I said that my O.J. missive would be short, but it isn’t. Please don’t hate me for it, as there may be something in this longish missive that’s of use.
Open Comment to O.J. Simpson: Dude. From the time that you escaped being convicted of murdering your second ex-wife and Ron Goldman, folks have been looking for reason to hem your idiotic, narcissistic behind up again. Why would you produce another legitimate reason?
During the thick of the Trail of the (20th) Century, I opined to another black person that Simpson was probably guilty; that if he didn’t do it alone, he had some assistance—perhaps one or two more able-bodied individuals who were able to immobilize the young and agile Brown and Goldman while Simpson himself administered the lethal—and personal--injuries to the two. Well, why did I do that? I got called every Oreo, Aunt Jemima, etc. in the book for my trouble. (Since I’ve become a Republican, this has become a more frequent occurrence and, therefore, far more of a yawner.) Back then, the Simpson acquittal was viewed as a symbol of victory for all of the black persons who had unjustly been subject to either formal or vigilante justice during the dozens of decades preceding the Civil Rights Movement and even beyond—at least by some black Americans.
Therefore, I came to understand—if not condone—the reaction to my honest appraisal of the situation. After that lone reaction, I kept my mouth shut about the situation unless in the presence of trusted company--usually my mom and my American dad. (I’ve mentioned before that Mom and Dad were personal-responsibility, CWBs--Conservative While Black--Republicans before it was “cool,” back in the 1980s—a number of years before I converted.)
In the last twelve years, things have greatly changed with regard to the black American appraisal of Simpson’s character. More and more are willing to admit openly that he probably orchestrated the Brown/Goldman murders or committed them himself (legally and morally the same thing). More and more have been willing to openly say that they were wrong for sticking up for Simpson.
Now, as Simpson again shows that he operates by his own standard of (a)morality, those who were willing to give him the benefit of the “doubt” last time are abandoning him to his self-authored fate. A person who understood how he was universally viewed—and who was actually innocent of the murders for which he was accused—would have known better not to take the law into his own hands (assuming that his contention is true.)
But Simpson doesn’t understand this, and as the professionals who have weighed in on the summation of his personality (disorder) have expressed, there is no way that he could have.
There are people out there who believe that all persons of African descent are genetically prone to malfeasance and even if notable civil rights organizations such as the NAACP would “hold a public burial” of excuse-making for the proven criminals among us, for example—said people wouldn’t change their minds. This isn’t about those who believe in our innate criminality (and inferiority); it’s about asserting the opposite for the benefit of ourselves.
O.J. Simpson is a sociopath of the first order. That he is a black version of same got him acquitted of murder. That most blacks—even those who defended him last time—are abandoning him this time, speaks of hope—a hope that more and more black people will begin to judge the psychopaths among our number by the non-existent content of their character.