Watching an episode from the Simpsons-esque OJ Simpson spoof series, fittingly entitled the OJ Simpsons, with my younger brother, his probing questions brought the murder trial up. Reminiscing on the day the verdict was announced in my elementary school cafeteria, I could answer little.
Digging around a little, we were struck by the incompetence of the prosecution. That one of the lead prosecutors, Marcia Clark, who cashed in with a book about the botched trial and now enjoys a plush correspondent position with Entertainment Tonight, would so foolishly stack the odds so heavily against the prosecution is remarkable. Of a jury pool that was 40% white, 28% black, 17% Hispanic, and 15% Asian, the racial composition of the twelve who issued the verdict was 17% white, 75% black, and 8% Hispanic. Relative to non-blacks, blacks were overrepresented by a factor of nearly eight!
Clark assumed women, irrespective of race, would sympathize with the plight of a female victim of the worst kind of domestic violence. But evolutionary pressures have placed a premium on a conciliatory predisposition in women in contrast to the competitiveness favored in men. This bioligical underpinning is reinforced by cultural influences that urge women to be tender and forgiving.
A gender alliance trumping a tribalistic one? Clark thought that black women would side with a white woman. Yet the shortage of viable mates for black females, given black male mortality and criminality, and the lopsided number of black male-white female marriages relative to much less frequent white male-black female marriages (a ratio of nearly 3-to-1), put a target on that golddigger's back! And her pal Ron Goldman, as a Jew, wasn't going to elicit much sympathy.
Most astounding of all is the total absence of white men. In additon to being generally assumed the demographic group least inclined to forgo punishment in consequence of a crime, the primal tendency to want to defend a 'sister' from an outside aggressor, should have made the white male the prosecutorial team's gem. Darden and Clark should have fought to snatch up as close to twelve of them as was possible. That Clark's book is available on Amazon for the bargain price of one penny is a testament to her intellectual celerity.