ICYMI: To many Black Americans, the O.J. Simpson verdict was bigger than O.J. Simpson


O.J. Simpson. Credit Chelsea Stahl / NBC News; Getty Images

In case you missed it, I spoke with NBC News’ Michelle Garcia about O.J. Simpson’s legacy and what his impact on Black America in 1994.

On Oct. 3, 1995, Black residents in parts of Los Angeles spilled out onto the street, cheering and passing celebratory drinks. The world had just learned that O.J. Simpson had been acquitted of double murder.

“Everybody was running out of their house, screaming and happy,” recalled journalist and cultural critic Jasmyne Cannick, who was a teenager living near Compton when the verdict came down. “I remember that. People had been glued to their television sets” for months on end, wondering where the jury would land.

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