You have to be a certain age to remember the way the O.J. Simpson trial gripped the nation. He had been a star athlete and had been in several movies, was black and married to a white woman. His wife Nicole had left him because he was physically abusive and while walking home with a friend, she and the friend were attacked by a knife-wielding man who stabbed them both to death.
No doubt, due to the nature of the attack and the viciousness of the attack, O.J. was the one who did it. But the race issue was all over this trial. People watched it on TV day after day. Feelings ran high. O.J. hired very clever and expensive lawyers who sought to cast reasonable doubt on the murder, based on the fact that while yes, DNA evidence pointed to O.J., the cops were so bigoted they may have planted the evidence.
The cops were, in fact, extremely bigoted and this was brought out effectively in court. And it was enough to cast reasonable doubt, because O.J. was found not guilty. Even I asked myself if it was reasonable to think the cops planted evidence. Well, I knew of cops who planted evidence in drug cases, so it was at least possible.
On the very strict guideline of “beyond a reasonable doubt,” I would have had to come back with a not guilty verdict, even though I was sure then that he did it and am still sure he did it. The cheers and moans after the verdict came in followed racial lines. In fact, in a follow up civil case he was convicted.
A cop in Ferguson, Missouri shot to death a young black man recently and protests have been going on all over the nation. Once again feelings are running high. I say Rule of Law is imperfect, but it is the best we’ve got. Arrest the officer, investigate and try him, just like you would any other citizen. Why is that so hard? He is not above the law.
You see, racism in a society is like the contents of the septic tank. You don’t see it or smell it until the tank overflows. Maybe the lid will be put back on the septic tank once again, but it would better for everyone, if that shit got pumped out for good.