OJ Simpson was released on parole overnight in Nevada after spending nine years for a botched robbery. Simpson served nine years of a 33 year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery. The kidnapping took place years after he was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. The harsh punishments for “taking back my own ___” might have been payback for having the nerve to beat the murder rap. The case captured the country’s imagination as a black man was accused of killing a white woman – the equivalent to a magic trick. Black men have been hanged in this country for simply looking at a white woman, and Simpson beat the charge.
After the tens of millions of dollars Simpson spent on the trial he should have beaten the charge. The trial was surrounded by several narratives:
[i] The Black Man and Black Woman Narrative: It’s well-known that inter-racial marriage is taboo in the country. A black man marrying a white woman is bad enough, but “You had better not put your hands on her.” OJ did that and then some … and he got away with it.
America was so mad that it made domestic violence a serious crime in order to protect white women like Nicole. The irony is that most of the people calling 911 for domestic violence is black women. They actually thought the law was for them.
[ii] The “If You’ve Got Money You Can Off” Narrative – The Simpson trial showed that anyone can get justice … for a price. The Dream Team of lawyers poked holes through the prosecution’s argument that the mountain of OJ’s DNA at the crime scene and the history of domestic violence proved OJ’s guilt. The Dream Team spun a narrative of dirty cops trying to set up another brother in LA, and the jury bought it. The blood-soaked gloves the killer used to kill Nicole with didn’t fit … that didn’t help the prosecution’s case either.
[iii] The Dirty Cop Narrative – There had been several years of turmoil between the LAPD and the black community leading up to the trial. The LAPD ran roughshod over the black community in ’80s and ’90s. The Rodney King beating shocked everyone but the residents of L.A. When the LAPD wasn’t roughing people up it was racially profiling them. Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead described how the police profiled Oakland Raiders’ Marcus Allen:
California has always had an image of being the “Sunshine State.” However, I had heard rumblings of police brutality and racial profiling. Former Oakland Raiders running back, Marcus Allen, had gotten stopped so often while driving his Lamborghini that he had to get a special license plate. That way, the LAPD could recognize him in advance.
The Dream Team put the LAPD on trial and it worked. When it was discovered that rogue cop Mark Furhman had lied under oath about using a racial slur towards the blacks, that didn’t sit too well with the jury. When asked had he mishandled evidence in the case, Furhman invoked his 5th Amendment rights. That pretty much sealed it for the defense.
What’s Next For OJ?
OJ was released on parole, and apparently will reside in Las Vegas for a while. He may seek permanent residence in Florida. The Nevada prison wanted to ensure the safety of prison guards, and Mr. Simpson. They also did not want to have any incident with the media or paparrazi. Word on the street is that the first photographer who gets a picture of Simpson on the street could get $20,000.
On Shock Exchange
Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead explains the stock market and U.S. economy through the eyes of the New York Shock Exchange, a financial literacy program Ralph Baker started in 2006 to share his passion for investing and basketball with his 11-year-old son and other boys his age. The book predicts the “pain ahead” for the U.S. economy, the demise of China, the pending stock market crash and social unrest.
Shock Exchange has been trumpeted by President Obama, the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. However, they conveniently forgot to cite the source. Critics try to make and unmake authors, but the market always decides. The book was also recently added to Trump Syllabus K12, crafted by Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead of Loyola University Maryland. Shock Exchange is the best book on Wall Street in the past 20 years, and on economics, it may be the most important book since the Great Depression.