Doing a little research on the O.J. Simpson case as part of my latest paper. Click here to watch the Frontline episode produced on the 10-year anniversary of the acquittal. I just watched “Chapter 5” which I think explains the reaction of the black community to the verdict quite eloquently. Al Sharpton’s quote at Johnnie Cochran’s funeral was particularly apt:
With all due respect to you brother Simpson — we didn’t clap, when the acquittal of Simpson came, for O.J. We were clapping for Johnnie.
It was a victory not for a murderer to go free. But a victory against an unfair system.