in progress in the Vegas hotel room (I am not posting the audio here... find it online), but it has come to light that one of Simpsons victims, Bruce Fromong, has had a "massive" heart attack and is now in critical condition. This begs the question.... if Mr. Fromong dies, could Simpson face murder or manslaughter charges? It is plausible if doctors can testify that the robbery contributed to the heart attack. He is already facing at least 30 years in prison on the current charges.
Simpson is getting what he deserves for giving authorities the opportunity to gun for him again.
Most sensible people would have chosen a quiet & comfortable life of retirement after getting away with double murder. But Simpson seems to have embraced a street culture, complete with a more seedy cast of characters. He was bound to get caught in this kind of nonsense. His actions in this case seem to add credence to the suggestions in the murder trial that Simpson can at times be explosive and can become out of control. I can recall how he tried to pass himself off as calm, kind and orderly during that trial.
I am also annoyed that I will have to see a story about yet another Black man involved in criminal activity. The networks are really eating this up and are more than happy to put a Black face on their screen, as long as the face is connected with criminal activity. This was a gift to the networks. Unfortunately, we will be bombarded with this case for at least the next two years. The networks were barely getting over their frenzy regarding another criminal from pro-football, Michael Vick, when the OJ story broke. Yet when Black women and children go missing, we don't see the same kind of wall-to-wall coverage.
Ultimately this could be poetic Justice for the Brown and Goldman families. I certainly see it as a second chance at Justice, although he beat the original murder charges. That's one saving grace from this whole fiasco. Another potentially good development that I see coming from it (as a citizen) is that if he is convicted and finally put away, we won't have to hear from this man again (hopefully). The media won't be able to use him for ratings and endless nonsensical coverage, and he in turn won't be able to use the media to hock his merchandise.
I have grown tired of even hearing the name OJ Simpson, and I am even more tired of his antics.... Even up until recently the man was engaged in all manner of minstrelsy to make a buck. Simpsons continued presence in the spotlight is damaging to our image (Black Americans and Black men in particular). For White America, Simpson is a figure who serves as confirmation for already deeply held beliefs and stereotypes about the Black male- The Black male as oversexed, the Black male as beast, the Black male as innately criminal, the Black male as violent, the Black male as a threat to White women, the Black male as someone to be avoided, the Black male as a security problem, etc. And in the case of Simpson, these beliefs are affirmed even for successful Black men... It says that no matter how successful, assimilated, and wealthy they get, they are still beasts at heart. This case (just like the murder case before it) has sparked countless conversations around the White dinner tables across this Country with the theme of "I told you so". This is especially the case for young White women in relationships with Black men, particularly where her family does not approve of her choice. These are the kinds of discussions that Black folks are rarely privy to.... but that we know are taking place everyday.
I also can't help but wonder what Mr. Cochran would think about his former client, after all the work that Mr. Cochran did for him. Publicly Cochran would offer support, but it would be interesting to get inside the mind of Cochran to find out what he really would think of Simpson after this case.
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