What was significant about the OJ Simpson case?

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The OJ Simpson case was significant because of what it told us about race in the United States in the mid-1990s.  

The major importance of this case was that it showed how differently African Americans and white Americans perceived issues of race and criminal justice.  For the most part,...

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The OJ Simpson case was significant because of what it told us about race in the United States in the mid-1990s.  

The major importance of this case was that it showed how differently African Americans and white Americans perceived issues of race and criminal justice.  For the most part, white Americans were certain that Simpson was guilty of murdering his (white) ex-wife and a friend of hers.  African Americans, on the other hand, saw his acquittal as a triumph over a system of justice that constantly takes the side of whites over African Americans.  

This case, then, forced us to take notice of deep racial differences in our society. 

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