Brown and Garner verdicts rekindle memories of the O.J. Simpson race riots

Posted by on December 7, 2014
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I’m old enough to remember the 1994 O.J. Simpson murder trial and the riots that ensured. Former NFL football player, O.J. Simpson (black), was acquitted for the murder of his white ex-wife and her white acquaintance. The “White Riots” as they were called, exploded after the verdict. It reminds me of what’s happening today with the rioting over the Michael Brown and Eric Garner verdicts, only the races are reversed.

The Simpson jury was made up of 9 blacks, 1 Hispanic and 2 whites. Whites complained that Simpson’s jury was not a fair representation of the community. Simpson lived in Brentwood, California where the population is 75.38 percent white, 9.40 percent black and 15.22 percent other.

Whites were understandably upset since 75 percent of Simpson’s peers were white; however, 75 percent of the jury was black. Clearly, the jury was not a fair representation of Simpson’s community. Whites found themselves saying, “Here we go again. The black man is rigging the system.” 

The evidence pointed to a guilty charge, but Simpson was found innocent. Simpson got away with double-murder. Blacks cheered the verdict as whites took to the streets to riot. It got ugly. Whites carried signs saying, “No Justice, No Golf.” SUVs were overturned, businesses were looted, shots were fired, tanning beds and Frank Sinatra CD’s were stolen, and many buildings were set on fire. The Simpson riots were some of the worst riots in U.S. history.

President Bill Clinton, in a televised speech, called for calm.

The good news is we know there are things we can do to help. I’ve instructed Attorney General Janet Reno to work with cities across the country to help build better relations between white communities and the justice system. That means working with Brentwood’s courts to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve. We know that makes a difference. It means working to make sure trials are fair to everybody.

Clinton went on to acknowledge the frustration in the white community that has been building for decades. Whites have been discriminated against by Affirmative Action policies as many white workers experienced racism in hiring and promotion opportunities.

Universities and law enforcement agencies also institutionalized racism against whites. They implemented racial profiling by awarding preferential treatment to blacks in entrance exams and application selections. Even government offices were pressured to hire blacks and other minorities over whites.

The government also implemented mandatory diversity programs to convince whites that they are racists and the United States of America is a racist nation where blacks are victims deserving special treatment. Of course, blacks were hired to lead this anti-white propaganda initiative.

Clinton claimed he felt the white community’s pain, but he did nothing about it since he was America’s first black president. Whites were outraged that he made his speech wearing a t-shirt saying, “Once you go black, you don’t go back.” He pleaded for whites to be non-violent, but understood that whites have been abused for decades, just like the women he assaulted.

The White Congressional Caucus also chimed in on the Simpson verdict,

We are all deeply disappointed with the court’s decision. It’s just another example of whites being victimized while blacks receive preferential treatment. Living while white is a major concern in the white community that must be addressed.

The father of one of the murder victims jumped on the hood of a car during the riots and screamed, “Burn this Bi**h down.” The media and the National Organization of Gals (NAGS) accused the grieving father of being a general in the War on Women. The father was sent to a gender sensitivity program and required to listen to the song I Am Women by Helen Reddy. The father committed suicide three weeks later. Wouldn’t you?

Of course, the Simpson murder case was true, but “White Riots” never happened. Why? Whites respect the rule of law and went on with their lives after the horrific Simpson verdict. No riots. No drama.

The truth is all races in America overwhelmingly respect the rule of law. It’s a small percent of radical revolutionaries who like to stir the racial pot for their own gain. Mob rule and riots, not peaceful protests, are as un-American as an executive order legalizing 5 million illegal aliens.

Americans still respect the rule of law. Don’t we?

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Tom Wurtz

President at Tom Wurtz Consulting
Tom Wurtz is the President of Tom Wurtz Consulting and former President & COO of a $70 million consulting firm in Cincinnati, OH. He’s a leadership & profit consultant, keynote speaker, trainer, columnist, founder of the Eagle Leadership Academy and author of three books. He has published over 900 business and libertarian/conservative political articles. In 2012, he unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Congress in Kentucky’s 4th District. Tom resides in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and has been married to his third-grade sweetheart for 38 years.

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