The politics of the OJ Simpson case

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Sat Oct 7 07:31:29 MDT 1995


Louis:

1. What if the defendant was a Jewish financier, someone like Michael 
Milken, who was being charged with large-scale white-collar crimes 
and the head detective was a Black? What if the Black detective had 
been recorded on tape saying things like: "All Kikes are thieves", 
"Hitler was right" and "These Jewish bastards are usually smart 
enough to cover their tracks, but they deserve to have evidence planted 
on them." What would be the reaction of the media? What kind of 
high-minded reaction could we expect from the Jewish op-ed 
columnists of the NY Times? Would they say, "ignore the racist cop's 
ranting, just focus on the evidence."

2. Why has so much fury been directed against Johnnie Cochrane? 
Cochrane is an articulate, smart and self-confident attorney. But to 
some, he is the typical "uppity nigger." He took over the defense from 
Robert Shapiro, who other lawyers on the defense team regarded as an 
"empty suit." What a role reversal! The stereotypical high-powered, 
cocky Jewish lawyer being demoted by an African-American. How 
dare he! Cochrane further angered Shapiro when he had the temerity 
to compare Mark Fuhrman to Hitler. (Fuhrman had said that all the 
blacks should be rounded up and incinerated.) When the father of Ron 
Goldman expressed outrage at this comparison, one could only wonder 
about how some people can be puzzled over the deterioration of black-
Jewish relations in America.

3. Compare the Simpson trial with the trial of Claus Von Bulow, 
another wealthy individual who a ton of circumstantial evidence had 
implicated in the attempted murder of his wife. Von Bulow was even 
defended by Alan Dershowitz, a member of Simpson's legal team. 
When Von Bulow was found not guilty, there was a day or two of 
shock but people got over it rapidly. Soon Von Bulow became sort of a 
pet of high society, a character out of a Hitchcock mystery. He 
appeared in the glamor magazine "Vanity Fair", clad in black leather, 
photographed by Helmut Newton, who usually does portraits of the 
rich and famous. Now Von Bulow is welcomed everywhere, while 
Simpson will be regarded as an outcast by polite caucasian society for 
the rest of his life. The lesson here is that blacks, no matter how much 
money they have at their disposal, will always be considered inferior to 
whites and that's all there is to it.

4. The Wall St. Journal expressed concern over the jury's decision and 
took another tack entirely from the racist offerings appearing 
everywhere. They fretted over one more sign of "jury rebellion" and 
connected it closely with the acquittals being given to militia members 
by white juries in places like Idaho. The ruling-class of the United 
States should be definitely concerned about this rebellion brewing 
within the judicial system. They last thing they need is connections 
being made between blacks in Watts and ranchers in the rural west. Of 
course, this is exactly the sort of tie socialists should be building.



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