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Professor: O.J. Case Proved Whites Put “Conditions” on Support of Black Athletes


In one of the more idiotic columns we’ve read recently in the Washington Post (which, as you know, is really saying something), Quinnipiac University Professor Phillip Lamarr Cunningham said that the arrest and trial of O.J. Simpson proved that white America will support black athletes…but only as long as they meet a few “conditions.”

“The Bronco chase, coming in the middle of the fifth game of the NBA Finals, cast a brief pall on what had been a watershed moment for black athletes,” Cunningham writes. “To suggest that Simpson overshadowed a decade’s worth of goodwill toward black athletes would be an overstatement. But Simpson, arguably a major source of this goodwill, certainly made clear the conditions white Americans put on their goodwill, even as the nation’s greatest black athletes continued to thrill and amaze.”

Um, he murdered two people. If that crosses the line of the “conditions” under which white Americans are willing to support and accept this particular black athlete…well, what’s the problem? The bigger problem, if there is one, is that an overwhelming majority of black Americans – including those that found themselves on the Simpson jury – decided to support this black athlete despite the clear evidence of his guilt.

Cunningham uses this bizarre premise to look back on politically outspoken black athletes like Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown, both of whom, he says, proved too controversial to break through to mainstream white America. He then says that O.J. changed all of that, turning his back on politics and even eschewing any emphasis on his blackness to finally break through, star in Hertz commercials, and nab himself a starring role in the Naked Gun movies. He was followed by Michael Jordan and other nice, friendly, apolitical black athlete-celebrities. Those kinds of black athletes, Cunningham argues, white America could accept.

“The chase not only disrupted the NBA Finals — it also unsettled the comfort white Americans had developed for black athletes,” he writes. “For years, black athletes, and Simpson in particular, were held up as signs of the progress made toward bridging America’s racial divide. That night, however, he served as a stark reminder of how conditional that comfort was.”

Again: Conditioned on the assumption that our prominent celebrity athletes are not, you know, homicidal maniacs.

Simpson’s legal “dream team” managed to turn a case of obvious double-homicide into a case about racism in America. It’s interesting to see that all these years later, there are still idiots working in academia who buy into that transparent ploy.

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  1. Whether he was guilty or not, and I didn’t see a compelling case, the prosecution botched the case and as a well known white prosecutor said, you can’t get a conviction when you don’t have the evidence.
    Then, if not now in the left wing protocol, you were still innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

  2. Mr Fung, Fuhrman the Fuhrer ,the little twink living in the guest house out back…Cochran race casino step right up…FLBailey drunk…the fiasco comes down to this… OJ was entitled American royalty like all atheletes who was a killer.Period …Number dos ,Black people hate whites…..not all not all …consider this Young black teen comes into a white high school , he’s accepted people bend over backwards to help particularly if he’s athletic…and he’s safe. Safe. Turn it opp. A white teen in a black high school I’d give him three days tops a week til he’s beaten within an inch of his life…I’ve seen it…watch Burgess Owens testify in Congress is a thing of beauty. This isn’t your grandmas usa kids. Opportunity knocks. Lots are too lazy to open the door. They blame everyone else. University is a cesspool of excuses. Drop 100k to have a daughter get a useless paper and dangerous ideology. My kid is a worker. Got a nursing degree. Earns. Helps the community. She had a mandatory social justice course in her bsn degree taught,term used loosely by the corpulent green haired feminist . She had a contrary opinion /life experience and was in danger of failing a fictitious course taught by a fictitious person. She jumped ship after meeting w not one but two deans. Our fathers didn’t spill blood to have this crap ruin the country

  3. Anybody with common sense know s O J Simpson murdered them two human beings in cold blood. And he should have been executed for the crime s a long time ago if there was any justice in this country.

