Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2000

Abstract

The theme of this essay is that blacks and whites reacted differently to the O.J. criminal verdicts because they watched two different dramas unfold over the course of the trial. Many whites saw O.J. as the archetype of Otello, the heroic Moor who came to live within the midst of Europeans and married the lovely Desdemona, only to kill her in a jealous rage after she befriended another man. Many blacks perceived O.J.'s trial as a modernized Porgy and Bess, which features white police officers abusing power when they jail an innocent person because they are too lazy to search for the true killer. Perhaps the most important question is: will the day come when whites and blacks watch an event and see the same opera unfold?

Publication Title

UMKC Law Review

Volume

68

Issue

4

First Page

705

Last Page

710

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Law Commons

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