October 3, 2015 marked the 20th year since the verdict of not guilty, acquitted Orenthal (O.J) James Simpson, for the charges of murder in the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The trial and specifically verdict, divided most of North America along racial lines.
The reason for much of the divide is that many believed that celebration that ensued after the reading of the verdict by many in the black population across North America, was a celebration for O.J. getting off, but that is only 10% of the reason. O.J.’s acquittal, for many black Americans was an obscure sense of justice, a over the judicial system that has systematically failed so many blacks in America, and still persists today.
It has become apparent that the victory within the fractured justice system has been short lived, and the lost lives of so many black men in the US over the last few years is more than a reminder that things need to be changed, not made better, but dismantled and built on a foundation of equal justice that did not exist in its inception, and definitely not in its current form.
It has become time for us to look at the O.J. trial as more than a murder case, not to say what occurred was not terrible and unfortunate for the family of Nicole Simpson-Brown and Ronald Goldman, but, as look at what ignited the racial lines that were drawn as a result and during the trial.
In an attempt to shed a bigger light in the impact of the Simpson trial on America, BET Networks aired last night what they referred to as “an unapologetic and unfiltered look at the O.J. Simpson story from the perspective of a diverse array of African Americans – including many who cheered Simpson’s acquittal in 1995 with a new original documentary “WHO GOT THE JUICE?! THE O.J. SIMSPSON TRIAL 20 YEARS LATER.”
The one hour documentary as part of BET News’ ‘Truth Series”, focused on the 252-day trial, the issue of race surrounding the trial, and O.J. Simpson as a symbol of race dynamics, both good and bad in America. “WHO GOT THE JUICE?! THE O.J. SIMSPSON TRIAL 20 YEARS LATER” is produced by Misha Louy for Mass Appeal and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sacha Jenkins.
This film provides some great insight into an issue that is still rearing its ugly head very strongly in America and it needs to be dealt with by all. Even if you feel O.J. is guilty, I would recommend viewing this documentary, as a means to get past O.J. and see the bigger problem.
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