By The Field Negro

The Juice will be 70 before he is loose again. He tried to work his magic on one more white woman but she wasn’t having it.

“I’m not here to sentence Mr. Simpson for what’s happened in his life previously in the criminal justice system. … The jury decided. There are many people who disagree with that verdict, but that doesn’t matter to me.”…

Yeah, sure your Honor. But here is the thing: we black folks would understand if the Juice had gotten the maximum. We set his a$$ free once and he couldn’t keep his stupid a$$ out of trouble. And what he doesn’t understand is that it wasn’t even about him. Hell we knew he did it. We set him free for all the men who were lynched down South without a trial. We set him free for all the innocent men who sit and rot in prison because they are poor or because of their race. We set him free because of all the Rodney Kings who weren’t caught on tape. We set him free because the L.A.P.D. had declared war on some of their own citizens, and racists like Mark Fuhrman had infiltrated their ranks. That’s why his guilty butt was set free.

So white A-merry-ca, we are even now. You helped to give us Obama, and you finally got OJ. I am glad you are not still mad at us for our little moment of celebration the first time the Juice was set loose. But you have to understand; we needed it then. Sh## wasn’t going too well for us as a people. We had just come through the Reagan years, and Clinton was still all a glow over his Sister Souljah moment. So we needed something, anything, to help us say, f### you whitey.

But those days are over now. Hell it seems like such a long time ago. Now we have a black president, a black man who has worn the “Green Jacket,” two black coaches in the same Super Bowl; and, of course, Oprah. Is this Utopia or what?

So sorry Juice, we won’t be taking to the streets for you like we did for Rodney King. You better hope your lawyer does a good job on your appeal, but somehow I don’t think if Johnny himself came back from the dead he would be able to save you this time. So get used to prison life, and try to make the best of it. Write a book or something, and stay out of trouble. Oh, and watch your “Naked Gun.” (I couldn’t resist)

“I stand before you today sorry, somewhat confused,…I feel apologetic to the people of the state of Nevada.” This was the first time I had the opportunity to catch these guys red-handed who’d been stealing from me and my family…In no way did I mean to hurt anybody or steal anything from anyone. I didn’t want anybody else’s stuff, I wanted my own… I wasn’t there to hurt anybody, I just wanted my personal things, I was stupid, I’m sorry, I didn’t know I was doing anything illegal. I thought I was confronting friends and retrieving my own property.”

You know who I feel sorry for? Clarence C.J. Stewart, the poor guy who was sentenced with the Juice today. Poor Clarence, doesn’t he realize that bad things happen when you hang with this guy? Although maybe I shouldn’t feel so sorry for him after all; because at least he is still alive. Still, President Bush if you are reading this, and if you happen to have any of those pardons left, could you hook old C.J. up please? It won’t make us forget Katrina, but it’s a start.

Wain Bennett is a practicing attorney in Philadelphia who blogs at The Field Negro.

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