|Originally posted by jcat
Having read "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" in high school, and then again as an adult, I have to say it's not an organization that I admire, and Louis Farrakhan can, IMO, rightfully be called a racist (remember when he called Asian-Americans "leeches"?) I was just astounded to hear about this, because surely it's a bad move on Jackson's part if he's going to be facing a "jury of his peers"? Didn't he learn anything in his dispute with Sony? I really don't believe most Americans thought of O.J. Simpson in terms of race before, or immediately after, the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, and were dismayed when the defense played the "race card". Who can forget how that polarized society? And now MJ, who doesn't even look "black" anymore, but like a melted Barbie, has had two white wives and has been idolized by millions of all races, is going to try the same strategy?
When Malcolm X was killed during a rally in NYC at the famous (but no longer existing) Audubon Ballroom,it was believed that Farrakhan had ordered the assassination because Malcolm was starting to become more centrist & had began to renounce his earlier views.They were never able to prove that however.
I don't want to offend anyone with this comment by a friend of mine, who is black, who mentioned to me that her step-nephew, who is a very sweet but easily led young fellow, had recently become a Scientologist. I was a bit surprised - I thought they only converted movie stars - and she said something like 'well before that, he got into the Nation of Islam, so we kind of think this is a step up for him.' (She and the rest of the family are Baptists, I believe.)
I would be very surprised if Jackson's defense took the 'racial defense' approach.I think it will be more " the DA in question has been out to get him for 10 years, people want his $$ etc" defense.
I don't even think Simpson's jury thought he was not guilty, but rather engaged in so-called 'jury-nullification' because of they were angered by the Mark Fuhrman stuff. Plus, the DA was an idiot to not have OJ tried by a jury of his real peers, in Brentwood. He made a conscious decision to have the trial in LA, and the rest was history. I don't recall his reasoning for the move, but I don't think that anyone in LA would have rioted over Simpson being convicted in Brentwood. I think they acquitted him because they felt Fuhrman's testimony as a slur on them, not OJ.
It's a bit off topic, but I wonder if any woman actually dates OJ now?? Supposedly, he also regularly smacked his first wife (who was black) around quite badly.