  4. Here’s the problem one we all know OJ did it! To Marcia Clark was an idiot who believed in first-degree murder and disregarded the coroner’s report that said it was a 3 and 1/2 to 4 inch blade.
    Mark fuhrman said there was a brand new Swiss army knife box and O’Jays bathroom that did not get entered into evidence. anyone who’s ever bought in a Swiss army knife knows that they’re sharp enough to shave with right out of the box. Enter the mysterious cut on O’Jays index finger. I’ve had that same cut many times when I’ve used my Swiss army knife and a vigorous manner! The locking mechanism tense than on hold when you’re putting that much force on it it closes on your finger.
    Marcia Clark’s folly was to not offer OJ a plea deal. And if OJ’s dream team didn’t ask for it they should have asked for a plea deal. I truly believed he was guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter. I think he came across the scene where Mark Goldman and Nicole Brown were in a passionate embrace any reach for the only weapon he had in his pocket a Swiss Army knife. Then he commits to turning those two people in the human pez dispensers!
    the thing I can’t understand is how he managed to pull off killing two people and preventing one of them from escaping. and he managed to get out of that situation almost completely unscathed.
    Problem is DNA doesn’t lie, that’s why we know he did it regardless of anything Barry Shrek had to say. He should have manned up accepted responsibility for his actions and done the right thing.
    Instead we discovered in he’s too narcissistic and self-absorbed to do the right thing. It has nothing to do with black or white or race or any of that crap. it has to do with people accepting responsibility for their own actions regardless of anything anybody else does!
    he was a childhood hero of mine now he’s a complete disappointment to me and all of America! He’s also too narcissistic to even care about the harm that he’s done. I only hope he can find a way to make it up to his children because of the life that he took out of their lives!
    I get it $10,000 a month in child support is a lot of money. I also believe he did not go there with the intent to kill her or Ron Goldman. Since Jeopardy is attached you might as well admit to his wrong doings because there’s nothing anybody can do about it. However if I were OJ I would just end my life to make amends for the wrong that I had done!

  5. The condition here is that decent people won’t support any color athlete who has committed a heinous crime, particularly when that was decapitating his wife.

  6. I don’t know if OJ did it or not, I wasn’t there. If he did, prosecutor’s office really messed it up. But think about it. If it was any other black, that “car chase” would have been stopped immediately (spike strip or blocking) and OJ would have been pulled out of he car and face planted into the ground while the cuffs went on. Personally, when I first heard about it, I hoped it wasn’t true. These days, you put the word “professor” in the description of the person making the claim, that begins to invalidate it for me.

  7. I’m one of those White’s and I don’t put “conditions” on the support of Black Athletes. I do however put “conditions” on stupid Professors. Your blatant ignorance must be a burden to you, isn’t it?

  8. The only “condition” I put on ANY athlete whether white, black, yellow, red or green, is that they respect my Flag and my National Anthem, and also respect the office of the President of the United States of America. If they are truly an American patriot, that’s all I ask. Otherwise I’ll take my “conditions” elsewhere.

    • HERE “IS” the ONLY condition put on men, BY GOD: …”Thou shalt love the Lord thy God w/all thy heart, and w/all thy soul, and w/all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is liked unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two laws hang all the law and the prophets.” Matt 22:37-40 KJV THESE are GOD’s conditions, forget what man puts on men when he won’t get these conditions/Commandments first! Psalms 119:5 KJV

  9. What sickens me the most is that the “FREEKING” race card is continually pulled just to get someone off from the wrong they may/not have done! I was NOT there but, the point being: “RACE” has NOT ONE THING to do w/what happened! If this man was Guilty, or Innocent, the LAWs of this nation and GOD’s laws should suffice to prove the matter! TO “H E Double Hockey Sticks” w/racial matters in this matter! When, NOT IF, a man/woman comes up Before GOD Almighty, in the Judgement he or she alone will be judged and be held accountable for, and will, and MUST answer for himself, there will be NO, well, I was racially hurt or dealt w/in an evil way! GOD is NO respector of prsons! Acts 10:34 KJV NO ONE will say, well…I was mistreated or misrepresented because I was black or a woman or whatever their excuse….That will NOT wash, when Jesus Christ KNOWS all about the “DESPARETLY WICKED HEART” Jeremiah 17:9 KJV

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